Re: [OPE-L] Venezuela After the Referendum

From: GERALD LEVY (gerald_a_levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Thu Dec 06 2007 - 07:47:04 EST

Hi Paul C and Dogan:
A process where there is a random selection of administrators/leaders 
is a worthwhile goal.  But - especially in the early period in the development 
of post-capitalist societies, there may be advantages to forms of direct 
democracy whereby administrators/leaders are selected on the basis of 
the program (and possibly other criteria, like experience) which they 
advance.  We should not be so naive, after all, to assume that all 
conflicts and self-interest  will cease with the emergence of post-capitalist 
societies and in that context selecting leaders randomly is a bit like
playing Russian roulette.  
In solidarity, Jerry
2.       I think that the institution of the randomly selected assembly combining legislation with executive function is the key here. So long as you have a state structure based on an elected or appointed head of state  the roman dictatorial or imperial model, the role of leadership and command are combined. In a randomly selected popular assembly, the working masses will   be in the majority ( except perhaps in a highly parasitic rentier state).  As Aristotle says, the poor are always many and the rich are few. This class character of the state then provides a high probability that it will make decisions in the interests of the masses, provided that leadership in the original Leninist sense of mass education is there.


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