Proposal for a Participatory Socialist International

Propuesta para una Quinta Internacional Socialista Participativa

Published on Zcommunications.org, by acollectif of endorsers, not dated.

We, the undersigned, endorse the idea of a new International and urge that its creation include assessing, refining, augmenting, and then implementing as many of the following points as the International’s participants themselves, after due deliberation, decide mutually agreeable:

1. A new International should be primarily concerned (at least) with: 

  • economic production, consumption, and allocation, including class relations
  • kinship nurturance, socialization, house keeping, and procreation, including gender, sexuality, and age
  • cultural community relations including race, nationality, and religion
  • politics including relations of law and legislation
  • international relations including matters of mutual aid, exchange, and immigration
  • ecology including relations with the natural environment and other species

And that the new International should address these concerns without elevating any one focus above the rest, since (a) all will critically affect the character of a new world, (b) unaddressed each could subvert efforts to reach a new world, and (c) the constituencies most affected by each would be intensely alienated if their prime concerns were relegated to secondary importance.

2. Our vision for a Participatory Socialist future should (at least) include that:

  • •economic production, consumption, and allocation be classless – which includes equitable access for all to quality education, health care, food, water, sanitation, housing, meaningful and dignified work, and the instruments and conditions for personal fulfillment
  • •gender/kinship, sexual, and family relations not privilege by age, sexual preference, or gender any one group above others – which includes ending all forms of oppression of women while providing day care, recreation, health care, etc.
  • •culture and community relations among races, ethnic groups, religions, and other cultural communities protect the rights and identity of each community up to equally respecting those of all other communities – which includes an end to racist, ethnocentric, and otherwise bigoted structures while simultaneously securing the prosperity and rights of indigenous people
  • •political decision making, adjudication of disputes, and implementation of shared programs deliver “people’s power” in ways that do not elevate any one sector or constituency above others – which includes participation and justice for all
  • •international trade, communication, and other interactions attain peace and justice while dismantling all vestiges of colonialism and imperialism – which includes canceling the debt of nations of the global south and reconstructing international norms and relations to move toward an equitable and just community of equally endowed nations
  • •ecological choices not only be sustainable, but care for the environment in accord with our highest aspirations for ourselves and our world – which includes climate justice and energy innovation

3. The guiding values and principles … //

… 6. Programmatically, of course what a new International chooses to do will be contextual and a product of its members desires, but, for example:

  • a new International might call for international events and days of dissent, for support campaigns for existing struggles by member organizations, and for support of member organizations against repression, as well as undertake widespread debates and campaigns to advance related understanding and mutual knowledge…
  • more ambitiously, an International might also undertake, for example, a massive international focus on immigration, on ending a war, on shortening the work week worldwide, and/or on averting climatic catastrophe, among other possibilities. It might prepare materials, undertake education, pursue actions, carry out boycotts, support local endeavors, etc.
  • general program would be up to member organizations to decide how to relate to, yet there would be considerable collective momentum for each member organization to participate and contribute as best it could in collective campaigns and projects since clearly one reason to have an International is to help organizations, movements, and projects worldwide escape single-issue loneliness by becoming part of a larger process encompassing diverse focuses and united by agreements to implement various shared endeavors.

(full long text /art. 1 to 6).

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