The role of debate in democratic centralism

David Hollings argues against the idea that democratic centralism can be “reduced to a three stage formula of debate, vote and unity of action”. He writes:

This is in fact a weaker form of democratic centralism which raises the vote from a mechanism for deciding which course of action to pursue to a mechanism to decide which course of action is best… As the vote can only decide a course of action and not the correct answer, there must be attempts by those on both sides of the question to be continually engaging with the arguments and re-evaluating their position on the matter.

Read “The role of debate in a democratic centralist organisation” here.


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