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Programme of the Red-Green Alliance

What is this programme?

It is the ideological basis of the Red-Green Alliance (RGA). Here we state our socialist values and visions, our views on the capitalist society that we live in, our strategy for socialist social change, and the principles for our day-to-day political work.

On this basis we elaborate specific programmes on particular themes, draft political proposals in our everyday work and plans for campaigns and political action. This programme points at our objectives and the way to achieve them. Everything else has to be seen as various ways to realize the visions and principles of the programme.

It is important that the members of the RGA know the programme and discuss it regularly. If you recognize yourself and your basic values in the programme, then you belong in the RGA.

We do not demand of our members that they agree in every part of the programme or that they at any time defend every single sentence in it. But it is the programme of the RGA. That is why we expect of our elected representatives that they defend the programme in their political work.

The society around us changes constantly. As a party we gain new experiences. We get wiser through discussions. That is why we after two years of debate have adopted this programme which replaces the one we adopted in 2003.

This programme will not last forever either. So it is open for debate from day one after its adoption. We shall discuss it with people outside the party, and we shall discuss it amongst ourselves.
When we at a given time reach the conclusion that the party is able to elaborate, then we will initiate a new programmatic debate. Such a progress will conclude in the adoption of a new programme at an Annual Conference. Until such a time this programme remains the ideological basis of the RGA.

Freedom together

The world can change. Oppression and hunger do not have to exist on our planet. We can do something about unemployment and housing shortages. Our society has been created by people and thus people can change it, too.

Inequalities grow and the environment is being destroyed, globally and locally. The reason for this is the fact that our society today aims at creating a maximum of profits. The purpose of producing food and clothes, building homes and developing new technologies is to make money and create a surplus for a tiny number of people instead of fulfilling human needs. The capitalist society that we live in is characterized by the pursuit of profit for the very few.

But it does not have to be that way.

People can change the world

Life can be good. Most of us make this experience at least sometimes. In particular we thrive in our everyday communities together with our family, colleagues and friends. We become wiser, happier and better when we are together with others at the work place, at school, and in our spare time.

We grow and develop together with other people. This is what happens when we organize to be strong enough to ensure decent wages and working conditions and benefits if we lose our job. Together we have built schools and hospitals where ordinary people can get free treatment. Communities and common solutions are the foundation of the progress that we have achieved as human beings.

Not everybody has wanted progress, however. There exists a fundamental contradiction between those people and economic and political powers that exploit other people and our natural resources for financial gain on the one hand, and those who are paid for their work and benefit from common solutions to our problems on the other. The way our society will develop is thus determined by the struggle between conflicting interests and classes.

History has shown that we can change the world when many people join in their efforts. The RGA consists of people who have joined together in order to create a better society for the vast majority. A society where democracy encompasses all parts of society, including the economy, and where solidarity is for all: A socialist society.

Freedom together

We want to set men and women free. Free from all kinds of oppression. Free from poverty and the fear of economic want. Free to grow and flourish, free to choose their course of life and life style, and free to engage in the way society develops.

A strong community, however, is a precondition for freedom. A community with opportunities for all, irrespective of gender, sexuality, disabilities, ethnicity or religion, and where everybody fully can exploit their potentials and live life to the full.

A community in solidarity is a precondition for freedom. Such a community ensures the basic needs of everybody, such as food, clothing, housing, education, health, and a meaningful job. The freedom to live your life as you want is not real without the protection of a community. If you fear homelessness, or if losing your job means a social disaster, you put up with indignities and unreasonable demands from your employer as to how much and how you should work.

Freedom means that people can shape their own lives. It means that we together not only decide what has to happen with the fruits of our labour, but also what should be produced in our society.
There is no real freedom if we fear the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. It is of the essence that our right to acquire these goods is not realized to the detriment of the same right of people elsewhere on our planet. So the environment has to be protected locally and globally in solidarity with future generations. Gender equality is also a precondition for freedom. We don't have that today - this is seen e.g. in the wage gap between men and women and the gender stereotypes that constrain us.

This is our vision. A real freedom for people in strong and sustainable communities. The precondition for this is a society that is different from capitalism, where the members of a small elite enrich themselves on the labour of others, and where power and wealth is thus concentrated with a small minority. Real freedom requires a socialist society where ordinary people through an extended democracy together distribute the wealth that is created to the benefit of the vast majority.

