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The Radical Humanist Program

“Fascism today, under varying euphemistic concealment, stands as the consolidation of all the barriers to social progress. Its psychological foundations are fear, unreason, groove-habit and surrender to group homogeneity, which are all expressions of the moral and intellectual inertia of the common man. Its political expression is the totalitarian state in which all power is concentrated in the hands of a few representatives of the social vested interests, and in which all possibility of individual freedom is purposively eliminated. Its economy is that of monopoly production or sheer destruction, and delimitation of consumption through control of wages – in short, an economy of contraction. In it technology is employed to the purpose of war and mass – conditioning. All creative endeavour is under ban.
The method and program of social revolution today must be based on a reassertion of the basic principles of social progress. The method falls into two parts. The first is that of social renaissance, which can only come through determined and widespread endeavour to educate the people in the principles of freedom and rational co-operative living. Large-scale creative propaganda to counteract the goose step method of the fascists is thus of supreme importance. Simultaneously with it, there is the necessity of organizing the people into effective democratic bodies, on the one hand to resist the institutional units of Fascism at every step and, on the other, to build up the socio-political foundation of the post – revolutionary order. Social revolution today requires, in rapidly increasing number, men of the new Renaissance and a rapidly expanding system of people’s committees, and an organic co-ordination of both. The process of automatic structural groupings (e.g. the formation of class bodies) shall have to be integrated in the democratic institution of the people’s committees.
The program of revolution (which means the draft plan of the new society) shall have similarly to be based on the principles of freedom, reason and social harmony. Negatively, this will mean elimination of every form of monopoly and vested interest in the regulation of social life. The new economy will be based on production for use and distribution with reference to human, and not merely effective, demand. Its political organization will be based on the direct participation of the entire adult population in the running of institutional life, and not on mere delegation of power. Its surplus will be canalized to consumption through free universal utility services. Its culture will be based on universal irradiation of knowledge, and on minimum control and maximum scope and incentive to scientific and creative activity. The new society, being based on reason and science, will necessarily be planned. But it will be planning with the freedom of the individual as its main purpose. The new society will be democratic, politically, economically, as well as culturally. Consequently, it will be democracy that can defend itself.”

Sibnarayan Ray

pp. 63 – 64, essay:“Radicalism as a Philosophy of Revolution in our Times”
Book: Ripeness is All- Reflections of A Radical Humanist
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Comments on: "The Radical Humanist Program" (2)

  1. Thank you for an excellent dissertation on the principles of fascism. Although, to my way of thinking fascism is an incremental step on the path to totalitarianism. Are you familiar with L. Britt’s Fourteen Points of Fascism? Based on those points, it is safe to say we are there. You made excellent points, but neglected to mention the common foe of freethinkers and the principles of democracy everywhere: organized religion. According to my favorite definition, fascism requires a coalition of the state, the corporation, and religion. This is where we are today, at least here in the USA.
    Personally, as a peaceful anarchist I am dismayed by the inevitable power structure, generally dominated by men, which arise to solve problems but degenerate into disagreements based on individual nuance and the struggle for control which I believe is how we have arrived at this state of authoritarianism.. Our problems stem from lack of conscious evolution and I am not sure that we can subjectively solve the problem of our subjectivity. Thank you

    • Thank you for the informative comment. I was not aware of the Free Inquiry magazine article ‘ Fascism Anyone?’ by Laurence W. Britt. I would like to recommend this article to those who have not read it. Your suggestion is all the more significant since the article is a response to the valuable humanist manifesto: “Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles”. Its relevance to the American Society is beyond doubt. We Indians are fast moving towards such a state of affairs, I am afraid. The immediate cause of this post is the referendum in Egypt. We do not know how many Egyptian rationalists, democrats and humanists are aware of the actual situation they are going to be thrown in to. Vain hopes and senseless exposure may not help Atheistic cause. Political and social philosophies which reject ‘individualism’ also may not help. Your point regarding the role of religion is perfectly valid. ‘Religiosity’ is not confined to religions alone. Religion is one of the forms of collectivities that annihilate freedom of the individual for the subservience of an imagined collective ego.

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