Proposal for a Participatory Socialist International

Published on Zcommunications.org,  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 … //

… 4. That a new International be the greatest sum of all its parts, including rejecting confining itself to a single line to capture all views in one narrow pattern. To achieve this the new International should:

  • include and celebrate “currents” to serve as vehicles for contending views, help ward off sectarianism, and aid constant growth
  • establish that currents should respect the intentions of other currents, assume that differences over policy are about substance and not motive, and pursue substantive debate as a serious part of the whole project
  • afford each current means to openly engage with all other currents to try to advance new insights bearing on policy and program.
  • guarantee that as long as any particular current accepts the basic tenets of the International and operates in accord with its norms and methods, its minority positions would be given space not only to argue, but, if they don’t prevail, to continue developing their views to establish their merit or discover their inadequacies … //

… 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.

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