Monday, September 6, 2010

I could support this platform...

  1. Universal, equal, and direct suffrage with secret ballot in all elections, for all citizens of the Reich over the age of twenty, without distinction of sex. Proportional representation, and, until this is introduced, legal redistribution of electoral districts after every census. Two-year legislative periods. Holding of elections on a legal holiday. Compensation for elected representatives. Suspension of every restriction on political rights, except in the case of legal incapacity.
  2. Direct legislation by the people through the rights of proposal and rejection. Self-determination and self-government of the people in Reich, state, province, and municipality. Election by the people of magistrates, who are answerable and liable to them. Annual voting of taxes.
  3. Education of all to bear arms. Militia in the place of the standing army. Determination by the popular assembly on questions of war and peace. Settlement of all international disputes by arbitration.
  4. Abolition of all laws that place women at a disadvantage compared with men in matters of public or private law.
  5. Abolition of all laws that limit or suppress the free expression of opinion and restrict or suppress the right of association and assembly. Declaration that religion is a private matter. Abolition of all expenditures from public funds for ecclesiastical and religious purposes. Ecclesiastical and religious communities are to be regarded as private associations that regulate their affairs entirely autonomously.
  6. Secularization of schools. Compulsory attendance at the public Volksschule [extended elementary school]. Free education, free educational materials, and free meals in the public Volksschulen, as well as at higher educational institutions for those boys and girls considered qualified for further education by virtue of their abilities.
  7. Free administration of justice and free legal assistance. Administration of the law by judges elected by the people. Appeal in criminal cases. Compensation for individuals unjustly accused, imprisoned, or sentenced. Abolition of capital punishment.
  8. Free medical care, including midwifery and medicines. Free burial.
  9. Graduated income and property tax for defraying all public expenditures, to the extent that they are to be paid for by taxation. Inheritance tax, graduated according to the size of the inheritance and the degree of kinship. Abolition of all indirect taxes, customs, and other economic measures that sacrifice the interests of the community to those of a privileged few.

(Yes, its the demands put forward by the German Social Democrats in their 1891 Erfurt Program. Ah, smell the progress!)


Tom Frome said...

What about this one:

# Universal suffrage polled on a regional basis, with proportional representation and voting and electoral office eligibility for women;
# Proportional representation on a regional basis;
# Voting for women;
# Representation at government level of newly created National Councils by economic sector;
# The abolition of the Senate;
# The formation of a National Council of experts for labor, for industry, for transportation, for the public health, for communications, etc. Selections to be made of professionals or of tradesmen with legislative powers, and elected directly to a General Commission with ministerial powers.
# The quick enactment of a law of the State that sanctions an eight-hour workday for all workers;
# A minimum wage;
# The participation of workers' representatives in the functions of industry commissions;
# To show the same confidence in the labor unions (that prove to be technically and morally worthy) as is given to industry executives or public servants;
# Reorganisation of the railways and the transport sector;
# Revision of the draft law on invalidity insurance;
# Reduction of the retirement age from 65 to 55.
# Creation of a short-service national militia with specifically defensive responsibilities;
# Armaments factories are to be nationalised;
# A peaceful but competitive foreign policy.
# A strong progressive tax on capital (envisaging a “partial expropriation” of concentrated wealth);
# The seizure of all the possessions of the religious congregations and the abolition of all the bishoprics, which constitute an enormous liability on the Nation and on the privileges of the poor;
# Revision of all contracts for military provisions;
# The revision of all military contracts and the seizure of 85 percent of the profits therein.

Will Roberts said...

Whence? Has an American ring (Senate), but a Catholic/Anglican feel (bishoprics?).

Victoria said...

Why "over the age of 20" instead of the modern 18? Was this arbitrary, or did someone have a reason for coming up with this figure?