Capitalism blocks freedom, security, and democracy

Capitalism as an economic system has created an enormous technological development and increased the opportunities for consumption among ordinary people in the rich world. In particular capitalism has created colossal wealth for those people who own and control companies and natural resources.

The RGA opposes capitalism - because the capitalist economy is fundamentally undemocratic, creates inequality and insecurity, and destroys the ecosystems of our planet. For years capitalism has been on a collision course with nature. Now we are in a systemic crisis with multiple interwoven crises: financial crisis, energy crisis, food crisis, climate and environmental crisis. The global economy has reached a size where the global and local environment is undermined to the detriment of the living conditions and chances of survival of mankind.

That's why we want capitalism to be replaced by a socialist society that respects the limits dictated by nature and climate, and which aims at fulfilling man´s basic needs instead of striving for profit.

Capitalism creates inequality

The capitalist economy not only creates inequality within individual countries, it creates global inequality as well.
Throughout history, Western countries have appropriated huge wealth from the Third World, today known as the Global South, at first by means of colonization and later on through unequal trade relations. This domination and exploitation of the countries in the Global South is called imperialism, still in existence today where international structures keep millions of people in poverty by moving assets from the South to the North as a result of "free trade agreements", flight of capital, illegitimate debt burdens, forced liberalizations, and privatization of natural resources.

Conflicts between the capitalist superpowers concerning access to labour, markets, and natural resources have historically led to two major world wars and innumerable bloody conflicts. Even today the struggle for access to important resources like oil, metals, water, and land leads to serious conflicts. Especially the people who live in the areas where the resources are produced are confronted with oppression and military power.

In the capitalist economy wealth is distributed unequally. The reason is that capitalism creates a class society where the owners of the means of production - enterprises, land, and natural resources - appropriate the fruits of the labour of wage earners and thus accumulate wealth and power within an ever decreasing part of the population.

Capitalism has lead to a class society where a small minority owns and controls equities, factories, land, commodities and infrastructure. Thus this small group of people wields huge influence over the development of society. This small minority is surrounded by a group of highly paid people like managers, lawyers, media bosses etc. who work for and identify themselves with them.

In contradistinction to this class of owners and their allies we find a huge and diverse class consisting of the vast majority who make a living by selling their labour power or by receiving income transfers. The RGA calls this majority the working people, wage workers, the working class, the working majority, or simply ordinary people. We are dealing with a heterogeneous group with many internal contradictions: some work in private sector, others in the public sector, some own their homes, others are tenants.

What unites the majority is the fact that you have to sell your labour power in order to survive and the common interest in having good wages and workings conditions, welfare schemes etc.

When it comes to the distribution of wealth, the development of society and at times social power, in brief when it comes to all essential political issues, the two classes will have contradictory interests.

Capitalism prevents rule by the people

This fundamental inequality cannot be reconciled with real democracy because too many essential decisions are made by people nobody voted for. That is what we see when the financial markets are able to bully countries and governments to conduct policies that are detrimental to ordinary people. It is a characteristic feature of capitalism that democracy stops at the entrance to private enterprises. Inside the gates the employees have little or no say when it comes to the organization of work or the distribution and use of the profits made.

The most remote regions of the world are being integrated into the capitalist world economy. Invisible and seemingly uncontrollable ties connect the world, and the living conditions of individual people are decided by decisions made thousands of kilometres away. A bad day at the Tokyo Stock Exchange may lead to unemployment in a small town in Jutland.

The present organization of the economy also leads to overexploitation of the human resources. Most of us have experienced for ourselves the enormous work tempo on the labour market. Constant demands to work faster and to produce more mean that many people today are stressed or worn out. At the same time a substantial part of the population is kept away from the labour market either because they cannot get a job or because they cannot keep up with the pace.

