The Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) party has been moving to the collectivist (Marxist, communist, socialist, progressive, Democrat – all virtually the same) for a long time. Many would say it started with Woodrow Wilson, took a gigantic step under the Franklin Roosevelt era, with another gigantic stop under the Obama regime. Some of us would say it had begun prior to Wilson, but that debate is for another time. The fact is that the Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) party of today is a full-fledged collectivist party singing the same song of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Mao, Castro, and Chavez. It is being pulled by different forces. Here is another movement with a different name but same polices as the current Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) party as outlined by its new darling AOC and the growing list of presidential candidates.
Bread and Roses was formed in 2018 and has declared its beliefs. The first statement is by its founder Jerome Segal and and the second is the platform of Bread and Roses form its website. As you can read, these could come from the declaration speech of any of the current Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) candidates and sounds much like the New Green Deal supported by the Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) Party.
A 50-State Party
Bread and Roses, more fully, Bread and Roses/Peace and Justice, is a new national party, with its first State party in Maryland. In August 2018, Bread and Roses delivered 15,000 signatures to the Maryland Board of Elections to qualify as a non-major party in Maryland. When qualified, we will have the right to place our candidates on the ballot in Maryland for all local, state and national elections in Novembers 2020 and 2022.
Bread and Roses is "socialistic" in its ideals, open to New Socialists and Non-Socialist alike. We use these terms "socialistic" and "New Socialists" to communicate both that the goals of socialism are central to our outlook, but also that we have new ideas with respect to public policy, that we are not wedded to big Government, and that we seek to develop a new political culture that is experimental and modest rather than dogmatic with respect to predictions of actual consequences of any effort to build a better world. We are not clairvoyant. We believe in keeping ones eye on ultimate goals and values, and being a society that learns, even from failure.
As to socialistic ideals, we embrace the social contract implied in "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs." Everyone should make a contribution, and be given an opportunity to do so. That contribution should be from ones deepest abilities, from potentials that one is able to develop to their fullest. And in exchange, everyone has right to fulfillment of core economic needs, regardless of income level.
Secondly, we believe that "The Job System," our basic economic framework, one that divides us into two groups: "the job creators" and the "the job seekers," is not an eternal fact of nature. It is a recent system, primarily the result of industrialization, and it has largely served its purpose. We are ready to move beyond the job system, and to transform what remains of it.
Our roots are broader than the Socialist tradition. We strongly identify with the "plain living, high thinking" traditions of America, whether the Quakers, John Adams, Thoreau, or the experimental utopian communes of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. We seek a socio-economic framework that is user-friendly to those pursuing The Alternative American Dream, one of modest consumption, economic security, and abundant leisure, sufficient to do the things in life that matter most.
Further, "Roses" is central to our outlook. Roses means different things to different people. Clearly, it means beauty, both in the urban and natural environment, a society With Beauty For All. More fundamentally, in saying "And Roses too" the women strikers in Lawrence were saying, "We are not just laborers, with basic needs for bread. We are also complex human beings, with complex needs for lives of meaning and richness." We agree. We believe that Renaissance is in America's future.
Finally, we are international in our orientation. We believe in an engaged America, but one that is true to its best self; one that seeks a world of peace in which human rights are respected, in which cultures are tolerant and in which oppression is checked by evolving international institutions, ones that will ensure: Never again, not to anyone, not to any people.
- Jerome Segal, founder
A democratic socialist world
Democratic socialists believe it’s impossible to have democracy or social justice under capitalism, an economic system that concentrates wealth and power in the hands of a few. We fight for a society without class, where decisions about what to produce, and how to produce and distribute it, are made democratically. We fight for a society where every person regardless of gender, race, or cultural background has the opportunity to develop to their full human potential.
The world we live in violates any reasonable standard of justice and decency. But moral outrage is not enough to change the world. Democratic socialists also have a strategy to break the power of capitalists and the bosses who do their bidding: we see a united, militant working class as the leading force for radical social change.
The vast majority of people in our society—those who are separated from the means of production and have to sell their labor to survive—are part of the working class. Their exploitation by capitalist bosses means that they have the greatest interest in fighting for a socialist society. And at the same time, workers’ position within the machinery of capitalism gives them the power to disrupt business as usual, win concessions, and transform our society. This is why everything we do as an organization must be aimed at reviving the once-strong link between socialist politics and the working class. A unified, global working-class movement can transform our society and undermine racial and gender oppression, combat police brutality and mass incarceration, challenge the United States’ role as an imperialist policeman, ensure rights and justice for migrants, and build an ecologically sustainable economy.
MARX, ENGELS, LENIN, MAO, CASTRO, CHAVEZ, HOPKINS HESS, OBAMA, JARRETT, HOLDER AND ALL OTHER COMRADES WOULD STRONGLY AGREE AND HAVE STATED THE SAME IN DIFFERENT STATEMENTS AND POLICIES THEY HAVE SUPPORTED.
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