Democratic Socialists of America Los Angeles seeks to facilitate the transition to a society based on the ideals of freedom, creativity, sustainability, justice, equality, and solidarity.
To that end, we envision a humane social order based on imbedding markets, essential services, resources and production in systems of appropriate societal controls. We advocate equitable distribution, environmental safeguards, gender and racial equality, economic planning, and the replacement of relationships of force and oppression between individuals, groups, and nations with those of persuasion and cooperation. We reject an economic order based solely on private profit, gross inequalities of wealth and power, discrimination based on race, gender and sexual orientation, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.
Our conception of socialism is deeply democratic. It proceeds from the belief that human beings should be free to develop to their fullest potential, that public policies should be determined not by wealth but by popular participation, and that inequality of starting points requires solidarity and the creation of opportunities. It is committed to individual liberties and safeguards against abuse of state and corporate power, such as freedom of speech that does not recoil from dissent, free access to information, freedom to organize independent trade unions, women’s groups, political parties, and other structures of civil society, and freedom and diversity of cultural and spiritual expression.
Our conception is realistic and substantive. It acknowledges the foundational tendency of capitalist economics to greatly benefit corporations and finance at the expense of the vast majority of the population and the environment both now and in the future. The result is what confronts us—a fundamental and growing inequality of resources and influence that obstructs progressive developments and is greatly intensified by globalization. We believe that this fundamental conflict requires a mixed economic order in which markets are embedded in laws and rules. Our approach takes inspiration from the breadth of the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights agreed in the U.N. Covenants of Human Rights, and it is informed on the practical level by the diverse accomplishments and strategies of international social democracy.
We aspire to provide within the broader democratic left an engaged, articulate and growing presence that can contribute significantly to the future realization of democratic socialism.