Perspectives that Guide Labor Standard

1. There is a need for democratic, inclusive, socially-conscious organizations of the working-class majority — such as trade unions, as well as a variety of community, reform, and cultural groups, and an independent Labor Party — to challenge the assaults on our working conditions and living conditions by big business and pro-business politicians, and to advance the interests of the working class and of society as a whole.

2. There is a need to understand that issues of anti-racism and the liberation of oppressed nationalities, women’s rights and opposition to sexism, opposition to discrimination based on sexual orientation, the defense of all democratic rights, the preservation of a livable environment, opposition to militarism and war, etc. are all issues of profound importance to the working class as a whole.

3. There is a need to establish democratic control by the working-class majority over the economic institutions and resources of our society, so that the well-being and free development of each and every person — not the profits of a privileged few — will be the guiding purpose of our economic life. This is what is meant by socialism.

4. There is a need to develop informative and empirically-grounded analyses of changes and developments in society — in the U.S. and globally — that will help to orient working-class and social activists as they seek to understand and change the world in the direction of deepening democracy, and of improved living conditions and dignity for all.

5. There is a need to advance free, honest, thoughtful discussions among today’s labor and social activists — coming from various perspectives — about their experiences and perspectives.

6. The purpose of Labor Standard is to contribute to the meeting of the needs just outlined. Its editors identify with the American revolutionary traditions represented by such people as Tom Paine, Francis Wright, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Albert and Lucy Parsons, “Mother” Mary Jones, Eugene V. Debs, “Big Bill” Haywood, and James P. Cannon. We are guided by the principles of working-class democracy and revolutionary socialism represented historically by Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, Rosa Luxemburg, V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky. We seek to share our ideas and learn from others as we participate in the struggle for a better world.

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