Wow! This is a really great document. It really sums up all the various threads of dissenting progressive thought in a succinct and comprehension manner.
I entirely support it in it’s entirety.
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A sound government’s main objective should be to foster and defend a just, safe, and sustainable society in which fairness, curiosity, innovation, and selflessness can flourish.
Those arrested in apparent protest are entitled to have their grievances heard in court so that the necessity and reasonableness of their actions may be determined.
In a just and prosperous society, there is a minimum acceptable standard of living below which no law abiding citizen should fall. That standard must be sufficient to protect children born into such circumstances from being developmentally or psychologically harmed by the experience. The revenue required to provide that failsafe should be drawn from the most prosperous industries and individuals.
Impoverished children must have access to structures that readily allow escape from poverty as adults.
In a just society there can be no birthright to privilege and power. As such, inherited wealth must be capped at a reasonable level, one that broadly distributes the incentive to achieve things of value.
Every child has the right to a high quality education. Familial wealth does not imply a greater right to mental enrichment.
Modern medical technology and knowledge have been produced with overwhelming public investment, and all people are entitled to benefit from them.
Scientific progress is inherently a public good. All people are equally entitled to access the products of public investments in science.
Any order given to violate the constitutional rights of a citizen, or the human rights of a person, is illegitimate and must be refused.
Any order to use potentially damaging force and/or weapons against non-violent people is illegitimate and must be refused.
Mass arrests of unarmed people can result in detentions of no more than 12 hours.
There is no state of unrest that supersedes the three rules above.
All the foreseeable costs of private sector actions must be born by the initiators of those actions. Foreseeable harms (to the planet, society or disinterested individuals) that are the byproduct of profitable activity are, in effect, unjust transfers of wealth that must be mitigated with compensatory transfers of wealth from those that profited, toward the interests of those harmed.
Accountability for all private sector decisions and actions must rest with humans. No inanimate structure can insulate individuals from liability for the externalization of foreseeable harms.
All private fiduciary obligations are subordinate to a person’s public sector duties.
Progressive taxation is the natural remedy for patterns of unproductive wealth concentration.
Markets must be governmentally regulated in the public interest.
When an institution must be publicly bailed out, the individuals involved in producing the failure must not be financially enriched, and must be removed from positions of control. Ill gotten gains must be fully recovered and put toward mitigating the harm of the bailout to the public. In the case that the failure was willfully or negligently caused, punitive damages sufficient to discourage analogous failures should be imposed, and put to the same purpose.
Commercial advertising must exist only in an opt-in context. All people must have the practical ability to avoid commercial advertisement entirely, without losing access to the full array of public goods. Advertising directly to children is unacceptable.
Society functions best when people are protected from unforeseeable misfortune, but otherwise pay the costs, and receive the benefits, of their actions. This societal goal is best served in a very large risk-pool, where managers have no profit-motive to withhold coverage from the unfortunate. As such, insurance should, like policing and fire suppression, be a public function.
All human activities with the potential to substantially affect important, complex biotic and abiotic systems should be presumed harmful until demonstrated to be safe.
Humanity must avoid any substantial alteration of the earth and atmosphere which humanity does not have the technological and economic power to reverse.
No generation has the right to substantially degrade the earth for future generations. To the extent that modern human activity is unsustainable, we have an obligation to transition to sustainable modes, in whatever fashion most rapidly and successfully mitigates total net harm.
The safety, security and wellbeing of citizens can not be made contingent on any unsustainable process such as growth in population, or growth in the economy.
Only creatures can have rights. Inanimate objects and structures can not. In moral and legal terms, humans are the only “people”. Corporations may have privileges granted to them in the public interest. Corporations that habitually produce more public harm than good are not entitled to persist.
There must be an inviolable firewall protecting democratic government from market forces.
All parties and candidates for public office must have an equal platform from which to persuade the public. Wealth must not be proportional to voice.
Lobbying for profit is an offense against democracy.
The gaming and capture of public regulatory structures is inherently hostile to public welfare. Such behavior must be rendered both criminal and unprofitable, lest it become entrenched and elaborated.
Anything that provides legal advantages to wealthier litigants over poorer litigants is an affront to the concept of equal justice under the law.
A government that represents the interests of less than half the governed population can not claim to justly undertake military action.