Social:Democratic Collective Centralism

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Democratic Collective Centralism, also known as DCC, is an offspring ideology of Democratic centralism.

Democratic centralism, first proposed by Lenin, held that a policy decided upon by a majority vote must be upheld by all participants.[1] Democratic Collective Centralism supports this belief whilst combining it with Collectivism.

Major Beliefs

The key belief within Democratic Collective Centralism is Collectivism, the idea of prioritizing the group rather than yourself or your family. These prioritizations could be goals, outcomes, rights and so on.

This belief has been criticized for being inhuman or unnatural as people will naturally build preferences towards individuals and parties. Socialists have argued the only way for this to work is to have common ownership.[2]

The main or commonly spoken role which Collectivism plays within Democratic Collective Centralism is to shrink the wealth inequality within the public by having the significant majority of the population within the middle-class. This is done by the government enforcing strict tax laws within the state which effects low incomes very minorly however, large incomers significantly. The logic or reasoning behind the act is the belief that the money will have a better use if it's being used on the country's needs rather than materialistic needs. This relates to Collectivism as the money is being used for the public or the whole rather than individual unnecessary materialistic needs.

This is viewed as a major factor within the ideology because of some country's One percent progressively owning very large sums of money whilst the middle class are progressively becoming less wealthy.

Minor Beliefs

Democratic Collective Centralism also holds the belief that when electing an individual you must vote for who you believe is the best for the state rather than who's best for you. This belief is practically impossible to enforce however, is seen as a moral.

Lastly, collectivism wants it's people to prioritize the country's problems. What's meant by 'country's problems' could be the environment, science, unemployment and so on... The 'country's problems' can change dependent on the current situation. However, the key aspect to this belief is how citizens should view these problems. The people or citizens should believe in these beliefs as they're important for the country's health or survival which again links to Collectivism because of the aspect in prioritizing the country's problems.

Effects upon Capitalism

Democratic Collective Centralism supports free market of all private organizations with one simple guideline. As long as the private organization is not intentionally damaging the country's or state's health for profit reasons, they're freely allowed to carry out all forms of legal business upon the public. However, if the private organization is found to be unintentionally damaging the country's or state's health when there is an option not to damage the country's or state's health; the government will step in and force that switch. All of this falls under collectivism because when the government acts, there reasoning will be for benefiting the country or state.

References

  1. Lenin, V. (1906). "Report on the Unity Congress of the R.S.D.L.P.". http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1906/rucong/viii.htm. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  2. Market Socialism: The Debate Among Socialists, by Schweickart, David; Lawler, James; Ticktin, Hillel; Ollman, Bertell. 1998. From "Definitions of market and socialism" (pp. 58–59): "The control over the surplus product rests with the majority of the population through a resolutely democratic process...The sale of labour power is abolished and labour necessarily becomes creative. Everyone participates in running their institutions and society as a whole. No one controls anyone else."