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Democracy and Class Society

Democracy and class society: Introduction

November 4, 2008, is Election Day in the United States. Tens of millions of people will cast their vote for the next president of the United States. The 2008 elections have several interesting features. It will most likely be remembered as the one where the leadership...

How the French democratic revolution was won

How the French democratic revolution was won

A tale of two classes More than any other revolution before the 1917 Russian Revolution, the French Revolution of 1789 inspired people across the globe to look beyond the societies in which they lived and see the possibility for social change. Even though it came...

The class character of the U.S. Constitution

The class character of the U.S. Constitution

In history and civics classrooms all over the United States, students are taught from an early age to revere the “Founding Fathers” for drafting a document that is the bulwark of democracy and freedom—the U.S. Constitution. We are taught that the Constitution is a...

A legacy of U.S. racism: Disenfranchising Black voters

This article first appeared in the December 2004 issue of Socialism and Liberation, on the heels of the controversial last presidential election. It has been slightly edited for clarity. About one week prior to the 2004 Presidential election, a conflict in Ohio drew...

Unions and the struggle for democratic rights

Unions and the struggle for democratic rights

Since when did unions become a special interest? Many people complain about the influence of “special interests” in politics. Reformers claim that lobbying on behalf of these special interests distorts the democratic voting process during elections and in Congress. Of...