INSIDE LABOUR | A wake-up call for democracy

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Terry Bell (supplied)
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Today, no nation state is truly democratic. All operate based on allowing the working-class majority to hand over their power to a largely unaccountable political elite, says Terry Bell. 

There are two crucial lessons to be learned from the political and electoral shambles in the United States: the first about what democracy really means and, the second, why nationalism in all its forms is a serious threat to all. 

Democracy is clearly defined in the opening line of an old liberation movement song: "The people, the people, the people shall rule…" It sums up the essence of the concept: that the majority of people in this modern, industrial world should have the power, collectively, to decide their fate.

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