Profit is more important than human needs

Capitalism is a way of organizing production and society in order to make profit. Without constant growth there are no dividends for private capital. In that case the capital owner will either lose his money or invest it in something else. This is the reason for the ever growing role of speculation in the world economy. If speculation is more profitable than commodity production then the capital is used for speculation. This has lead to enormous riches for the few who own capital, but it is extremely harmful for society. For instance the speculation in food prices has lead to an increase in prices, hunger, and poverty for the poor of this world. Speculation may cause and deepen economic crises and this leaves huge bills to be paid by ordinary people such as unemployment and poverty.

The hunt for profit means that human needs do not decide what will be produced. For instance much more is invested into developing new beauty products for consumers in the rich world than into research aiming at curing diseases that kill hundreds of thousands in the poorer parts of the world.

Capitalism colonizes ever more parts of our lives. As competition increases ever more areas are subjected to the hunt for profit. We can see this in the commercialization of human relations when care and sexuality become commodities, and we see it in cultural life where underground cultures are commercialized in no time. Capitalism has uncanny mental power to attribute artificial needs to people and to reduce them to consumers without any concern for actual needs or sustainability. Thus social stereotypes are attributed to people making everybody fit into the marketing and mass production of consumer goods in capitalism.

Capitalism threatens the climate and the environment

Capitalism is exceeding the limits of nature. The massive greenhouse gas pollution has initiated climate changes that soon will be disastrous and irreversible. The climate crisis is part of and reinforces a major ecological crisis that threatens the ecosystems and the biodiversity of the planet.

The fundamental reason for the climate and environmental crisis is profit-driven production and the dependence of capitalism on a continuous and basically unending growth. This leads to overproduction and continued overexploitation of nature.

The growth economy is ecologically unsustainable and the consumption of natural resources and the exploitation of nature in the rich world today already exceed what nature can sustain. This will lead to a worsening of living conditions for future generations.

The ever growing need for raw materials and energy in combination with the need for profit lead to ever more risky ways of exploiting nature such as the drilling of oil in the Arctic.
Furthermore the consequences hit the poorest hardest, internationally as well as in Denmark.

It is impossible to dissociate increasing consumption of resources and exploitation of the environment from economic growth. "Green growth" initiatives aim at creating new profitable markets and at avoiding the necessary break with the global growth economy. "Green growth" causes new ways of destroying the environment, for instance by growing bio fuels.

Capitalism leads to crises and unemployment

Capitalism is characterized by recurring crises that lead to mass unemployment, closure of enterprises, poverty, and attacks on workers´ rights. Although the crises appear in different forms they are basically a consequence of the intrinsic contradictions of capitalism.

In times of crisis capitalism steps up its attempts to cut down welfare benefits, workers´ rights, and environmental considerations in order to stay competitive with other countries. To this end capital employs brute force where it pressures elected politicians to austerity policies by threatening with outsourcing of jobs and mass redundancies. But also international organizations like the EU, WTO, and IMF contribute to the pressure aiming at diminishing welfare and social rights. The EU, WTO, and IMF remove decision making from the democratic arena, away from ordinary people and take it to places where capital is stronger than it traditionally has been in the Scandinavian countries with their historically strong labour movements. Thus resistance against capitalism also means a struggle against institutions like the EU and IMF. These institutions are also instruments for the dominance of the rich capitalist countries over the rest of the world.

As socialists we oppose capitalism. Inequality, poverty, destruction of the environment, the enormous concentration of capital power, and all the other consequences of capitalism are the reason why we want to replace the capitalist economy with a socialist democracy.

Capitalism in Denmark

The Danish society is part and parcel of the capitalist world order. But capitalist societies can be very different, depending on the composition of production, the economic relations, culture and history, but first of all on the political relation of forces.

The political struggle about the development of society - the class struggle - is everywhere. This struggle is fought when active movements work for a limitation of the power of capital and strive to achieve social and democratic improvements in parliament, in local councils, and in state and local institutions.

These struggles have made Denmark a more democratic and safer society with a higher degree of solidarity than many other countries. The workers´ movement, the women´s movement, and the left have won victories and suffered defeats, but they have understood that even within the framework of capitalism it is possible to win a better point of departure for the coming victories.

Progress is made in struggles

Free access to schools and health care, the right to benefits during unemployment, illness, and maternity leave, and limits to the pollution of enterprises: these are examples of progress that has been achieved in Denmark.

