Sunday, August 2, 2009

Freedom with equality, balance of forces and the excluded: a leftist agenda

"Once aims are set, policy follows. My socialist premises would include:

1) Politics expresses, condenses and mediates social and economic conflict. Antagonism is the life of politics.

2) A leftwing politics aims to reverse the existing balance of forces. The enemy is not the greedy banker, corrupt politician or careless journalist but a power structure based on exploitation and domination.

3) Today, domination takes the form of tension between the structured social body with its political representation and excluded parts which demand to be included and must change the rules of inclusion to succeed.

4) Socialism aims to bring about freedom with equality. Freedom cannot flourish without equality and equality does not exist without freedom."

Costas Douzinas

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