Global Social Democracy

Richard W. Miller

in Globalizing Justice

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199581986
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723247 | DOI:
Global Social Democracy

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If the established institutions of great powers, including the United States, are an enduring source of global injustice, social movements hold special promise as means of progress. The history of the anti‐Vietnam‐War movement and the recent advance of movements against global injustice—mutually reinforcing yet diverse in forms and goals—suggest how movements can affect decisions of global reach by changing the calculus of power. In the current cluster of social movements against global injustice, a certain community of outlook, globalizing the aspirations of social democracy, makes use of the connections between power, responsibility and actual irresponsibility traced in this book. The patterns of distrust and trust that it promotes are its distinctive contribution. In the United States and, perhaps, some other countries, affiliation with global social democracy tends to undermine patriotism. But it provides a better form of solidarity, encouraging a clearer vision of moral reality.

Keywords: social movements; anti‐war movement; Vietnam War; social democracy; global injustice; solidarity; patriotism

Chapter.  10309 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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