Constructive Program

In The Gandhian Iceberg, by Chris Moore-Backman, the constructive program refers to beginning to build the new social order, even as the old one exists.

The Constructive Program is the part of the Gandhian iceberg that is above water, and is built upon the “self-purification” part, which is invisible, being underwater.

“There appears to be a high degree of consensus among nonviolence-oriented folks that our new house is being built with materials such as those which follow.”

  • Undoing oppressions (Mass incarceration, mass deportation, human trafficking, homelessness, hate crimes, etc.) and unlearning the root cause “isms” behind those oppressions (racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, ableism, ageism, religious intolerance, etc.)
  • Developing restorative alternatives to unjust systems (education, media, health care, food, immigration, justice, electoral, etc.)
  • Permaculture/healthy local food/food sovereignty
  • Community-based alternative energy and energy independence, including alternative transportation
  • Gift economics, economic equality, de-jobbing, freedom from landlordism, universal access to basic human needs and services
  • Demilitarization, waging peace domestically and internationally
  • Honoring, protecting, and connecting with the natural world
  • Honoring and cultivating the spiritual dimension
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