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Social Party USA 2008-2009 Platform

Social Party USA 2008-2009 Platform

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Published by Ephraim Davis
I had heard so much about the "Socialist Agenda" that I got tired of not hearing any concrete explanation of what it was (aside from vague scare tactics) - I finally went to the USA Socialist Party Website to read what their actual agenda was.

I may not agree with all of it, but there are some great ideas here.
I had heard so much about the "Socialist Agenda" that I got tired of not hearing any concrete explanation of what it was (aside from vague scare tactics) - I finally went to the USA Socialist Party Website to read what their actual agenda was.

I may not agree with all of it, but there are some great ideas here.

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Published by: Ephraim Davis on Jan 04, 2011
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2008-2009 Platform: International Policy
-The United States is the sole remaining global superpower. The U.S. government uses its overwhelming military power to consolidate its strategic hold over theentire world and to defend and advance the interests of U.S. owned corporationsas they exploit the working people and natural resources of the entire planet. We
 stand in total opposition to U.S. imperialism and the current “war on terror”
which is just another subterfuge for U.S. imperialism.
 1. We call for the closing of all U.S. military facilities at home and abroad thattrain foreign military and paramilitary personnel.2. We call for the United States to immediately and unconditionally withdraw itsforces from Iraq and Afghanistan.3. We call for an end to the U.S. occupation of the province of Guantanamo, Cuba.4. We call for an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank-East Jerusalemand Gaza, and an end to all U.S. aid to Israel, as a precondition for peace.5. We support an immediate cutoff of all U.S. military aid to Colombia, and allother recipients.6. We call for the abolition of the Central Intelligence Agency, the NationalSecurity Agency, and all other institutions of covert warfare.7. We stand for unconditional disarmament by the United States.8. We call for an international treaty outlawing all weapons of mass destruction,including the use of depleted uranium in conventional weapons.9. We call for an immediate 50% cut in the military budget, followed by additionalcuts, with the aim of rapidly reducing the military budget to less than 10% of itscurrent level, with the "peace dividend" directed to essential social services and tothe cost of cleaning up contaminated military sites.
10. We call for the disbanding of NATO and all other aggressive military alliances,and the closing of all overseas bases.11. We call for an end to U.S. arms sales throughout the world.12. We call for the U.S. to pay off its debts to the United Nations, an end to vetopower in the UN, and an end to permanent membership on the UN SecurityCouncil.13. We call for a constitutional amendment requiring a binding vote of the peopleon all issues of war or military intervention.14. We support the right of soldiers to form unions to represent their views andinterests.
2008-2009 Platform: Labor
-The Socialist Party stands for the right of all workers to organize, for worker control of industry through the democratic organization of the workplace, for thesocial ownership of the means of production and distribution, and for internationalsolidarity among working people based on common opposition to globalcapitalism and imperialism. We believe that the international organization of labor is the only way of combating the exploitation of workers in a global capitalist economy. Working people have no country, but rather an international bond based on class. Workers throughout the world have far more in common with each other across national boundaries than with their bosses in their own countries.Ultimately a socialist revolution must be an international revolution that cannot survive if confined to individual countries amidst capitalist imperialism.
 1. We support the right of any number of interested workers in a workplace toform a union with no limits on the subjects upon which employees and unions maybargain with employers.2. We support the right of public sector workers to strike.3. We call for recognizing a union based on cards signed.
4. We call for the democratic control of all unions by their membership, andindependent of employer domination and influence.5. We support the right of all workers to engage in collective action and self-representation regardless of union status.6. We support militant, united labor action including hot cargo agreements, andboycotts, factory committees, secondary and sympathy strikes, sit-down strikes,general strikes, and ultimately the expropriation of workplaces.7. We support the right of workers to hold shop meetings on company premises,elect their immediate supervisors, and administer health and safety programsthrough the formation of shop councils.8. We call for the repeal of the Hatch Act and the Taft-Hartley Act, the "hotcargo" provision of the Landrum-Griffin Act, and all so-called "right-to-work"laws.9. We call for the same benefits for part-time workers as for full-time workers.10. We call for increased health and safety regulation of business, and forincreasing the size and enforcement power of the Occupational Safety and HealthAdministration (OSHA).11. We support the creation of a fund for w
orkers which would pay a worker’s full
wages and health insurance as well as necessary educational and/or retraining costsif that worker loses a job due to environmental transition, down-sizing, corporatedismantlement, or capital flight.12. We call for a 30 hour work week at no loss of pay, with six weeks annual paidvacation.13. We call for unions to stop using union funds for electing candidates from theDemocratic and Republican parties.

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