2.14 The fight for civil rights

The most powerful weapons in the people's hands are those that the ruling political-economic elites have been compelled by public advocacy and pressure to adopt, most notably the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, each adopted by the United Nations with the support of an overwhelming majority of states, giving these Declarations juridical force in these states and moral force everywhere.

In addition to all the rights, including civil rights and minority protections, achieved within capitalist democracies, the following additional rights, where they do not already exist in law, are among those being fought for by the emergent green social democratic popular movements:

  • the right to the vital necessities of life, including clean air and water, healthy food, adequate shelter and personal space, recreational opportunities, health care and personal security;
  • the right to participation in democratic decision-making on all matters that concern the participant, including the right and opportunity to participate in the election of governing bodies and to be elected to these bodies, contribute ideas, proposals, opinions and legislative amendments to these bodies, assemble, demonstrate, and when necessary engage in civil disobedience to bring their ideas, opinions and proposals to public attention;
  • the right to education and information free from commercial bias;
  • the equal right to compete for access to capital to initiate businesses and provide services;
  • the equal right to enjoy nature, including access to recreational land, lakes, rivers, and oceans;
  • the right (which can be sought through bilateral and multilateral agreements between countries, including trade agreements) to travel to other countries for the purpose of tourism and, where qualified by language and ability, to seek work; and
  • for non-citizens who accept all the responsibilities of citizenship, the right also to enjoy all the rights provided to citizens of the country in which one works.



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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