What is wrong with democratic socialism?
It’s most obvious problems are the rejection of working class leadership, and the replacement of revolutionary struggle with electoral politics in the bourgeois arena. Capitalism can’t be defeated by voting it away.
In addition, democratic socialism is a metaphysical scam because there is no historical evidence of its manifestation in objective reality. It is the practice of borrowing concepts, in this case historical materialism, and reducing it to populism in order to kick the proletariat out as a leading force.
In scientific socialism the historical concept of democracy is already integrated, since it is internal to any mode of production. For example, democracy (for the bourgeoisie) is a characteristic of the capitalist mode of production in the process of its reproduction.
In any mode of production we find two elements: the base and superstructure. The base is the economy: production and circulation in their various forms. The super-structure is the political and ideological fields, in their forms, guaranteeing the constant reproduction of the economy.
Democracy is a model that indicates, in the context of class struggle, the bloc of classes that dominates and manages any particular mode of production. Under slavery it was the democracy of the slave owners. Under feudalism it was the democracy of the feudal landlords. Under capitalism it is the democracy of the capitalist class. And in scientific socialism, it is the democracy of the proletariat in alliance with other dominated classes, under the leadership [hegemony and autonomy] of the working class.
Democracy is power. Dictatorship is power, political power. Each is the expression of a dynamic type and form of power for power’s reproduction. This conception synthetizes and asserts the ultimate goal of class struggle: CLASS POWER. In the case of the working class, that power is actually for the destruction of power, since the objective of the proletariat is to dismantle all forms of capital for the interest of the collective.
The ultimate objective of class struggle is for one class to realize political power. Power will never be egalitarian or equal as long as societal antagonism exists. This is a dynamic the radical petit bourgeois seems never to understand and appropriate. Power is never about individuals; it is always class based. This is the case even if that power is concentrated in the hands of individuals—still it will always be class based and determined by class interests.
Democracy and democratic practices are two different phenomena. Democratic and scientific practices are both forms of their respective models. In fact both are contradictory effects, forms or tendencies that are being produced in the contradiction internal to that model. Bourgeois democracy, as a model, produces in each mode of production its specific democratic practices. Proletarian democracy will also produce its own notion of democratic practices based on the relation of power, determined by class struggle.
For example, in China, one of the most advanced experiences of scientific socialism, proletarian dictatorship was implemented in a contradictory duality that produced a proletarian concept: New Democracy. This was socialism within capitalist units of industrial production, and democratic in relation to the peasantry for the socialization of agricultural production. This was a demarcation from the revisionist political line of stages (the erroneous theory that a bourgeois revolution must precede a proletarian one). New Democracy is political line in the interest of the proletariat for the realization of scientific socialism.
Democratic socialism is a total absurdity, a concept produced by a class that really has no direct capacity to offer a societal alternative except metaphysical system-creation schemes. The only alternative is scientific socialism.