THE NEW SOCIALIST GROUP AND HOW TO GET INVOLVED
The New Socialist Group (NSG) is a network of socialists active in community, labour and campus organizing. We promote the politics of socialism from below.
Capitalism is doing incredible harm to people all over the world. It has caused a global human and ecological crisis.
Creating a genuinely democratic, free, ecologically-sustainable society without poverty and war requires the abolition of capitalism. We believe such an alternative—socialism—is possible.
Only the mass struggles of workers can abolish capitalism and begin creating socialism. No government, radical elite or party can deliver liberation from above – it must be won by workers and oppressed people themselves, from below. For this reason the NSG rejects versions of socialism and ways of organizing that are undemocratic and authoritarian.
Building Our Power
Winning reforms within the capitalist system can help improve people’s lives and strengthen our side. But capitalism cannot be abolished or tamed by reforms. To develop both the power to challenge capitalism itself and the understanding that capitalism must be replaced, we need militant and democratic movements fighting to defend past gains and win new ones.
Socialist politics must be renewed for the 21st century. We can learn much from the past, but solutions to many of the challenges facing people who want to change the world today will not be found in any of the radical traditions of the past.
The NSG is a network of affiliated local groups and individual supporters united around common principles. Within this framework, we encourage a diverse range of views within our network, recognizing that diversity can enrich socialist politics. NSG supporters come from different movements and traditions.
We are internationalists who oppose the imperialist domination of the world by a few rich countries, including Canada. The NSG supports movements for national self-determination within Canada and internationally. We support the right of Quebec to independence and indigenous demands for sovereignty.
We are committed to anti-oppression politics. We believe the struggle for socialism cannot be separate from struggles against racism, sexism, heterosexism and other forms of sexual oppression, and the oppression of people with disabilities. This means supporting the liberation movements of all oppressed people and linking the struggles against different kinds of oppression. It also means being aware of our own actions and constantly striving to challenge oppression in the organizing we do. We work in solidarity with people who are organizing independently, fighting for dignity, power and self-determination.
Capitalism and systems of oppression gain much of their power by isolating us from others facing similar issues. In order to make positive change we believe we must work collectively to build organizations on militant and radically democratic terms. We also feel radicals are better able to assess prospects for change when they are involved in struggles.
NSG supporters are involved in different kinds of activism. We try to develop grassroots democracy within movements and develop solidarity between them.