The important thing for us is not to get seats in [Parliament] by means of compromises; on the contrary, those seats are important only because and insofar as they can serve to develop the political consciousness of the masses, to raise them to a higher political level, to organise them, not for the sake of philistine happiness, not for the sake of “tranquillity”, “order” and “peaceful [bourgeois] bliss”, but for the struggle, the struggle for the complete emancipation of labour from all exploitation and all oppression.
Our attitude towards elections
We know that elections serves a particular class and the true liberation only comes by replacing parliament with new organs of working class power.
Parliamentary activity consists mainly in the sharing of revolutionary ideas, revealing the class enemies from the parliamentary platform and furthering the ideological cohesion of the masses who still respect parliament and harbour democratic illusions.
The election process itself must be conducted NOT as a drive for the maximization of parliamentary seats but as a mobilization of the masses around building consciousness of the working class revolution.
Our task is to expose parliament as being permanently captured by the imperialist-capitalist class, while promoting independent, democratic organs of workers’ power outside of it.