There is a lot of curiosity about my political beliefs for some reason, so here’s where I’d come down on a number of issues if I was in charge. If you want to know my thoughts on other matters feel free to post your questions in the comments section below.
Abortion: I do not believe that a pregnancy should be terminated unless the mother’s life is in danger or there are diseases or defects that will severely compromise the quality of life of the fetus. However I do not believe that it is the government’s place to restrict access to abortion. This inevitably makes the situation worse and more dangerous; it also violates the bodily autonomy of women. Instead of focusing on the ballot box and courts, I would direct efforts and resources towards decreasing the need for abortions. This means better sex ed, access to contraception, counseling and support not only during pregnancy but through childhood (including increased funding for healthcare, welfare, housing, childcare, education, etc.) streamlining adoption, and similar initiatives on both a private and governmental level. If life is truly precious then we as a society need to act accordingly.
Citizenship: No distinction should be made based on ethnicity, gender or country of origin. Instead I would divide the population into two classes – metics (or resident aliens) and citizens. Metics do not enjoy the benefits of citizenship, nor the responsibilities. Citizenship is only granted after a period of two years’ service to the State. This could be in military, medical, engineering, education, agriculture, public works and infrastructure, as well as similar fields. In return the citizen will receive voting rights, access to free education and healthcare, etc. Although I would encourage social stigma towards metics, under the law they will be treated equally with citizens. Citizenship must be renewed every ten years, with another two year period of service.
Drugs: By all metrics prohibition has not only proven ineffective, it has created untold problems which disproportionately affect minority and impoverished communities. I would legalize everything, tax and regulate the industry, and redirect funds towards education, rehabilitation, and facilities where addicts can get safe and clean fixes.
Economy: I would like to see a mixed model. While capitalism and private enterprise will be encouraged, a number of industries and resources will be nationalized, and much will be handled through public service programs. Even when there is a government option private alternatives will be available to ensure healthy competition.
Education: Provided free to all citizens. After basic education (which not only covers literacy, history and the humanities, STEM, essential life skills, etc. but is also designed to inculcate civic virtues) students will be tested to determine their aptitudes and then enrolled in trade schools which will also help with job placement upon graduation, should they so desire. Higher education will be cheaply available, but if debt is incurred they will have the option of enrolling in a public service program to pay it off.
Environment: There is no nation without its land and resources. Conservation, responsible management, the development of clean and renewable energy sources, etc. will all be strongly encouraged, with various public service programs directed towards that end. Violators will be severely punished as traitors to the State.
Guns: All citizens should be encouraged to carry, provided they’ve gone through thorough training and background checks. I do not believe that the government can be trusted with a monopoly on violence, especially since attempts to restrict access to firearms always target vulnerable, marginalized and minority communities. The epidemic of mass shootings we’ve experienced since the 1990s is the result of complex societal issues that need to be addressed and will not stop until they are. Besides, criminals by definition do not obey the law so how is a gun grab going to help?
Healthcare: Provided free to all citizens. Metics should have access to cheap and quality medical care; if they incur debt as a consequence and cannot pay, they may enroll in a public service program where they can work it off.
Marriage: I believe that the foundation of society is the family, but that it is not the government’s job to determine the makeup of individual family units. Furthermore it should not be in the business of sanctioning marriage, which is a religious institution and therefore should be left to individual religions to determine its nature and legitimacy. If same-sex couples, multiple partners, platonic friends or whatever wish to have their unions formalized that’s between them and their clergy. Likewise if religious institutions do not wish to recognize the legitimacy of such unions they should not be forced to. Matters of inheritance, medical advocacy, benefits, etc. should be disentangled from marriage and people permitted to come up with their own personal arrangements.
Military: I am largely anti-interventionist and so would reduce the armed forces to just what is needed to protect our borders, scrapping the majority of our overseas bases. (While increasing funding for espionage, black ops, cyberterrorism, etc.)
Prisons: I would abolish for-profit prisons and mandatory minimum sentences, especially for non-violent offences. (Many of which would be decriminalized anyway.) I would place greater emphasis on reforming the character of criminals rather than simply punishing them. While incarcerated they would undergo therapy, education and for those who are eligible work-training, the latter under an apprenticeship program that would help them find employment upon release. Other programs would be in place to help them successfully reintegrate into society. Those with life sentences may volunteer to be the subjects of scientific experiments or dangerous and undesirable labor; if they happen to survive they may be eligible for parole.
Prostitution: Essentially the same as my drug policy, however I would require the prostitutes be licensed and undergo regular medical check-ups, whether they work out of a state-run brothel or are private entrepreneurs. In the brothels they would receive the same benefits as other government employees.
