Statement of Principles of the Independent Socialist Club

Draper, Hal
Publisher:  Independent Socialist Club, Berkeley, USA
Year Published:  1964
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX7248

Our view of socialism is both democratic and revolutionary, both humanist and working class; and it is only as a revolutionary-democratic movement of opposition to the Establishments that socialism can present a third choice for the world, a choice for a new world of freedom, peace and security.

We stand for socialism: a new system in which the people own and control the basic sectors of the economy, through social and governmental institutions of the widest democracy.

We stand for a socialist policy which is completely independent of and opposed to both of the reactionary systems of exploitation of man by man which now divide the world: capitalism and Communism.

We stand for complete independence of and opposition to both the imperialist war camps, capitalist and Communist, which are struggling to divide the world and threatening to plunge the world toward nuclear catastrophe. We are for strengthening all tendencies toward a Third Camp of those who reject both war blocs and their military preparations. We are for a democratic anti-imperialistic foreign policy, instead of the Cold War power-politics of either Washington or Moscow-Peking.

We stand for the advocacy of independent political action in opposition to both old parties, Democratic and Republican, by the labor and civil rights movements and other progressive forces, looking to the building of a new party.

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