As the work to develop widescale discussion amongst the people over their aims and agenda for society intensifies, more and more people are asking: "What should we do? How can we participate in changing the political and social system so as to empower the people and guarantee their rights?"
The answer is quite straightforward: join in the work. In other words, if you agree that there is a need for the working class and people to clarify and fight for their own aims and agenda, then initiate this discussion with your co-workers, friends, neighbors, etc.
This is a decisive political task. As the monopoly capitalist class and its two big political parties continue their offensive against the rights of the people, there is a profound and growing polarization. But the working class and people still remain on the political sidelines. Turning the discontent of the people into a conscious and organized force and getting off the sidelines means giving direction and program to the people's movement; it means that the people must come into the political life of the country with a program that addresses the problems confronting society and opens the path for progress. Discussing the aims and agenda of the working class and people is the decisive step in organizing such a new, independent political movement.
The second thing is that in order to sustain and consolidate this independent political movement, we must equip ourselves with consciousness and organization.
Clarifying the aims and agenda of the working class and people means looking into the contemporary level of development of our society as well as into the historical projects taken up by the American people. It means looking into what is blocking the realization of the aspirations and aims of the people and what social and political conditions must be created in order to achieve these aims. It means looking into how various political and social forces are operating at the present time, either to advance or retard the interests of the people.
In order to take up these questions, the Workers Party has published a Draft Program for the Working Class. The Draft Program sets the short-term objectives of guarantying all the economic and other inviolable rights of the people, of carrying out the democratic renewal of the political system and political process, and of implementing a democratic foreign policy. The Draft Program sets the long-term objective of creating a socialist society. Studying the Draft Program in all its depth and breadth is a vital task in equipping ourselves with the consciousness necessary to sustain and develop our independent political movement.
All this work must be carried out in an organized way. In other words, there is a need for everyone who is taking up this work to get together and work together. Through organization we deepen and broaden our analysis and release our initiative. Through organization we are able to develop our independent politics in a systematic and thorough-going way, influencing events and people in a more and more profound manner. Through organization we can more accurately gauge the stage of development of the independent political movement and advance the work in a step-by-step manner.
In addition to holding regular consultations amongst themselves, activists in the work have already taken the initiative to organize groups to discuss and distribute The Worker. These groups are a decisive means for equipping ourselves with consciousness and organization and key levers for creating the new, independent political space.
To sum up. What can be done to help change the political and social system so as to empower the people and guarantee their rights? — 1) Join in the work of initiating widescale discussion amongst the people over their aims and agenda for society and of popularizing the Draft Program for the Working Class. 2) Join and help build groups that discuss the Draft Program and read, distribute and write for The Worker.