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

Table 5.1

Political-Economic Characteristics Political-Economic Goals
1. Legal priority of private profit over public good in the management of privately owned capital 1. Stewardship of public and private property in the public interest takes legal precedence over private profit
2. Finance industry (banking, insurance, investment) conducted as private for-profit business with periodic financial meltdowns throwing millions out of work 2. Finance industry conducted as a public non-profit service by every level of government, serving public economic and social policy, including full employment
3. Capital accumulation, growth in material throughput in the economy, expanding global population, economic "growth" measured as economic busy-ness, beneficial or not 3. Declining capital investment in developed countries ("de-growth") until a sustainable "steady-state" global economy and population is reached
4. Degradation of nature and human life, fetish on acquisition of personal wealth and consumption of superfluous quantities of goods and services 4. Improved quality of life, including human welfare in a healthy environment and a focus on durable goods and consequent reduction in material throughput
5. Vast private wealth accumulation alongside poverty 5. Equitable distribution of income and wealth in a sustainable economy, an end to poverty
6. International military-industrial complex as a major source of resource waste and environmental destruction, a principal recipient of corporate welfare and the main enforcer of trans-national corporate power 6. Conversion of military-industrial complex to peace-keeping, international search and rescue, first responder services during environmental disasters and source of international development assistance
7. Trans-national for-profit corporations able to foment a race to the bottom in labor rights, environmental protection and social welfare 7. Trans-national business conducted in compliance with strict international environmental and labor laws and in the service of a just, sustainable future for all people
Dominant Cultural Characteristics Cultural Values
1. Isolated individuals, exclusivity 1. Human solidarity, inclusivity
2. Corporate “citizenship rights”, economic power translated into political power, hierarchical top-down management of business and government 2. Citizens equal persons, not corporations, inclusive participatory democracy in all organizations and institutions, decision making of, by and for the people
3. A mixture of private and public science, the former constrained by secrecy, patents and copyrights 3. Science fully conducted in the public interest in public institutions, with free flow of ideas, knowledge and information
4. Commercial advertising as the dominant form of cultural expression and information 4. Imagination liberated from commerce, with advertising restricted to service in the public interest
5. All the education an individual can buy 5. Education free to all at every level
6. Waste 6. Conservation


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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