2.13 Government and the struggle for a radically enriched form of democracy

In capitalist societies, many of the most important decisions that affect people's lives continue to be made behind closed doors by directors of private corporations, elected only by those who own a controlling share of voting stock. There are a variety of means that can be used in the transition to a green social democracy to approximate more closely the ideal of government of the people, by the people and for the people, both before and after the attainment by supporters of green social democracy of the dominant policy-making position. The following are emergent demands from the people's struggles for radically enriched democratic practice, all part of the transition, we believe, to a green social democracy.

Without itself becoming the management of companies that are now private, the government can promote through legislation, including business law, tax law and the strengthening of laws requiring public disclosure:

  • the participation of more people in the ownership and management of businesses, including with rights to participate in their decision-making;
  • more public, open and accountable decision making by private corporations;
  • a limitation in the salary difference between a company's managers and directors on the one hand and the average worker at the company on the other.

Even before the achievement of a full green social democracy, there are also evidently a number of ways for decision-making by government to become more democratic, including by becoming more representative and by engaging the public to a greater extent in the work of government. In particular,

  • the principle of proportional representation can be wedded to the principle of geographic representation, so that regions and political parties are both represented as closely as possible to their proportions among the electorate;
  • political campaign contributions can be restricted to individuals and limited in amount in countries and within local jurisdictions where this is not already the case;
  • political campaign contributions and lobbying by corporations can be prohibited; and
  • greater resources and weight can be given to direct participation of the electorate in legislative decision-making on issues of major social, economic and cultural importance.


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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