Monday, December 30, 2019

“At the Heart of Democratic Socialism Is the Ethic of Solidarity” — Nikil Saval


The foundation of the 18th century liberalism that spread globally as "Western values" and "freedom and democracy" is the motto of the French Revolution, Liberté, égalité, fraternité. It translates as "liberty, equality and fraternity." 

"Liberty" means personal freedom based on the "natural rights of man." "Equality" means equal rights and equality before the law (equal justice). "Fraternity" means the "brotherhood of man." It is expressed as community and "solidarity." 

"Solidarity" has not been a key term in the US and UK, which emphasize personal liberty. However, it is a key concept in Europe, which manifested as social democracy, which the US and UK opposed as "socialism." 

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“At the Heart of Democratic Socialism Is the Ethic of Solidarity”
Nikil Saval, union campaigner, leftist magazine editor, and a democratic socialist who is running for Pennsylvania State House

1 comment:

Bob said...

History is quite clear about what the Jacobins were about.