I propose that Social Democrats vote at this Convention endorse the “People’s Platform” and become a member of the organizations petitioning the Democratic National Committee to support the eight proposed Congressional Bills that make up the “People’s Platform.” While the target date for delivering the Petition to the DNC on July 25 th has passed, the coalition supporting the platform is also working throughout this summer contacting House Democrats to support this platform. Social Democrats USA will join them in this important effort.
If surpluses are used in charity, or in cooperatives for human purposes such as home-building for the less affluent, life necessarily becomes simpler and the ideal of voluntary poverty cannot be far behind. The Christian doctrine of property becomes a reality, namely the retaining of a sufficiency of goods for an adequate life and the sharing of the remainder with the needy. In point of fact, millions of Christians, working for wages, actually live out this teaching on property. How else do we explain the world-wide network of the works of mercy supported by the small gifts of the many, Though there are Catholic millionaires, the masses of Catholics are rather the victims than the beneficiaries of corporations as they roam about the world seeking profits.