At the same time, however, there is risk that some members and/or organizational governing bodies will rely on these codes of conduct to avoid open discussion and debate of political differences. This route around political differences does DSA a disfavor. Use of codes of conduct in lieu of political discussion may intimidate a member or members from continuing to articulate a political position that might find additional support within DSA and will, if applied widely, effectively narrow the range of “acceptable” political positions. We will become a smaller rather than a larger tent organization and we will be less democratic.
North Star Steering Committee
5/9/2021 10:38:36 pm
I agree with the argument here that it's not good to use procedure to avoid discussing political differences. Doing so corrodes trust and, more importantly, doesn't help an organization clarify it's politics.
5/24/2021 04:12:07 pm
To make this excellent statement more concrete, there is currently a demand from the DSA BDS & Palestine working group that the NPC remove a co-editor of Socialist Forum for expressing a personal view of BDS in Newsweek that makes members of that committee "uncomfortable.". If he were to be replaced by someone whose views are more congenial, they would feel more comfortable.
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