It has not always been like that. Once, every wage earner stood alone against the powerful employer. He could thus singlehandedly determine working hours, wages and working conditions. To the majority this meant a life in poverty and without any ability to influence one´s living conditions. The workers´ movement and the socialist parties came into being as a part of an international movement because the workers from the second half of the 19th century discovered their common interests and that they were stronger when they worked together.

Much has been achieved since then. We have free and democratic elections where every adult has the right to vote. Women and men are much more equal in Denmark than in many other countries. School is free of charge and everybody can get hospital treatment.

But these successes have not come automatically. All our victories have come about because the workers´ movement, the women's movement, other popular movements, and socialist parties have protested, carried out strikes, negotiated, carried out successful campaigns, won elections, and won other important conflicts directed against the economic and political forces that profit from our work.

Occasionally the employers and the right wing parties have had an interest in extending the welfare system, e.g. in order to ensure a well educated and well disciplined workforce able to contribute to economic growth and more profit for the capital owners. At other times social progress has been achieved because capital owners feared that a strong left might get support for more radical changes. The overall economic situation has also determined when it was possible to achieve progress and when a backlash had to be registered.

The victories of the workers´ movement have not been complete. Although education is formally free the educational system is still characterized by social inequality and it still accommodates to the wishes and needs of private enterprise in too large a degree. And although health care officially is free for everybody user payment and private health insurance make reality more complex.

Improved equality between men and women is not just due to the struggle of the workers´ and women´s movement. It is also due to the need of the employers to get women to be wage earners. Improvements have happened in the struggle for gender equality, but there is still a long way to go. There is still much to be done when it comes to equal pay and equal maternity conditions and when it comes to reducing the social and cultural limitations that we are faced with as a consequence of our gender with respect to the choice of education, work, the way we dress, and sexuality.

So the Danish capitalist society is the result of struggles, conflicts, and deals between different political, economic, and social forces and interest groups. This does not change the fact that democracy has been extended through the victories of the popular movements - not the least through the construction of a collective and public welfare system. The expansion of health care, the social sector, and the care for the elderly has brought about a security that in conjunction with vastly improved educational standards during the last one hundred years has given individual people more freedom and better opportunities to get involved in the development of society.

The welfare system is under pressure

Today our victories are under massive pressure. Under cover of the economic crisis strong forces strive to roll back the victories of the popular movements. Employers and centre right parties who formerly were seeking compromises with the workers´ and women´s movements are stronger now and wish to redistribute social assets to the benefit of the capitalists by means of tax cuts, wage restraint, and cuts in solutions based on solidarity. At the same time they have wanted - with success - to create insecurity and fear of unemployment in order to avoid demands for decent wages and working conditions.

The original basic tenet of the workers´ movement was that human beings have a value of their own and that society should contribute to providing people with opportunities. This view is confronted by powerful forces that see people as soldiers in the international competition who only are worth something through their labour. Since the 1980´s these forces - in Denmark as well as internationally - have been on the offensive. They strive to create a competitive state where the life of children is deprived of diversity, where play and freedom are taken away, and where education for the labour market is ever more present in the lives of children. A competitive state where education is streamlined, immersion in studies is neglected, and where young people are forced through the educational system ever faster, and where the elderly are pressured to stay longer on the labour market while the unemployed are forced to accept worse conditions and lower benefits. A competitive state where the role of the state is reduced to fulfilling the needs of capitalism instead of those of the great majority.

This is the background we have to see roll-backs, cuts and "reforms" that have been implemented through the latest decades regardless of which parties have held government power.

At the same time collective solutions where everybody contributes to and is entitled to benefits from the public sector are under attack. Instead individual solutions are introduced, e.g. insurances where every individual has the responsibility to insure him- or herself during unemployment and illness. In this way there has been created a huge gap between those on the labour market with an ability to get insurance, and those who do not have this opportunity and thus must make do with low-grade offers and opportunities.

The cuts within the public welfare sector hit women twice. They experience layoffs whilst welfare services are brought back to the families because the collective solutions are being undermined and dismantled. Much of what we call welfare consists of caring tasks like nursing, childcare, and care for the elderly. Through centuries these tasks have been the responsibility of women as free work at home and in the family. If this work is not a collective and societal responsibility, women do not have the possibility to obtain equality and freedom and to live as they wish. Work in the welfare is typically badly paid. The reason for this is partly the lack of recognition of the work that traditionally has been carried out by women.

