5.5 A road map to green social democracy

Pulling together what has been argued above, a few conclusions emerge:

  1. There are alternatives. Humankind is not condemned to the dead-end road along which neo-liberal leadership is taking us.
  2. Transforming neo-liberal capitalism into something else requires a paradigm shift in guiding theory and a fundamental change from each of neo-liberal capitalism’s essential characteristics to the corresponding ones of the new society.
  3. What has here been defined as green social democracy is a logical alternative to neo-liberal capitalism, one which would permit solutions to the major problems of inequality and environmental degradation and enable the achievement of a just, sustainable society.
  4. There are an infinite number of roads to green social democracy. At one end of the spectrum of possibilities, the path can begin with a successful reform of any one of the essential characteristics of neo-liberal capitalism into its green social democratic counterpart. At the other end of the spectrum of possibilities, the struggle may be waged on all fronts with victory on each front occurring simultaneously. (The latter probably corresponds to a period of profound crisis, the former to a protracted series of relatively milder crises. The latter is perhaps illustrated by the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and 1991 and the former by the transformation from feudal England to capitalist England, which occurred over a period lasting centuries.) Any path between these two extremes is possible, depending on the circumstances that may emerge, which are difficult to predict in advance.
  5. Reforms of one or a few essential features of neo-liberal capitalism will generate efforts from the supporters of that system at counter-reform. The goal of a stable green social democracy is only achieved when every one of the essential, integral characteristics of the old system is replaced by the corresponding essential, integral characteristic of the new one.


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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