Monday, February 15, 2010

Alasdair MacIntyre on "Bourgeois Democracy"

"Marx himself had taken bourgeois democracy to be a sham because he believed that you could not distribute political power unless economic power were also distributed. A bourgeois society could not distribute economic power because it is an industrializing society; and an industrializing society is one in which a few men dispose by their decisions both of capital and of labor. It follows that an industrializing society cannot be democratic. Since Marx never envisaged socialism as anything other than the most radical form of democracy, he could only envisage it as coming into being in an already fully industrialized economy."

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