Statement on DSA Internationalism.
DSA voted to leave the Socialist International in 2017.
In 1989, the Socialist international (S.I.) updated the Frankfurt declaration, which was originally set forth in 1951 under the title, The Aims and Tasks of Democratic Socialism.The revised document in 1989, principally written by American MIchael Harrington, is known as The Stockholm Declaration. It has been said that The Stockholm Document is truly a DSA Internationalist document.
With its soaring grammar, it is a manifesto of hope and a call for global democracy, equality, human rights, liberation for the oppressed, ecological justice, and new forms of decentralized democratic ownership of the means of production.
Michael Harrington was a well-read and informed democratic Marxist, however, the document is light on class struggle. It’s revisionist perspective could have been written by Edward Bernstein. Harrington saw a collectivist future, but also questioned whether this collectivist future would be authoritarian or democratic; a collectivism dominated by financial and corporate elites, and functioning for their primary benefit, or a democratic collectivism, created by and for the benefit of all humanity.
12/29/2020 03:48:18 pm
I thought in 1989 that this Stockholm Declaration indeed represented a significant achievement of the Socialist International. In most respects it remains a remarkable statement of socialist internationalism even after 3 decades. [Recalling how difficult the struggle was at the 2015 DSA Convention to include even basic climate justice language in DSA's official programmatic statement, I note with pleasure this early inclusion of strong environmental principles in international socialist discourse].
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