I. Direct Democracy and Federation: We believe that hierarchical modes of social organization lead directly to the dominance of the many by the few. We instead choose to embrace a model of self organization that places decision making power in the hands of those who would be most affected by those decisions. We desire to build local assemblies at the neighborhood, city and regional levels that can make democratic decisions for themselves.
Out of these many small autonomous assemblies, we can coordinate on regional and even national levels through federation. An assembly of assemblies if you will, that can come together to decide solutions to problems on varying scales. These assemblies would act to displace and replace the current state apparatus.
II. Self Management: We believe that those who work must control and collectively own the means by which they create wealth – not for the profit of the few, but in the interest of all people.
Capitalism concentrates power and wealth in the hands of the very few, despite the fact that these few do little other to produce this wealth than to own the means by which it is created. While the few profit off of our labor, we are left in increasingly perilous conditions, surviving off of the meager allowance which we are afforded by selling our time, muscle, skills or brain power. Not only this, but often we are forced to work in service of projects that have no social utility other than to generate profit. Combine this with capitalism’s lack of a social or ecological conscience and it becomes obvious why it must be opposed.
We believe that a truly democratic, self managed society will minimize production time and maximize the social utility of what is produced. In other words, we are capable of dramatically reducing the amount of time we must work, while still producing enough for all people to achieve a comfortable standard of living.
These self managed industries would be governed through assemblies made up of workers themselves. Production can be coordinated to meet specific geographic needs or to solve problems by federations of production assemblies on local, regional or national levels.
III. Racial Equality: We firmly believe that all people are born, live and die as equals.
However, as anti-racists, we also acknowledge the fact that the history of the United States is one rooted in white supremacy which has developed and weaved itself simultaneously into the history and development of capitalism.
Because of this, we refuse to reduce our understanding of the historic interplay between racism and capitalism to one of simplicity; by ignoring the unique experiences of people of color under racialized capitalism. Similarly, we refuse to ignore the commonalities of oppression under capitalism that are faced by all people, irrespective of race.
We are anti-racists. We oppose white supremacy both in individual social contexts as well as in the context of racist oppression perpetrated by the state and capitalism.
IV. Gender and Sexual Equality: We embrace and recognize the multitude of gender expressions as well as sexual orientations that all people are capable of. We also acknowledge and oppose the oppression perpetrated by patriarchy – a system of male supremacy defined by heteronormativity and gender repression.
We believe that all people are harmed under patriarchy and that only full gender and sexual equality can release us to freely embody our desires and true selves.
V. Equality of Ability: We believe that all people fundamentally deserve to be understood, recognized, defined and valued on their own terms – regardless of differences in physical or mental ability. Under capitalism, those who are deemed “unfit” or “incapable” of performing work to produce a profit are often discarded, maligned or relegated to a life of humiliation.
We seek to build a society that allows for meaningful social or material contribution by all people, in any way that they see fit.
VI. Ecology: We believe that in order to minimize the catastrophe of human caused climate change, we must take immediate and decisive action to integrate ourselves into a sustainable relationship with the natural world.
We believe that the well being of the environment is intrinsically linked to the well being of all people. The natural world must be recognized as being reflexively and solitarily important, meaning that it must not be viewed simply as a vast pool from which we can extract resources. The capitalist mode of production follows this line of thinking and we can plainly see the degradation and destruction that it has wrought, now on a global scale, through the logic of domination that it applies to the environment.
We understand that society is dependent on satisfying its needs by way of the natural world. We believe that reorienting our relationship to the non-human world, placing natural resources under communal ownership, a participatory economic model and continued technological advancement will propel us toward a sound relationship between people and the world in which we live.