For SF democracy, freedom, social justice and sustainability are essential principles for the development of a good society. The following 4 core issues are the essence of SF’s policy.
Social justice – Democratization of economy and power:
In the 21st century the top agenda issue is economic democracy and a democratization of other power structures in society. SF will destroy obsolete structures and replace them with freedom and democracy. The individual should experience the benefit and challenge of autonomy considering his or her own life. Modern man demands influence. SF believes that real influence will trigger the demand for more influence.
Renewal of the welfare society with citizenship, freedom, equality and solidarity being the clues
Fundamentally all people are equal therefore they must be given the freedom and the possibility of organizing their lives as they wish. However, there is also limitation and prerequisite to freedom, namely community.
The community is responsible for individuals or groups which for a shorter or longer period of time have unreasonably hard conditions of life and need help and support to recover. The community is also responsible for creating the welfare framework and institutions that are vital to the cohesiveness of society. Radical change is necessary to secure the balance between the individual and the community. We insist on: Better securing of individual freedom, consistent solidarity with the weakest in society and the establishment of binding communities.
Ecological sustainability as a foundation for social and economic development
SF regards the global environmental situation to be extremely serious. Capitalism is based on an unrestrained economic growth which has created the basis for welfare improvements for many countries in the rich part of the world, but has also seriously upset the balance between man and nature, and created a global environmental crisis.
The global environmental crisis cannot be seen detached from global poverty. Environmental problems - not least the depletion of the land – make opportunities for economic growth in the developing countries very difficult. Moreover, it would aggravate environmental problems if developing countries do not build economic growth on a socially responsible and sustainable basis .
The correlation between global environmental problems and global inequality leads to a radical demand for organic conversion and a new growth model in the rich countries and it requires a responsible global effort to benefit the environment.
Global responsibility and a new security policy:
Although national states remain the main forum of democracy and politics, the ambition of sustainability, equality and social justice does not stop at the borders. SF will fight for democracy and human rights and opposes any form of oppression across the globe. Instead of military solutions emphasis should be on conflict prevention, economic development, political democracy and the struggle for human rights. Therefore, a strong and democratic international cooperation is a strategic goal for SF.