The reason for the pressure our societies are faced with is the economic globalization that the EU is an example of. When labour can and must move freely across borders it quite simply gets more difficult to preserve collective welfare systems for everybody in a particular country.

Democracy, too, is under pressure from the EU. Today the EU determines ever more of our legislation and the representative democracy is made void of content and deprived of its political room to manoeuvre. One example is the Fiscal Pact and the ever stricter EU regulation of fiscal policies. Thus the introduction of progressive reforms is blocked, because the Single Market supersedes the interests of consumers, health, and the environment. For this reason the RGA is strongly opposed to the EU: we support Denmark leaving the EU and the dissolution of the EU, and the establishment of a social and green democratic cooperation as an alternative.

In spite of the massive pressure against the common solutions progress is still happening. For instance active movements have achieved major improvements in the rights of minorities. Progress has happened when it comes to the general attitude as well as the concrete treatment of people who live in other ways than the majority. It is also worth noticing that the dismantling of social and collective rights has been substantially slower in Denmark than in other countries because resistance against cuts occasionally has been successful.

Welfare and the state

Most of the social rights that we have won during the last one hundred years are managed by the central state, the regions, or the municipalities. In the same way the public sector has - at times, at least – taken responsibility for education, health care, electricity, heating, waste disposal, traffic, and communications.

When such activities are run by the state it improves the chances that they will benefit ordinary people. Public activities are not supposed to make profits for private owners. So they are not under constant pressure to maximize profits - or close down. Elected politicians basically decide how they have to be run - not private individuals or the capital market. Thus there is an open democratic struggle about the way the public sector is going to develop.

This struggle deals with the substance of the public sector as well as with the way it is managed. At present the management logic of the private sector is introduced into the management of the welfare system, the infrastructure etc.

On the other hand capitalist economic power still dictates the framework of the public sector and limits the possibilities for exercising democratic influence. The trends on the financial markets influence the public economy. If a political majority wants to limit the freedom of action or the profits of capital owners these will not hesitate to threaten with delocalization of investments or jobs to another country. The more elected politicians try to expand the public sector to the benefit of ordinary people the more they are confronted with the limits of capitalism.

The RGA will always be an active partner in the defence of the welfare goods and other gains that we have won and we want to liberate them from the limitations and distortions they are subjected to in our present society. Thus we can create the preconditions for a fundamental change of society. This is the starting point for a new society - a socialist society.

A socialist democracy

We neither can nor should describe a future socialist society in detail; we leave that to the people who are going to build it. To the RGA socialism is not a recipe, but a number of basic principles as to how people can be freer and gain much more empowerment over the shaping of their own lives. Socialism provides answers to the major problems that are the responsibility of capitalism: lack of democracy, crises, destruction of nature, inequality, racism, and war. In a socialist society everybody will enjoy genuinely equal opportunities to live the life they want, while respecting other people, nature, and future generations. So to us socialism not only differs from capitalism, but also from the alleged socialist societies where a privileged minority has exercised a dictatorship to the detriment of people and. nature. The monarchy should be abolished as a last remnant of absolutism.

A democratic economy

Our socialism will extend democracy. It will preserve all the democratic rights and opportunities that we enjoy today. It will introduce more and new democratic rights and it will turn rights that often only exist on paper into reality because socialism will abolish the undemocratic power of the minority over important societal decisions. Free end secret elections to popularly elected assemblies as well as individual rights like the freedom of speech and to organize are fundamental principles to be preserved and extended. Under socialism economic decisions and the labour market will be subjected to the democratic process. Furthermore socialism will give entirely new opportunities to introduce direct democracy.

Today fundamental economic decisions are made without consulting the population. This happens even though decisions concerning delocalization of jobs and investments in new technologies have enormous consequences for man and nature. In the work place, too, democracy has been suspended with little or no say for the employees. A socialist democracy can give every individual much more influence in their own lives and ensure a genuine democracy. Here the majority has the power to make important societal decisions - locally, nationally, and globally. This differs radically from the situation today where economic power is concentrated in the hands of a small elite of multinationals, banks, share holders, and speculators that nobody ever voted for.

