Progressive Principles

The world is an interconnected system, and thus, whether our own focus is local, national or global, progressives share a set of basic principles that can be used to evaluate proposals for U.S. foreign policy:

Abroad as at home, we prioritize the human rights of individuals and the empowerment of communities – including the right to organize collectively, especially for the most marginalized people everywhere.


The health of the global environment is fundamental to everyone; effective and immediate responses to climate change are a progressive imperative.

Progressive international economic policy empowers the poorest, gives American workers and consumers a fair playing field, and accords human beings higher value than corporations.

Security is not divisible. Americans have the right to personal safety – as do peoples all around the globe. Policies that make others less safe are an unacceptable response to our own insecurity.

People retain the same basic rights and dignity regardless of who they are and whether in their home countries or seeking economic or physical security elsewhere. In every area of public and private-sector relations between the U.S. and the global community, progressives prioritize approaches based on human dignity and diplomacy; investments that reflect our shared stake in the health and well-being of the world’s most marginalized populations and recognition of mutual interests over vilification of others and the use of coercion or force.