Workers" control and socialist democracy

the early Soviet experience in comparative perspective
  • 630 Pages
  • 2.93 MB
  • English
Communism -- Russia., Soviet Union -- History -- Revolution, 1917-
Statementby Carmen Joseph Sirianni.
Series[Ph. D. theses / State University of New York at Binghamton -- no. 389], Ph. D. theses (State University of New York at Binghamton) -- no. 389.
The Physical Object
Paginationii, 630 leaves ;
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL22050290M

Readings and Witnesses for Workers' Control Edited by Tony Topham and Ken Coates This book of Readings and Witnesses for Workers' Control seeks to show the rich history of the trade union movement to win a voice in the government of industry for the people who do the work in it.

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Workers control and socialist democracy: the Soviet experience. [Carmen Joseph Sirianni]. Workers Control and Socialist Democracy unites historical, political and theoretical judgement to make a fundamental contribution to our understanding, both of the Russian Revolution and of central unresolved issues of socialism in the twentieth century.

Less a practical guide and more of an overview of the concept of workplace democracy, Wolff leads us through a whirlwind history of capitalism, socialism, the New Deal, and finishes with several chapters outlining, in broad strokes, how one might organize the workplace around worker ownership, worker control, and workplace democracy.4/5.

Workers control and socialist democracy book Workers' Control in the Soviet Workplace When discussing this topic, it is helpful to start at the level of the individual workplace.

Professor Robert Thurston (Miami University at Ohio) states that "at the lower levels of society, in day-to-day affairs and the implementation of policy, [the Soviet system] was participatory.".

Writers across the range of socialist and communist groups are openly grappling with strategies to achieve socialism. Every viable socialist organization needs an analysis of the past in order to look toward the future. With the growth of social-democratic organizations, how should revolutionaries view the path toward socialism.

Bhaskar Sunkara. SINCE THE Industrial Revolution, workers’ control over their own workplaces has been viewed by much of the revolutionary Left as a tangible expression of workers’ power and also the practical means by which the working class can seize power from capita—with the potential of establishing a democratic, worker-run society.

Towards Socialist Democracy is written for those engaged in struggles against capitalism around the world. It examines the history of the struggle for socialism in the 20th century, and draws on the lessons of the bureaucratic usurpation of the Russian workers' revolution, and of the revolutions that put a bureaucracy in power in China, Cuba, and other by: Workers democracy has always been a basic tenet of the proletarian movement.

It was a tradition in the socialist and communist movement to firmly support this principle in the time of Marx and Engels as well as Lenin and Trotsky. To talk about 'workers control' is to misunderstand capitalism. Capitalism is not a mode of management but a mode of production, it doesn't matter who 'controls' it.

Too many 'socialists' delay the communist question - i.e. the abolition of the state, wage-labour, the commodity - till after the revolution, opting instead for a 'workers control.

Buy Workers' Control and Socialist Democracy: The Soviet Experience by Sirianni, Carmen (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible : Carmen Sirianni. Real democracy would mean the working class majority rules.

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Real democracy would mean democratic control of the factories, mines, offices and farms, with directors elected by the workers, from among the workers. The government would be an extension of this workers’ control. The workshop with its internal commissions, the socialist circles, the peasant communities, are the centres of proletarian life in which it is necessary to work directly.

The internal commissions are organs of workers’ democracy which should be freed from the limits imposed by owners, and in which new life and energy should be inspired. Like communists, democratic socialists believe workers should control the bulk of the means of production, and not be subjected to the will of the free market and the capitalist classes.

The idea that authoritarianism attracts workers harmed by the free market, which emerged when the Nazis were in power, has been making a comeback. A new book blames authoritarianism on politicians.

“To be a socialist today is to believe that more, not less, democracy will help solve social ills—and to believe that ordinary people can shape the systems that shape their lives.” Robinson and Sunkara disagree, then, over why socialism is popular now, because they disagree about how people are motivated to become socialists.

Workers control is only meaningful in terms of a socialist economy democratically determined and administered by not just work-places but local communities and larger society otherwise workers’ control means workers are deprived of all effective social control. This entails that ownership of industry cannot remain in the hands of the capitalists.

For Marx and Engels, workers control, or rather more accurately, workers management of production came as a consequence of capitalist relations being overturned and socialist relations being established in the sector of production.

But to establish socialism, much more is needed than to simply “control” or “manage” the means of production. The Decree on Workers' Control was soon proved, in practice, not to be worth the paper it was written on. November 9. Decree dissolving Soviet in the People's Commissariat of Posts and Telegraphs.

The concept of workers' control had spread even to the Civil Service. Workers' Control and Socialist Democracy: The Soviet Experience by Carmen Sirianni starting at $ Workers' Control and Socialist Democracy: The Soviet Experience has 2 available editions to buy at Half Price Books Marketplace.

A genuine workers’ democracy would have seized this opportunity and taken the steps necessary to try and form a socialist federation of these countries.

This could have allowed economic co-operation and planning between these countries and could have begun to appeal to the working class of the whole of Latin America to offer an alternative to. Certainly not the mass of workers, who are exploited, unfree, and alienated from all levers of social and political control.

more reminiscent of than of socialist democracy, elitist. Let me say, once again, I am honoured to receive this Distinguished Achievement Award for my book, Towards Socialist Democracy.

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At its launch at the Cape Town Book Fair in Patrick Bond asked why the book was so long. I replied, Patrick, you publish a book every year, but this is the product of 40 years activism, discussion and research. Workers’ Control in more depth Marx’s emphasis upon social class has been widely criticised for its conception of social class as having derived from the means of production.

Outside of the Marxist perspective the term is rarely used, and even neo-Marxists have sought to modernise and modify the traditional classification between the. Social democracy, political ideology that originally advocated a peaceful evolutionary transition of society from capitalism to socialism using established political processes.

In the second half of the 20th century, there emerged a more moderate version of the doctrine, which generally espoused state regulation, rather than state ownership, of the means of production and extensive social.

The Socialist Manifesto would have been a more consistent and more useful book for candidate Bernie Sanders and the rest of us who want real health care reform if, instead of reaffirming the divisive anti-communist shibboleths of right social democracy, Sunkara had put the accent on unity and advised social democrat Bernie Sanders to build up.

Marxism and democracy. Ma the bourgeois state under capitalism with the socialist vision of a workers' state. and paralyses," Foot wrote in a book on how the vote was won in. The Socialist Feminists of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) protesting Trump's health care plan on Jul.

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The idea of “workers’ control” or “industrial democracy” is now being discussed in American political circles. Even some of the more far-sighted employers now support the idea of “workers’ participation” or “worker directors”.

Bernie Sanders, the progressive presidential hopeful, is .Communes and Workers’ Control in Venezuela. interview with Dario Azzellini. by Ricardo Vaz / April 22nd, but always on the supposed shortcomings from the perspective of “liberal democracy.” But in the book you argue that this is not the proper, or the more relevant, “yardstick”.

The whole workers’ control struggle in.Sincethe Socialist Party USA has focused its attention more on grassroots and local politics, and has dealt with the controversial issue of presidential politics on a case-by-case basis.

- 3 - What The Socialist Party BelievesWhat The Socialist Party Believes The SP believes in political democracy and defines itself as aFile Size: KB.