Religion: Although officially Polytheist with State-run temples and priesthoods, the population will enjoy the freedom to practice whatever religion they please, or none at all. However tax exemption will be given only to those religious institutions who help conduct the festivals and rites of the Gods of the State. We possess a very open pantheon; the requirements are to bless and protect the people and land of the State, and to do the opposite towards our enemies.
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This is a platform I for the most part can get behind
The paragraph on Citizenship sounds like what is in “StarshipTroopers” by Robert Heinlein.
He’s actually milder than I am on that point. I think two years mandatory military service (or in cases of disability or age: civil) should be required with regular updates several weeks/year. I would see the entire population a standing reserve army. (Keep in mind, my adopted mom was Swiss so I’m strongly influenced on this point by their military service and reserve structure).
for the most part, I hold similar political views as what Sannion has articulated here. I differ and quibble with him on small points (i think all education should be free, for instance and i’m very, very pro choice to the point of mandating abortion in certain circumstances — like when a 9 year old turns up pregnant from rape) but for the most part we agree on the essentials.
Something I find quite fascinating is that his politics in many regards are more progressive than most Democrats. And in other regards, they sound just about the same (though I’m not up to date on my politics so anyone with expertise in the field is more than welcome to correct me on this).
Ultimately, it just makes me wonder: where does everyone get this idea that he’s a Nazi from? Clearly from slander and libel from enemies. But this boggles my mind. Why waste their time trying to make him look bad? Why do others perpetuate this misconception? This is deeply troubling for many reasons
Steal from the best!
(Though in truth Heinlein based some of his political philosophy on the ancient Greeks.)
Did you upset someone? Or is this a matter of people trying supplant you by claiming you are impure. In other words, they want to be the movers and shakers of the Polytheist movement. To do that, they have tear down the work of others since they seem to have nothing of their own.
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So, you don’t specify in the section on citizenship whether natural born citizens have to complete this service or whether just immigrants have to. Would children have to complete it from the age of 10 onward? What about when people reach old age and can no longer serve? Would they be relegated to substandard cheap health care when they can no longer work to support themselves?
Having talked to Sannion about this, I’ll take a stab at answering and he can correct me if I’m wrong. mandatory service would most definitely apply to natural born citizens. They would not automatically receive the privileges of citizenship until they had fulfilled its obligations. Upon becoming too old to serve, well, they’ve already done their duty for their people and tribe. That doesn’t get taken away. In fact, once you’ve served your people in such a way, you are entitled to far more than we give our veterans now. Then, it’s time for your people to take care of you. As to the age that military training starts, well, sannion and I disagree on that point so I’ll leave that for him to answer.
Galina did a good job of answering most of these, but I wanted to add a few things.
I stated that citizenship is not determined by country of origin. As such “natural born citizen” is a concept that is foreign to this system. Everyone is a metic until they’ve completed their service to the State, regardless of whether they are born inside or outside our borders.
And remember, service is so broadly defined that there are plenty of things folks can do to qualify well into their twilight years. They can serve in a temple, they can help educate the young, they can be involved in an arts program or pick up trash in the parks, they can help run a brothel, etc. I think part of why old age is so problematic in contemporary America is because after a certain point we determine that they stop having value and lock them away. But these are the holders of wisdom, experience, tradition, etc. They would be valued in this society. Hell, even if they are too old and feeble to remain active I would encourage the young to spend time with and caring for them as part of their service. Nor does that take into account private hospitals (which don’t need to be inferior just because they aren’t State-run; we encourage cooperation and competition) not to mention charities, etc. Furthermore, there is also the fact that this is a polytheist society, meaning we don’t need to be hampered by Christian notions of morality. If life is burdensome to them there is always the option of euthanasia to be administered safely, humanely, and with medical professionals and family and friends in attendance. Or alternately they could volunteer to be offered up as human sacrifices to the Gods. Or volunteer for medical and scientific experiments, etc. Nor would I restrict this option only to the senile. Just as life would be regarded as sacred in this society, so would its end and any choices made regarding it.
No one has to participate in citizenship public service. That’s the whole point of having a metic class. That said, I’d begin much younger than 10. The values of this society would be absorbed with mother’s milk, and nurtured and reinforced every step of the way through life.
And that’s not to mention the benefits packages offered by government and private employers, which could specifically focus on old age care.
Plus strong families would be encouraged in this society. Everyone would have a sense of the responsibilities inherent in their relationships. So we wouldn’t just throw people away.
ugh. i really dislike heinlein. he’s part of that generation that had zero sexual morality or ethics. However, even a broken clock is right twice a day and “STarship Troopers” is fucking awesome.
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