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Comment - Social Justice


The Philosophical Basis of the Green Party - background by David Flint.

A NEW BASIS FOR OUR PARTY?

In February Party conference voted to change the party's 'Philosophical Basis'. In the old version our understanding of humanity's dependence on the natural world was at the centre of our identity. The intended and actual effect of these changes is to put 'social justice' at the heart of the party's identity as well (see below).

Did you know that? Probably not. It wasn't widely publicized.

Do you support the changes? In subsequent articles Jean Robertson-Molloy and I (who both voted on the changes) present contrasting views.

The old version started:
Life on Earth is under immense pressure. It is human activity, more than anything else, which is threatening the well-being of the environment on which we depend. Conventional politics has failed us because its values are fundamentally flawed.

The Green Party isn't just another political party. Green politics is a new and radical kind of politics guided by these core principles:
1. Humankind depends on the diversity of the natural world for its existence. We do not believe that other species are expendable.

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The new version starts:
A system based on inequality and exploitation is threatening the future of the planet on which we depend, and encouraging reckless and environmentally damaging consumerism. A world based on cooperation and democracy would prioritise the many, not the few, and would not risk the planet's future with environmental destruction and unsustainable consumption.

The Green Party isn't just another political party. Green politics is a new and radical kind of politics guided by these core principles:
1. The Green Party is a party of social and environmental justice, which supports a radical transformation of society for the benefit of all, and for the planet as a whole. We understand that the threats to economic, social and environmental wellbeing are part of the same problem, and recognise that solving one of these crises cannot be achieved without solving the others.
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First published in the EGP members newsletter, May 2013



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