“Equal Rights” Under Capitalism

“Formally, democracy proclaims freedom of speech, of the press, of association, as well as universal equality before the law. In reality, all these freedoms are of a very relative nature: they are tolerated as long as they do not contradict the interests of the ruling class, i.e. the bourgeoisie.
Democracy preserves intact the principle of capitalist private property. In so doing, it reserves the right of the bourgeoisie to control the entire economy of the country, as well as the press, education, science and art, which in practice makes the bourgeoisie the absolute master of the country. As it enjoys a monopoly in the realm of the country’s economic affairs, the bourgeoisie is free to establish its complete and unlimited authority in the political realm too.
Indeed, parliament and representative government are, in democracies, merely executive organs of the bourgeoisie. As a result, democracy is merely one variety of bourgeois dictatorship, its fictitious political freedoms and democratic guarantees are a smokescreen designed to conceal its true identity.”

-Organizational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists General Part by Dielo Truda (Worker’s Cause)

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