Re: [OPE-L] Venezuela After the Referendum

From: Dogan Goecmen (dogangoecmen@AOL.COM)
Date: Thu Dec 06 2007 - 10:52:56 EST

"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."

I am not sure whether I would agree with everything you say above. I would probably subscribe to most of your thoughts above. But I sense that you are trying to formulate a more generela sceptical position against the concept of direct democracy. I incline to say that in the transition societies it wont be possible to apply it fully. But once all social classes and layers are overcome there wont be any need to refer to the concept of representative democracy because it hast to do with the vertical technical division of labour.


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