Re: [OPE] winning the battle of democracy

From: Alejandro Agafonow <>
Date: Wed Mar 16 2011 - 21:52:07 EDT

You are right Jerry. Although this has become the common usage of the term fascism, it has a more historically informed meaning that cannot be applied to Cuba or Libya. In democratic theory there are more general terms applied to any kind of dictatorships, either far-left or far-right. In this sense, the dictatorships of Cuba and Libya can be characterized as "hegemonic regimes," in the sense of not being polyarchical, i.e., not having a “political system in which power is dispersed.” A. Agafonow ________________________________ De: GERALD LEVY <> Para: Outline on Political Economy mailing list <> Enviado: mié,16 marzo, 2011 21:28 Asunto: Re: [OPE] winning the battle of democracy > According to the Cambridge Dictionary one can use the noun “fascist” to > refer, disapprovingly, to someone who does not allow any opposition, > ergo, Castro and Gaddafi. Hi Alejandro: No reputable historian or social theorist would use the term in that way. Note, for instance, that leaders (authoritarian figures) which have not allowed any opposition have existed throughout history but fascism is a modern phenomenon (which began in the 20th Century) and has a more specific historical and social meaning. Look up the word 'demand' in the same dictionary and see the multiple definitions. But within economics it has a specific meaning. You should also be aware that there are other meanings and definitions of democracy than the one which you use. In solidarity, Jerry _______________________________________________ ope mailing list

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