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The 12 word platform

danps's platform and formal invention, the "9 word platform":

1. Medicare for All

2. End the wars

3. Soak the rich*

To which I add:

4. Justice for all


NOTE * Somebody needs to edit that Wikipedia entry. Note that the phrase is identified with tax policy. But if tax policy is properly used to regulate aggregate demand, as MMT suggests, that might not be the best tool for the job. Notice that I'm not advocating eating the rich; I'm really quite the centrist!

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john.halle's picture
Submitted by john.halle on

Jean Meslier, Testament, ch. 2: «Il souhaitait que tous les grands de la Terre et que tous les nobles fussent pendus et étranglés avec les boyaux des prêtres.»

As it has come to be known: We won't be satisifed until the last king has been strangled with the entrails of the last priest.

So yes, you are indeed a moderate, or would have been in 1789.

Jeff W's picture
Submitted by Jeff W on

Following his death in 1729, Jean Meslier, the priest of the tiny parish of Etrépigny, was found to have written a several-hundred-page long treatise—actually, three meticulous transcriptions of the same treatise—in which he made his stunning declaration of unbelief.

He writes of his guilt and remorse in misleading his congregation:

How I suffered when I had to preach to you those pious lies that I detest in my heart. What remorse your credulity caused me! A thousand times I was on the point of breaking out publicly and opening your eyes, but a fear stronger than myself held me back, and forced me to keep silence until my death.

["Progressives"—take note!]

And he was wholly unconcerned with how authorities treated his corpse: “They can fricassee it and eat it, with whatever sauce they like”

A definitive French edition of Meslier's writing did not exist until 1970. An English translation of the complete work appears to have been first published in 2009.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

Notice that I'm not advocating eating the rich; I'm really quite the centrist!

just so :)

affinis's picture
Submitted by affinis on

Justice for all, I like.
But 1-3 are subsumed within.

I see all red and no green?

Civil liberties?

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Submitted by cwaltz on

Equality for All plank.

Gay marriage and Equal pay need to be addressed.