The members of LeftRoots are united by the following points of unity:
SOCIALISM IS THE FUTURE! LET'S BUILD IT NOW!
Capitalism must go if humanity is to survive and if liberation is to be achieved. This crisis-ridden system of excess and exploitation lies at the root of all income disparity, environmental degradation, imperialist war and human alienation. It is poisoning our future. We will work to support and strengthen popular struggles that confront and weaken the logic, institutions and very system of capitalism. We will also support experiments that seek to form the foundations of socialist alternatives that foster solidarity, justice and equity. There is a better way.
END ALL OPPRESSION FOR LASTING HUMAN SOLIDARITY.
White supremacy, patriarchy, homophobia and other forms of oppression are deeply embedded in modern capitalism and will not simply wither away once we have tossed capitalism into the trash-bin of history. Throughout history, these oppressions have and continue to distort society’s development, degrade people’s humanity and undermine efforts to create a bloc with revolutionary potential. Any liberatory movement of movements has to reflect the faces, histories and interests of the people who experience the savagery of white supremacy, patriarchy and homophobia first-hand, while we struggle to destroy and dismantle the systems themselves. A commitment to end systematic oppression is necessary if we are to achieve the lasting dignity of human solidarity.
VICTORY WILL REQUIRE BOTH POPULAR MOVEMENTS AND AN ORGANIZED LEFT.
Liberation will only be achieved as a result of the power of the people. Current conditions in the United States, most notably the lack of a unified social bloc who sees revolutionary change as its objective, suggest that reform struggles and survival projects will be two important expressions of popular struggle. It is the task of Leftists to support struggles and help guide them away from reformism and towards strategic challenge and fundamental break from the existing system. This process will require a myriad of organizational forms including mass movements of the popular classes and organized formations of Leftists working together, working collaboratively to unleash the power of the people, to achieve and consolidate revolutionary breakthroughs.
STEWARDSHIP, NOT OWNERSHIP. INTERDEPENDENCE, NOT EXPLOITATION.
The planet is not a commodity to be possessed, owned and exploited by humanity for our own purposes. Humans must serve as good stewards, so that our interdependence with nature can be continued by future generations. We are guided by a commitment to build a society that based on ecological balance.
LIBERATION MUST CROSS ALL BORDERS.
All peoples around the globe have equal claim to justice and liberation. Wealth and prosperity in the United States grows from the dispossession and subjugation of the peoples and lands in other parts of the world, especially the Global South. A liberatory movement of movements based inside the world’s imperialist power must confront the institutions, ideology and legacy of empire, imperialism and U.S.-exceptionalism in order to make real ties of global, human solidarity.
TRANSFORM SOCIETY, TRANSFORM OURSELVES.
The current order alienates us all from our ourselves, from our labor, from others and from the planet. The struggle for liberation must not only aim to transform society and its institutions; it must aim to transform us as agents of change, empowering us with the opportunity to develop the capacities capitalism has denied us.
STRATEGY, NOT DOGMA, MUST BE OUR GUIDE.
Revolutionary movements must reflect the unique conditions of the nations in which they operate, which means that all effective movements must innovate. While we will employ the tools of analysis that we inherit from Marxism and other radical traditions, we will not dogmatically mimic the efforts or perspectives that guided other social movements. We will develop strategies to inform and strengthen struggles for liberation, keeping our focus on both our vision of a liberatory future and on a sober and ongoing assessment of the existing conditions confronting us.