One gains a real uplift in working toward the adoption of a National Cooperative Commonwealth by reading “declarations of Independence” that were written by Labor Groups, Farmers, Woman’s Rights Advocates, Socialists, and Blacks during the period 1829-1975. These declarations are found in a book called “We, the Other People” by Philip S. Foner and published by the University of Illinois Press in 1976.
On July, 1879 at a celebration by Chicago labor a series of resolutions were adopted in favor of the eight-hour day. They were viewed “as a vital first step in achieving a fundamental redistribution of wealth that would eventually result in the decline of capitalism and the inauguration of a cooperative commonwealth. With realization of this new society, the promises of the original Declaration of Independence would be fulfilled.
Another interesting reference is found in a “Declaration of Independence” which was published on July 4, 1895 by David De Leon, leader of the Socialist Labor Party. After citing similar opening phrases of the original Declaration of Independence, and then a list of grievances, the new declaration promised to “complete the original manifesto through the establishment of the Cooperative Commonwealth. With the triumph f the toilers over their combined despoilers will end class privilege and class rule. Thus would the “American Revolution be completed!”
Our efforts and goals would seem to be in line with those groups that came before us and that endeavored to make this a just and peaceful society. It is somewhat troubling and frustrating to realize how a nation so bountifully blessed with resources, and so amply sprinkled with men and women of wisdom, and so populated with a whole people equal to every challenge of toil and adventure, could ultimately become the hapless victims of the present.
What forces could have thwarted the visions of those who saw in the progressive improvements of tools and knowledge the betterment of peoples? What economic arrangements would make the people politically incapable to eradicate injustice from their midst and to shape their own destiny?
Answers to these questions is the purpose of this Website. When they are understood it will be self evident what proposals and actions can and must be made. The will to make them, and the decision to make them, rests with the sovereign people!