a short list of principles to be written by the Occupy movements in their Constitutions

October 14th, 2011 by Romeo Anghelache

Brothers and sisters, a move without aim is just noise, so let’s assemble a list of items to be aimed for, a basic Constitution for a country we’d like to live in.

Here’s the list I suggest, most of the items are not new. I’ll leave the arguments for you to discuss.

1. The effective democracy principle: the total personal wealth of each citizen is limited, at any moment in its life, to an amount equal with a lifetime of average wages.

2.The sovereignty principle: the State does not contract debt from other entities other than its own citizens uniformly and only in the form of temporary bumps in taxes to be paid at a later time through correspondingly temporary lowering of taxes.

3.The Unconditional Basic Income principle: every legal resident in a country receives a monthly living stipend to live above the poverty line.

4.The property boundaries principle: the border between the public and private property should be well-defined and should stay under continuous public monitoring.

5. The public services principle: education and health are public, statewide, mandatory services, paid through taxes.

6. The knowledge principle: public research is a public service and belongs to the public domain. Research results should be made permanently and comprehensively accessible to the public at no further costs through a public digital library service.

7. The communication principle: Internet infrastructure is a public service accessible equally to any citizen for communication.

8. The ecological principle: devices consuming non-renewable resources should be tagged as such and be replaced or banned as soon as scientifically possible.

9. The self-administration principle: administrative/political decisions are to be continuously monitored by the public, with a universal voting mechanism in place so that each citizen can react to and/or propose administrative solutions for public problems.

10. The collaboration principle: in any collective activity the concept of hiring is replaced by the concept of collaboration. At the end of a collaboration contract, all the signatories own an unanimously agreed upon share of the results of their collaborative work.

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