I think the term “bourgeois democracy” is more trouble than it’s worth. It should be quietly retired. In the interpretation of too many on the ideological left, the term is understood and employed in such a way that it minimizes the importance of democratic structures and governance in a capitalist society. They’re more hollow than substantive. And who needs that at this moment when the future of democracy in our country, not to mention many other countries, hangs in balance.