2.10 A peaceful transition to a green social democracy?

There can be no a priori guarantee of the successful achievement of a green social democracy, particularly one with characteristics that are speculatively attributed to it, as is the case in this opinion piece. We acknowledge that our argument for a green social democracy constitutes a projection into the future of emergent trends from within presently dominant capitalism, especially the people's demands. Our identification is no doubt incomplete and may, in some respects be inaccurate, although humanity has a two hundred plus year record of the people's struggles against the ravages of capitalism to draw upon. Getting this programmatic projection right is the work of an entire movement of hundreds of millions of people worldwide currently seeking an exit from capitalism, whether consciously or not, and the tens of millions of additional people joining the struggles every year against capitalism's continuing and reckless degradation of nature, assaults against people's welfare and reliance on militarism and violence as means of perpetuating itself. If a green social democracy is to be achieved, it will be without any advance assurance of success, but motivated by the intention of acting responsibly. It will be nothing more nor less than the extension of struggles now underway.

Based on that evidence, a relatively peaceful transition from the capitalist democracies that today characterize most countries to green social democracies is a realistic aim. This transition is likely to include the exercise by green social democrats of the full range of civil rights, including electoral rights, speech, assembly and even civil disobedience when this is necessary to bring suppressed information and alternatives to public attention.

If the peaceful path to a just, sustainable future cannot be maintained, if the authoritarian tendencies within capitalism manage to prevail, the more likely outcome then becomes a spiral downwards towards a civilization collapse that would take all social classes with it. By keeping a peaceful, democratic path to change open, or immediately restoring this path should it be temporarily closed by a fearful capitalist class and its representatives in the press, military, courts and government, the changes that are vitally needed can be made by an informed and aroused majority.

The transition to a green social democracy will necessarily be a process, not an event, possibly including a period of alternation between pro-capitalist and green social democratic governments, during which the new institutions of green social democracy will be introduced and ultimately become established as the new norm for human society. The period of transition to a green social democracy will likely be characterized by a multi-party political system, representing the spectrum of property options that will continue into the foreseeable future, corresponding to the dichotomous variables identified above and the range of options these represent.

So, what kind of economic future might this open up?


This website was launched September 1, 2010 in support of a green social democratic alternative to neoliberal capitalist policy and practice. The primary result is a work by Charles and Karen McFadden of seven chapters, grouped under the title, Towards a Green Social Democratic Alternative to Capitalism available here in pdf and html formats.

Below under the heading What’s New can be found the most recent materials posted on this website, including opinion pieces, book reviews, articles and selections from the 2017 edition of the main work.  For the interest of new and returning visitors, new materials will be included quarterly.

What's New


Authors' Preface

1.6 The epochal nature of the period we are entering

6.0 The socialism we need against the "socialism" of the 20th century

6.8 Additional concerns about 20th century variants of "socialism"

6.9 The people united!

7.1 Policy alternatives and political movements to advance them


Charles and Karen McFadden, Is revolutionary transformation on the agenda

Charles and Karen McFaddenHumanity on the Brink

Charles and Karen McFaddenMovements of Resistance to Movements for System Change

Charles McFaddenTranslating Green Principles into Education Policy and Practice

Charles and Karen McFadden, The Role of Revolutionaries in the Labor Movement


Charles and Karen McFadden, “The Shape of Water” as an Antidote to the Age of Trump 

Charles McFadden, Decolonizing the U.S. & Canada: The People United for a More Just Sustainable Future

Karen and Charles McFaddenCan emergent early 21st century neo-fascism be defeated without coming to grips with late 20th century restructuring of capitalism into a global system

Karen and Charles McFaddenA Dominant Capitalism or a Sustainable Environment? Why we can't have both.


William I. RobinsonThe Crisis of Global Capitalism and Trump's March to War

William I. RobinsonTrumpism, 21st Century Fascism, and the Dictatorship of the Transnational Capitalist Class


George HewisonWINNIPEG 1919 & THE COLD WAR

George HewisonArt Manuel - "Unsettling Canada

George HewisonThe NDP and LEAP


Albert Einstein, David Swanson, Jill Stein, Chris Hedges, William I. Robinson, and others Selected articles for Winter 2018



1.7 The dynamics of capitalism as a system and the limits of single issue reforms

2.11 The economy in transition towards a new deal for labor and the community

3.1 The challenge of a moribund economic system

3.7 Public banking: A cornerstone of a green social democracy

4.7 Economics and culture

6.5 Using the non-market economy as an opportunity to begin moving beyond capitalism


1.6 The epochal nature of the period we are entering

2.0 Theoretical Perspective: Defining Green Social Democracy

2.5. Socialism and green social democracy in historical materialist theory

4.3 Culture in historical perspective

5.1 Contrasting a green social democratic world with the currently prevailing, but challenged neo-liberal one

6.2 Socialism and capitalism as coexisting social systems


2.11 The economy in transition towards a new deal for labor and the community

5.7 Defeating neo-liberal capitalism: The role of social movements

7.3 Justice: Creating a just society, based on the right of all to a dignified, secure existence

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