In the anti-capitalist struggle we already see new democratic ways of organizing. They are the embryo of socialist democracy. After a fundamental change of society there will be many more opportunities to develop a direct democracy where people are involved more directly in the decision making process. Local areas, work places, and public institutions will to a much larger extent be managed and organized directly by the people.

A new and genuine democracy presupposes fundamental changes in the ownership of the means of production such as enterprises, land, and natural resources. So collective forms of ownership will be predominant. That is why we want public authorities, employees, local and other communities to own and run enterprises. It is of the essence that socially vital sectors are owned and controlled by the community. This means that economic power is managed by the people and its elected representatives.

A democratic economy also implies a democratic work life. The work place must be a democratic place and the employees should have a constitutional right to have a decisive influence on the organization of their work.

An ecologically sustainable society

The major challenge in the coming decades will be to show how we can reduce the total material consumption while we increase the quality of life simultaneously. Instead of making a bigger pie and hoping that everybody will get a piece we need a radical redistribution of the consumption, so that the poor of this world - including poor people in the rich countries - are able to raise their living standards. In Denmark as well as in the other rich countries, we must first of all make life better through shorter working hours, less waste, better and more durable products, as well as growth in non - material goods such as nature, knowledge and skills, health, social relations, and cultural empowerment.

In order to do this it is necessary with democratic planning where long term environmental and social considerations replace short term profit motives and growth. Useless and environmentally harmful activities must be phased out while socially useful and environmentally beneficial activities are being developed, and the right to work is guaranteed.

Socialism means that the economy is based on common ownership and democracy. Production will not be guided by considerations of profit, but by the real needs of people, and in a way that respects global sustainability. Only by initiating the transition towards a socialist democracy we can in earnest do something about the climate and environmental crisis, the lack of resources, growing poverty, and the food crisis, and carry out the transformation to an environmentally sustainable welfare society.

This vision also implies that we will have to produce less, and that many jobs will be made redundant. All in all this will liberate a lot of labour which means that people under socialism will have to share the available work much more equally.

Our vision of socialism is thus a vision where people are not burnt out on their work place or give the best of their waking hours to the benefit of their employer. Ours is a vision where people get much more free time to realize themselves, enjoy their families, friends, and hobbies. In short they will be complete human beings, not just working people.

A society with equal opportunities

In socialism there will also be contradictions and disagreements. For that reason it is of the essence to maintain and improve the democratic rights that exist today. These rights can be made much more substantial when inequality is restricted. But it is still of fundamental importance to secure the right of assembly and organization for minorities, and the right to work for a roll-back of the socialist gains. Freedom also means that those who disagree with the majority should have their full freedom to express themselves and work for the promotion of their political views.

When we talk about freedom we do not mean freedom only for those who can afford it. That is why equality is a precondition for real freedom. This presupposes a substantial redistribution from the wealthy to the poor. It necessitates that we ensure that everybody has equal access to health, education, housing and other necessities. But inequality and lack of freedom are not only connected to money or class: gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age, and much more can also cause discrimination and oppression. We fight these forms of oppression in the existing society. A socialist organization of the economy will not make these forms of oppression go away. This will require continued political work, no matter what societal organization the people may choose.

Towards a socialist democracy

The daily political work of the RGA is done outside the parliament. We are an active part of political movements and civil society. We work in municipal and regional councils and in the Danish parliament as well. We cooperate with other progressive forces in order to defend the victories that have previously been won by the workers' movement, and in order to achieve more democratic rights, better living conditions, and more solidarity.

Day to day struggles are connected to the struggle for socialism

In Denmark the capital owners and their allies are in a permanent conflict with the overwhelming majority of the people. This conflict intermittently finds its expression in movements and struggles.
This conflict of interests is the root cause of any local conflict about outsourcing: Are the working conditions of the employees and the social welfare going to suffer in order to maximize the profit of the big cleaning companies?
The same contradiction explains why the big multinational corporations put pressure on governments in order to permit a continuing destruction of our climate in spite of a wide popular understanding that time is running out.

