ABOUT


A membership-based revolutionary organization called Stand was formed at the March 10th, 2012 Congress. Basing its activities in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Stand will organize on libertarian communist principles (see below), working within the class for our collective liberation, with a further recognition that our class is global, necessitating global solidarity. Thus, we will work in solidarity with similar organizations and federations beyond our region.

A number of organizers have been working together for several months to bring together the founding assembly.

The following principles define the politics that have brought the current organizers together, and towards which we wish to invite others to further develop and turn into action. The Programs (see Resources section) give further definition to these ideas at this early stage.




Principles:

Communist: We are against all forms of capitalism, whether private, state or self-managed. In its place we want a classless, stateless and moneyless society based on solidarity, co-operation and the principle of "from each according to ability and to each according to need".

Class Struggle: Capitalism is characterized by the creation of a class of people, dispossessed from the means of production abd subsistence, who are required to work for a wage to get by. This condition pushes us to resist -- to do less work, for more money. However, our employers want us to work more for less money to increase their profits, The struggle resulting from this contradiction sets our humans needs and desires against those of capital. This struggle also lays the foundations for a new kind of society, based on the fulfillment of our needs. Direct action and solidarity are the basis of working class strength. We support the actions of our class in our own interets. We oppose the structure of organizations that claim to represent us, yet seek to manage capitalism supposedly on our behalf -- be they trade unions or political parties.

Human Dignity: Opposing all discrimination and prejudice by attempting to unite the working class is just as much a part of the class struggle as striking for higher wages. But our opposition goes far beyond the merely instrumental. We recognize the fundamental right of all people to live with equal dignity. Truly egalitarian social relations can never be fully attained under capitalism but we are not content to put off the struggles against all forms of bigotry until 'after the revolution'. Instead, we acknowledge our responsibility to strive against prejudice here and now, giving special attention to our own conduct so as not to reproduce deformations in our own lives.

Global Solidarity: Our class is global and so should be our solidarity. We reject the nation-state and recognize the limitation of nationalist movements, whether openly conservative or supposedly progressive and 'anti-imperialist' in nature, as both are based on the unity or workers with their rulers. Rather than take sides in wars between states or would-be states, we prefer instead to always support mutiny, conradship and the working class fighting in its own interest.

Everyday Life: Whether waged or unwaged, it is our everyday activity as workers that reproduces capitalist society. And it is through disrupting this activity that we can challenge and eventually replace it. As such, our activity as radical workers should always be based primarily on issues rooted in our everyday lives and experiences.