Re: [OPE] Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela internal ballot.

From: Dave Zachariah (
Date: Tue Mar 11 2008 - 09:31:01 EDT

> Democracy has historically taken different forms in different social
> formations and that is a fact. At issue is: who decides which form?
> Is it the workers and poor themselves, the intelligentsia, or some
> other group?

The original meaning and forms of the term has to be determined by 
historical research. Then it is a matter of opinion of how inclusive the 
term should be. I prefer being more precise here, calling it 'classical 
democracy' which has two distinguishing features: decision making by an 
Assembly of citizens and representative bodies drawn by lot.

//Dave Z
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