It is the balance of forces between these classes that decides how society develops. The welfare society was created as a result of the working class organizing in political parties and trade unions. The attacks on the welfare system in recent years are a result of the growing power and wealth of the employers and company owners, while the trade union movement and the working class have been weakened over all.

A fundamental change of society towards socialism has as its precondition a substantial change of the balance of forces in favour of the working class.

To the RGA the efforts to achieve improvements here and now is thus closely linked with the struggle for a socialist democracy. When we work for decent wages and working conditions in a trade union we don't simply do it in order to give ordinary people a better life. Security is necessary if you want a real opportunity to have a say in the way our society has to be.

In the same way the RGA constantly strives to enlarge democracy in order empower people in order to influence their own lives. Be it the opportunities of parents to have a say in the nursing school of their children, our opportunities to have a real say in our work place, or to have a bank account in a bank that is not run for profit.

That is why the RGA supports the creation of democratic and collective alternatives to the capitalist and profit oriented production, like producer's and consumer's cooperatives, collectively owned banks and savings banks, and other forms of non-profit production. Likewise, we want the pension funds of the employees to become really democratic so that they can invest in a social and sustainable way.

We believe that the more opportunities people get to run their own lives, the better society will be, and the better we will be able to see how our society can be changed into a better place to live in.

That is why it is crucial that the popular movements rally around demands that have their point of departure in concrete problems, but at the same time question the basic structures in capitalist society: the power over the economy, the rule of the market, and the right of the employers to dictate how the work is done.

The RGA is actively engaged in conceiving and publicizing demands and proposals that may solve the problems that are created or enhanced by capitalism. We do this in close cooperation with those social groups that are most directly affected by these problems, and in cooperation with other leftist forces in Denmark and in other countries. We do not let ourselves be restrained by what is acceptable to the capitalist economy, what capital owners might accept, what the market reacts to, or what is agreeable to the EU and the WTO.

We present a policy that will strengthen the working class and its potential to defend and improve its conditions. And we present ideas as to how the working class and the popular movements can win the struggle for such a policy. Our alternative is a policy that goes beyond the framework of capitalism because we know that it will never be possible to achieve justice, emancipation, and a sustainable planet in a capitalist society.

Climate and environmental policies constitute a good example of an area where the continued defensive struggles are bound to raise questions about who controls agriculture, transport, and production. This is in essence an attack on the core of capitalism.

Popular movements are crucial

We are convinced that we have the best opportunities to avert cutbacks and achieve improvements if people who share the same interests organize in order to fight for their rights. For that reason the RGA is committed to building, supporting, and cooperating with political movements, and to make them as active and democratic as possible. We do this as a party as well as individual members.

The RGA sees the trade unions as a movement of essential importance when it comes to organizing the working class in its struggle for better wages and working conditions, and for societal change. We strive for strong, independent, democratic, and unbureaucratic unions without careerism where the members set the agenda.

The struggles and the victories that we are part of ourselves show us that it is possible to change the world and create a better society. We also discover the limitations that capitalism imposes on our democracy and our efforts to build a more just and equal society. The new democratic structures that emerge in political movements and organizations are the embryo of a socialist democracy where an active population is much more actively engaged in the construction of society.

The RGA is also committed to uniting and reinforcing those movements and forces that may advance our common struggle through alliances. As a party we refuse to set one group against another by making deals in favour of one particular group but to the detriment of another - we work for even the smallest improvement and against even the smallest setbacks. Splits are poison in the struggle for socialism. That is why the RGA fights racism in all its many forms, and works for equal rights to everybody while explaining how capitalism exploits racism to create artificial divisions, and to prevent a common resistance against capitalism.

And that is why we consider the women's struggle an indispensable and politically important aspect of the struggle against capitalism.

And that is why we strive to connect trade unions and social movements with climate and environmental movements in order to underpin our demands for ecologically sustainable crisis solutions, based on solidarity.

Finally it is an important task for the RGA to be a driving force for those people and movements who are opposed to the attacks of neo-liberalism on the rights and conditions of the working class and all those who want to defend and further develop our welfare and common interests.

