“Founding Paper of the Democratic Socialist Caucus/Party of Bermuda”

NB – This is the first part of a document I wrote in 2002; I will post it in sections over time.

Preface

This document was written in the last two months of the year 2002 with the intention of clarifying the position of the Bermudian Left and, in doing so, produce a foundation for the Bermudian Left to organise around and work towards a democratic socialist world order. The paper outlines various goals, strategies and tactics for the DS, but should be considered to be primarily a discussion paper designed to ‘get the ball rolling.’ The bulk of the document (i-xii) was written in Toronto, Canada, the remaining portion produced in Bermuda. Within the document the Democratic Socialist Caucus/Party is referred to as the DS [Democratic Socialists].

Chapters

i) Introdutcion to the Current Situation

ii) The DS in Relation to Other Political Parties

iii) Parliamentary & Extra-Parliamentary Activities

iv) Against Stalinism

v) Race & Class in Bermuda

vi) On Sexual Equality

vii) On Accountability

viii) Bottom-Up Democracy & Proportional Representation

ix) Demilitarisation & The Bermuda Defence Forces

x) Education

xi) Nationalisation & Internationalism

xii) Self-Reliance & Sustainable Development

xiii) ‘Deep Ecology’

xiv) Independent Public Media & Political Campaigns

xv) Healthcare

xvi) Secularisation

xvii) Drugs & Crime

xviii) Blurring the Blue/White Collar Dichotomy

xix) ‘Luxuries’ & ‘Haute Couture’

xx) Transitional Tactics & Strategy (Minimalist & Maximalist Programmes)

xxi) Democratic Socialist Bermuda – Utopian or Scientific?

xxii) Appendix – Explanation of Various Terminology – Essay on Conscious or Unconscious Actions (Do Bosses Actively Oppress the Workers?) – Connectionist Theory – Esperanto

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