Passage from Bakunin

Difference between representatives and delegates

Delegates bring back proposals to be considered and then cast votes based on whatever group has delegated them. Representatives vote without consulting their constituencies.

What is to be thought of a Congress which, doubtless to render its folly still more patent, relegates to America this dictatorial governing body, after having composed it of men probably very honest, but obscure, sufficiently ignorant, and absolutely unknown to it. Our enemies the bourgeois would then be right when they laugh at our Congresses and when they claim that the International only fights old tyrannies in order to establish new ones, and that in order worthily to replace existing absurdities, it wishes to create another!

via Marxism Freedom and the State.

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