Popular movements and mobilizations are the core of the struggle for socialism as well as in the day-to-day defensive struggles, but socialism does not grow spontaneously out the struggles of the popular movements. Socialist parties play an important and necessary role. In the daily struggles the RGA has to act as an inspirator and organizer in the popular movements and introduce proposals that go beyond the social framework dictated by capitalism today.

We are working for a socialist and democratic revolution

Even though the RGA works every day to win even the smallest improvements we are convinced that as long as we live in a class society with a capitalist economy, there will be inequality, poverty, destruction of nature, and an enormous concentration of capitalist power that undermine the popularly elected institutions.

That is why we strive for a fundamental change of our society where capitalism is replaced by socialist democracy. That is what we call a revolution: the majority of the population takes over the actual democratic possibility to rule society from the minority that holds economic power today.

How such a fundamental change of the economic system actually will take place is impossible to predict. But it is of the essence that the population wins the power over the economic centres of society so that the majority gets a democratic opportunity to control the economic priorities in society.

It is absolutely fundamental for the RGA that only a majority of the population can carry out a break with capitalism, and this majority must manifest itself in referenda and completely free elections to representative assemblies. In the same way it is evident that a majority of the population at any time through democratic elections may change society in other directions. But the decisions of the majority must also be respected by the economic elite that will lose the power and privileges it holds today.

The RGA safeguard the individual liberties and democracy. We strive to extend democracy for all citizens. This means that the basic democratic liberties are inviolable in all situations - on the way towards socialism as well as in a socialist society.

An important element of a socialist democracy will be a new constitution. The new socialist constitution will separate state and church, abolish the monarchy, and replace it with a new democratic and republican mode of government, as well as give an unequivocal guarantee of basic individual rights, such as the freedom of organization, speech, and assembly, the right to health, housing, education, and work.

A new constitution must also guarantee the interests of the common good by enabling a democratic takeover of the ownership of socially decisive means of production and natural resources.

The struggle for socialism is a process that only can be advanced by an active and organized population. It is not enough that a majority of the population manifests its support for a socialist transformation of society - it is a precondition that the population participates actively in the construction of society to a much higher degree than today. This necessitates that people organize and discuss the tasks at hand. This can happen by means of new or already existing and familiar democratic bodies like councils of residents, parents' associations, councils of the elderly and trade union branches. These bodies will get much more influence than today. The building of a socialist society will thus mean a radical expansion of democracy that will only take place if the population assumes its rights and obligations to rule society.

International solidarity and community

The RGA is working for a peaceful and open world where everybody can live a life without fear war and poverty. The struggle for a just world and for socialism is global. That is why working internationally and building alliances across borders is of crucial importance to us. Wherever relevant we focus on the international perspectives.

The working class and oppressed people in Denmark have more in common with the same groups in Bangladesh, the USA, or Sweden than with the big shareholders in Danish banks and corporations. That is why we fight pressures and wars that aim at strengthening capitalist power across the globe. We fight militarism and demand that Denmark leaves NATO. We want the Danish armed forces dismantled and replaced by a much smaller organization suited for possible Danish contributions to UN peacekeeping efforts.

So we call for common organization and common activities across borders and for international solidarity. International cooperation between various future socialist democracies will also create better conditions for building a better world without poverty and war where we together take better care of our planet.

Concluding remarks

In this programme we present our visions for the society that we want and work for. But we are not satisfied with dreams and wishes. Every single day our members work for a stronger community and a more just society. To us things are interconnected. Our visions give directions to our daily struggles.

The RGA is a socialist, feminist, and green party. Our basic tenet is that all people are equal, that nobody should be oppressed neither because of gender, sexuality, or ethnicity. We strive for a socialist society based on democracy, equality, solidarity, and ecological sustainability. Together we can change and develop our society with sustainable ecological solutions to the benefit of all.

The RGA consists of people who want to improve the world - and we do something about it. We are different from most other parties. We believe that our members should decide and we have a living party democracy with room for differing views and many debates. We are not a party for careerists and professional politicians. All our staff and MPs have the same income as a skilled metal worker in Copenhagen, and we practise a system of rotation that implies that our elected representatives and our staff will have to try to live a life outside Parliament and the town halls.

The RGA alone cannot create a more just society. Only together with other active people can we accomplish change. Only together can we change the world.

- Adopted at the RGA 25th annual conference 2014

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