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Democracy Reading List



This is a selection of works on Democracy.

The Authority of the People
(Read freely online)

In the first volume of Gaddafi's Green Book trilogy, he outlined an understanding of Democracy that focused on power relations in society, while critiquing Western assumptions about Democracy that revolve around representational politics.

In a society, multiple classes may coexist. Mao spoke about the fact that different classes and groups within a society may have different interests, and the interests may conflict. He says that conflicts that exist among the people are very different from the conflict that exists between 2 enemies, and must therefore be treated differently.

On Democracy
(Read freely online)

This paper looks at different perspectives of Democracy, as well as the relationship between Democracy and other political concepts.

Democracy for the Few
(Source through Goodreads)

Michael Parenti presents a detailed critical analysis of American politics, including the actual state, as well as private institutions and media. He analyses which actors and entities truly hold power within the USA.

Doctrine of a Hundred Flowers
(Read freely online)

Isaac Deutscher - who referred to himself as a "Marxist Humanist" - looked at the democratic and pluralistic aspects of Mao's leadership.

On Growth and Imperialism
(Read freely online)

Economics cannot be separated from politics. In this speech on the international system, Comandante Guevara proclaims that "democracy cannot consist merely in the exercise of an electoral vote" and that "democracy is incompatible with financial oligarchy," both official stances of the People's National General Assembly of Cuba at the time.

Nowadays, many persons mistakenly refer to Liberal Democracy as "Democracy" - while being unable to differentiate Liberalism from Democracy. Many tenets of Liberalism have been mistakenly thought of as tenets of Democracy.

Mass Line
(Read freely online)

The general theme of the Mass Line is that the party should not be disconnected from the masses. The Socialist movement must be democratic, and must therefore represent the interests of the masses, particularly the class interests of the farmers and workers.

One way of understanding Democracy is to look at its etymological roots, how it was originally conceptualised, and how it developed from there.

The people's power can be manifested in a strong state that acts in their interests, and this state can be a dictatorship that properly asserts their power over the land, while taking the necessary harsh actions against the elites.

Serving the People
(Read freely online)

The party's role is to serve the people, and to be responsible to the people.