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(en) US, SDS* National Constitutional Convention Final Bulletin - Statement on Totalist Politics

Date Sun, 04 Nov 2007 06:56:14 +0200

As Students for a Democratic Society, we hold a commitment to: --- (1) Totalist Politics, meaning, that we commit to understanding and paying serious attention to race, class, gender, sex, sexuality, age, ability, and authority without elevating any but instead recognizing the intrinsic importance of each, and their entwinement, and understanding that we must confront the totality of human oppression; --- (2) Embodying in the present the values and institutional features we want to see in the future society -- that is, having our organization, structure and practice directly reflect and exemplify to the highest degree possible the change we wish to see in the world; --- (3) Rejecting either advocating or employing any structures or policies that embody authoritarian, racist, sexist, heterosexist, or classist elements such as hierarchical divisions of labor or authoritarian decision making procedures that structurally elevate some classes or constituencies above others in influence and conditions;
(4) Embodying in our organization
and working towards in society, the
value of participatory self-manage-
ment whereby everyone has a say in
the decisions which affect them and
the resources on which they are
dependent in proportion to the
degree to which they are affected;
And, (5) Taking strategy seriously. We
are united on the principle that our
work should serve to accomplish our
goals, strengthen our organization
and movements, expand popular
democratic control over all aspects
of the society at large, and lead us
on a path to social transformation,
all while prefiguring the world we
wish to live in.

This document seeks to put issue a concise
statement regarding our commitment to
combating oppressions in a manner which
struggles against each but though doesn't
elevate any in terms of "importance". In
other words, the point of this document is
to state our commitment to combating
capitalism, patriarchy, white supremacy, and
the authoritarian state- and the oppressions
that each of them cause, in a manner in
which treats each of them with equal seri-
ousness and commitment.

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