Is democratic legitimacy a ‘moral’ issue
Owen Jones, in an otherwise excellent article for the Morning Star, says;
The government has no democratic legitimacy for what it is trying to do and it must be forced to retreat.
That’s the moral case for resistance, if you like.
Quite right in the first instance, this government has no democratic legitimacy whatsoever, however, I would contend that, far from being the ‘moral’ justification’ for these strikes, this is in fact, the primary political one. It is the lack of democratic legitimacy this government has that gives the democratic validation to bringing it to its knees as soon as is possible.
In his writing the comrade demonstrates the same dis-jointed thinking about democracy and politics that blights the left. Democracy should be the life-blood of our politics; it is absolutely the core of our case against capitalism. Capitalism concentrates the majority of wealth and all of the means of its production in the hands of a tiny minority – this is an affront to democracy and exposes the capitalist lie – that it is the only truly democratic force – for the grand deceit it is.
Socialism is democratic or its nothing. Without democracy it is the self-negation of its own essence, if you will. Conservatives and our numerous opponents understand the importance and potency of democracy – why else do they strive to undermine the unions by pointing to low turnouts in strike ballots? Its about time we realised the same and took it back, by force of polemic and practice, for our own. If we do so we have to not abstract it as a moral issue but see it as not just a political issue but THE defining core of our political practice.