It is increasingly apparent that neoliberal capitalism is not working well for the majority of the population in the United States … or globally.
Wealth and income
inequality is putting the famous American middle class in danger of becoming a distant memory as American children, for the first time in our history, now face economic prospects worse than what their parents enjoyed. We suffer from more frequent financial
“shocks” and linger in recession far longer than in the past. Education and health care systems are being decimated. And if all this were not enough, environmental destruction continues to escalate as we stand on the verge of triggering irreversible,
and perhaps cataclysmic, climate change.
Ultimately, each one of us must ask ourselves what kind of life we want to live. Does that way of life include the opportunity,
resources and freedom to live that life? Shouldn't the purpose, structures and institutions of society assist us in living the life we want to live?
look to history to provide any relief, answers or solutions. As is well documented, the economic systems of unbridled corporate capitalism and state socialism have absolutely failed at providing equitable opportunity and distributing income and wealth equitably
across the world's nations and populations.
Social anarchists believe that the historical and current
economic systems cannot be reformed (fixed) to provide all of humanity a more humanitarian existence in which we can all live happy, meaningful and fulfilled lives. Rather, we must look to a new economic, social and political system that places
the interests of ALL over a few select ruling elites. This Next System must be more democratic and participatory. The Next System must offer more equity, solidarity, diversity and self-management.
Equity refers to how much we get from our work. And the norm is that we should be remunerated for effort and sacrifice, not for property
Solidarity is the notion that people should be concerned about one another and
benefit in concert with one another rather than be mutually opposed and trampling upon one another.
Diversity is about the range of options we have. A wider range of options is better than homogenizing and reducing the range of options at our disposal.
Self-management has to do with how much control we have over our lives. Self-management means that we have a say in the decisions that affect us in proportion to the degree that we are affected by them.