Are Marxism and Democracy Antithetical? Two Opinions


  • M. L. Sehgal



Parliamentary model, Bourgeoisie Democracy of France, Commune Model of Democracy, The Roman Republic, The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx’s Theory of Revolution, Parliamentary cretinism, Political democracy and Economic democracy


No doubt, Marx believed that a representative government always overweighed an absolutist regime but he has his own views on democracy. He would neither appreciate the ‘direct’ nor the ‘parliamentary’ democratic forms because he was against the ‘universal franchise’; antithetical to today’s definition of the democracy. He started with Bourgeoisie Democracy’ of France but found it lacking because it was democratic according to CAPITALIST terms and was ‘democracy of the minority’. He was fascinated by ‘Commune Model of Democracy’ which was not a democracy in the true sense as it could neither be applied to the whole of length and breadth of the country nor the Commune was a parliamentary body, rather executive and legislative at the same time. In fact, Marx was too obsessed with ‘Capitalism’ viz.-a-viz the poor plight of the ‘Labour Class’ and always believed that any form of the government that did not emancipate the poor both politically and economically did not worth it.




How to Cite

Sehgal, M. L. (2020). Are Marxism and Democracy Antithetical? Two Opinions . Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 7(9), 606–618.