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January 17, 2013


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Tausend Augen

This is great! One thought/question: How would your solution of cycling back leaders into the masses/changing jobs function in a revolutionary party? From what I understand, the leadership role, i.e. being elected, is not an arbitrary position in such a formation as it would be in e.g. monarchies or the U.S. congress today, but rather dependent upon the individual's abilities to respond accurately and decisively to ever-changing situations. The measure of 'accuracy' here being verifiable through the growing unity and power of the movement and thus the party. With the starting point of new layers of membership in many cases perhaps similar to Le Bon's 'crowd', one could not just cycle around jobs or use a lottery, because that would in effect reduce the party to the lowest common denominator at any given time (even if we assume individuals' abilities are not static) and thus undermine the growth of the party.

Jodi Dean

Or, maybe it would strengthen the party by training more leaders? And maybe lottery would work for some things but not others? What you are saying about growth and accuracy etc is really important and you are right that not everyone can do the same jobs. At the same time, it's important that a lot of people have skills so that no one person becomes indispensable.

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