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Socialism

Definition

Hashomer Hatzair socialism rests on the belief that humans are free, creative beings who deserve to live in a society that empowers them to develop themselves to their fullest potential. We take as central values social, economic, and political equality and justice.

We believe capitalism and other oppressive forces create fundamentally unequal, exploitative, and alienating modes of production that themselves create poverty, war, ignorance, ecological destruction, lack of freedom, and prevent people from realizing their full potentials. We see socialism as not only an alternative to this type of society, but an entirely new and revolutionary one that can stand on its own.

We envision a world of small, cooperative communities made up of individuals and groups who practice intentional, free, egalitarian, and intimate relationships. We believe that these communities must have a balance between the individual and the collective – that the collective is actually a force that will free the individual.

We believe in a society where the people as a whole possess the ability to control their lives, work freely and creatively, and to participate in an equal and democratic society. We see socialism as a tool and way of life that allows people to live truly human lives.

 

Educational Practice

Hashomer Hatzair educates towards unselfishness and being responsible, critical and active social beings. We teach Chanichim to live according to the values of humanistic socialism, both within the movement and outside of it, furthering the equitable treatment of people.

We require of ourselves to be critical of society, not fearing to be against the mainstream and therefore standing behind these opinions.

We must be socially responsible in all facets. In order to achieve this we put an emphasis on education about other cultures, the role of consumption and over-consumption, as well as the functioning of global and national politics.

To these ends, we use tools such as political community action (Avoda Kehilatit), education through experience, group work, symbols (such as Chulzah and Kuppah), organization into Kvutzot and the treatment of the Chanichim.