Democracy as permanent revolution

Democracy is surely not a system that allows government by the people, because in (nearly) all current implementations, government is a very small part of the people and thus separate from it. So what makes democracy “better” than other systems, if anything? The fact that it allows the people to at least choose their government (normally, from a limited amount of options, however).

A regime change in states with dictatorship or similar authoritarian systems is called a revolution (latest example: Tunisia). But not so in democracy. Why not? In my understanding, democracy is a system of permanent revolution1. Just, that these revolutions are formalized, scheduled and intentionally peaceful. Then of course, I would even better like to see democracy as a system of government by the people, concretely, Internet-mediated direct democracy in a network of agile micro-societies that together form one whole nation-state society.

Interesting side note: Karl Popper wrote something about the kind of society in which such “permanent revolution” is possible: in his two-volume book “The Open Society and Its Enemies”, he defines an “open society” as one which ensures that political leaders can be overthrown without the need for bloodshed.” [source]

1 Note: Permanent revolution is a term first coined by Marx, then extended by Leon Trotsky and applied by Mao Zedong. I use this word in a new, democratic sense and claim to have re-conquered it.



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One response to “Democracy as permanent revolution”

  1. Paolo

    Well, is difficult to explain a thought in few rows.
    Democracy as we see actually is just a power of few people (commercial, financial and multinational firms) and nothing more. They elect some servant persons by polling to make their owe business. Other, as in medieval era, still work just to gain some food for their squalid life. They think to have power, but they have nothing! A revolution could do something better than democracy, but revolution need people with great intellectual profile and right now I don’t see anyone who could be a leader. I can’t talk about Marx, Trotzky and Mao all of them where created by zionism and have produced million of dead people: they are not a good example, but they could inspire someone to upside down this pseudo system democratic.

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