>>328718>Well I mean its not alienation. "alienation from the decision process" is just not democracy. Don't try to insert marxist jargon into your argument where it doesn't belong to bolster it.
That's what I'm talking about, pure semantics. It is alienation from production process in both cases. In the soviet theories of socialism it was postulated that social necessity is determined by the planning organs. And if you look at the concrete planning process you would see that it was a kind of consensus arriving process between various government bodies, industrial ministries, party organs, etc. and nowhere in this process there was a robust feedback mechanism from the general public, or any kind of significant popular control, especially at the top levels.
As an example, Gosplan all through the 70s and 80s made planned consumer demand reports, and they all were ignored simply because general consumers didn't take part in this consensus arriving mechanism, so their interests were ignored as well and shoved down the priority list behind the local interests of various countless government bureaucratic bodies.
That's what I hate about MLs, they downplay or outright ignore obvious practice-proven drawbacks of their proposed political system.
Your political system is SHIT. Why do you think people in DDR were protesting? Because they wanted more gibs? No, because the political system was alienating shit, with general public feeling like they had little to no influence on political process. People grew tired of this shit in both USSR and DDR, it was a POLITICAL crisis. You can't just ignore this shit and wave it away.
>Show why you think the SU wasn't democratic
Just look at the resulting political crisis, or at the decision making process at the top state levels. And in general look at "the spirit of the time", what gripes people had, to what sentiments Gorbachev appealed. Heck, just look at the slogan of perestroika "Glasnost" - transparency, openness, publicity, no more censorship.
To ignore these tendencies is to be intentionally clueless.
>propose an alternative instead
I don't know, some system of direct democracy and representation with sortition or whatever. Something DIFFERENT and MORE EFFICIENT. Not this same old tired shit that fails time and again in liberal democracies and classical soviet states alike.
This problem of democratic control is a MAJOR problem, and it should be taken seriously if MLs don't want to fail AGAIN.