Democracy: Cant We Do Better Than That?
by: Bob Avakian
isbn: 0916650294

Is democracy, or "true" democracy, the pinnacle of human social organization? Is the fundamental goal of socialist revolution the broadening and deepening of democratic institutions? Bob Avakian, chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, argues that there is something far more subversive of the status quo, something far more liberating, than democracy. This book is a major work of Marxist political theory that dissects the fundamental positions and arguments of democratic theory and confronts the "crowning achievements" of democratic society. Avakian examines the notion of democracy as it was developed in ancient Greece and Rome, and subjects the democratic theory Hobbs, Locke, Rousseau, Paine, and Mill to detailed analysis. He explores the ideological underpinnings of the modern theory of totalitarianism and critques current Western Marxis and Soviet of the relationship between democracy and revolution. In concluding his study, Avakian sketches the transformative possibilities of socialist revolution while at the same time considering the problems and tensions intrinsic to making such a revolution.

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