The 12 Principles of EPIC (End Poverty in California)


  1. God created the natural wealth of the earth for the use of all men, not of a few.
  2. God created men to seek their own welfare, not that of masters.
  3. Private ownership of tools, a basis for freedom when tools are simple, becomes a basis of enslavement when tools are complex.
  4. Autocracy in industry cannot exist alongside democracy in government.
  5. When some men live without working, other men are working without living.
  6. The existence of luxury in the presence of poverty and destitution is contrary to good morals and sound public policy.
  7. The present depression is one of abundance, not scarcity.
  8. The cause of the trouble is that a small class has the wealth, while the rest have the debts.
  9. It is contrary to common sense that men should starve because they raised too much food.
  10. The destruction of food or other wealth, or the limitation of production, is economic insanity.
  11. The remedy is to give the workers access to the means of production, and let them produce for themselves, not for others.
  12. This change can be brought about by action of a majority of the people, and that is the American way.

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