Integration of ex-capitalists during a revolutionary period

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Lucky Black Cat
Joined: 11-02-18
Nov 26 2021 01:45
Integration of ex-capitalists during a revolutionary period

Communists generally agree that during a revolution, the working-class must create organizations to self-manage and self-govern the revolutionary movement. This may take the form of workers councils or something similar.

During this period, what relationship should these organizations have with *former* members of the capitalist class who are willing to accept the revolution without resistance?

For those of them who are willing to drop hostilities, what level of participation should they be allowed in workers organizations? (i.e. Should they be given full participation rights as any other worker? Should they be able to stand for election as a delegate to a workers council?)

I know people here aren't up for writing recipes for the cooks of the future, so I'm not asking what "should" be done in the prescriptive sense. Just wondering what your personal opinion is.

The same question could also be asked of those who, though they were not capitalists, are former managers / former bosses.

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darren p
Joined: 5-07-06
Nov 26 2021 13:54

"Capitalist" is an economic category to do with a person's relation to the means of production, nothing more and nothing less. Some major figures in the history of socialism and communism have been capitalists, Engels and William Morris for starters. I think it's too simplistic to think that initially all people that earn (or have earned) their living through returns on invested capital are going to be hostile and all workers are going to be receptive to socialism.

Workplace and assembly / council elections would / could act as a filtering mechanism without there being a need to pass any kind of moral purity test beforehand.