Jack Conrad, In the Enemy Camp (1993)
Why do communists stand in elections? As Jack conrad’s book comprehensively shows, Marxists have always viewed parliamentary democracy as a sham. So why does the Communist Party of Great Britain – in the traditions of Lenin’s Communist International – think that standing in elections is ‘obligatory’? Does it stand for votes, for publicity or propaganda impact?
In the Enemy Camp answers these questions. It examines the theory and practice of communist electoral and parliamentary work – from Russia’s Bolsheviks and Mensheviks to the Communist Party’s campaign in the April 1992 general election in Britain. This book outlines the challenge communism presents to ‘bourgeois democracy’.
“Jack Conrad makes a powerful case for a new, communist approach to parliamentary elections and parliament.” Daily Worker