On the Democratic Question

An early Soviet propaganda poster telling peasants not to vote for religious authorities, landlords or capitalists.
Democratic privileges are always eagerly exploited by the oppressor classes: ‘Peasant; don’t elect these people. They were your enemies and remain your enemies.’ USSR, c. 1920s

(with footnotes).

A note on revisions

On the Democratic Question was originally published, under the title On Democracy, on 13/09/2019, and was subsequently subject to a substantial re-write, published 24/11/2019. A third edit, primarily on stylistic matters like formatting, particularly for citations and the bibliography, as well as some minor alterations throughout…