July 12, 2010

"Party Matters Series", No 1: A one paragraph Reflection on the meaning of democratic centralism, Andy Taylor, Mon July 12, 2010

After a good, long conversation with a Canadian Communist on democratic centralism i
formed my response to our dialogue in the form of a tentative resolution...

Because all cadre rightly give assent and then witness to the decision of the majority vote of the party does NOT mean that we are not also engaged as advocates for Leninism within the party. Democratic centralism does not mean passivity, but the full, conscious and active participation of all the members in the sharp exchange of ideas indispensable to the struggle for clarity and truth. Communists are "small d" democratic fighters or they are nothing.

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