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Michael Albert, Noam Chomsky, et. al. | Some Possible Ideas for Going Forward
To try to help, we have assembled some familiar programmatic ideas rooted in diverse movements and projects. We signers do not each individually necessarily support every single programmatic suggestion given here. Indeed, perhaps none of us supports every single suggestion much less all the specific wording. Instead, we all support having a widespread discussion of these worthy ideas and of other ideas that emerge from the process, to arrive at widely supported program for left activists.
New economic program could seek a comprehensive full employment policy arising from campaigns to rebuild infrastructure and, in particular, to attain sustainable energy policies, as well as via the shift to a shorter workweek. It could include comprehensive adult education and job training, and a comprehensive social support system for those unable to work, whatever the reason.
A new education program could note that existing schools create subservient and exploitable future workers by providing most students minimal literacy, virtually no dignity or sense of self-worth, plus maximum training in enduring boredom and obeying orders.
New program addressing race could explicitly recognize that rights and values exist regardless of race, religion or cultural allegiances, so that while society protects all people's right to affiliate freely, its core values are universal for every community.
It could respect caregiving as a valuable function including making caregiving a part of every citizen's social responsibilities, or pursue other worthy means to ensure equitable burdens and benefits.
An end to the use of military force as an instrument of national policy.