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Monday, October 12, 2009

Movement for a Democratic Mixed Economy


What is the Movement for a Democratic Mixed Economy?


What is the Movement for a Democratic Mixed Economy?We’re a network of progressives in dialogue with each other – working to contest the dominant economic paradigm – and to promote an alternative which is democratic; involving mixed forms of ownership. We believe there is a substantial role for the public sector.
We accommodate many positions ranging from the restoration of a “traditional social democratic” model of the ‘mixed economy’ (inspired by the ‘Keynesian Golden Age’) – to more radical positions envisaging extensive public and democratic ownership and control.
We also believe strongly in promoting democratic forms of non-state ownership – co-operativist, mutualist, collective capital formation, participatory economic (PARECON) models...
We believe there is a place for co-operation and competition: planning and markets. And we support discussion of other economic issues of interest to progressives. (eg: principles of post-materialism)
We aim to provide a forum for both radical and more mainstream positions – with a shared objective of challenging the ‘common sense’ of neo-liberalism.
We endeavour to establish the ‘democratic mixed economy’ as ‘common sense’ – and to refashion and contest the relative political and economic ‘centre’.
And though our positions are many and varied – we endeavour to support each other – that all our voices are heard in an inclusive and rational exchange of views.
Again: we support both radical and relatively moderate interpretation of the ‘democratic mixed economy’.
We do not, however, include perspectives which are authoritarian: which deny our liberal human rights.
We seek to include socialists, social democrats, liberals, Greens and libertarian leftists – co-operating and in dialogue with each other.Finally: We are seriously in the business of promoting social change.
To begin we need to build our Facebook Group as an extensive network. But once we are in dialogue with each other – hopefully we will provide a real forum for members to organise and co-operate in pursuit of real social change.
If you are sympathetic with these principles and objectives PLEASE JOIN.
Tristan Vaughan Ewins (Movement for a Democratic Mixed Economy Moderator)

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