A platform for ending business as usual (v 0.1)
* Take profit out of health care and retirement (HR 676; no Social Security privatization)
* Restore Constitutional government [habeas corpus, rule of law]
* Pass the Equal Rights Amendment
* Truth and reconciliation commission for all government (D and R) crimes in the Bush era
* Cut spending on U.S. bases abroad by half in 4 years; fund no new weapons sytems for 8 years
* Transition assistance to greener economy for heating, air conditioning, and transportation
* Internet freedom (net neutrality; equal broadband everywhere; Internet as a public utility where desired with free access)
* Publish short list of SCOTUS candidates in advance of nomination
* Criminalize bubbles in the economy.*
* Abolish the doctrine of corporate personhood.**
* Paper ballot elections, counted with witnesses physically present.
* Reinstate freedom of the press (fairness doctrine; media right-sizing)
This is all pretty much commonsense, stuff, eh?
Readers? Additions? There are still too many points, and each point is still too verbose. Maybe if I can get enough good feedback then we can talk about this on Thursday (while I get the new platform up).
For example, there's nothing about food or agriculture in there. And as Susie remarks, stuff further down on Maslow's hierarchy of needs is more more powerful than stuff further up: Food and shelter trump self-actualization.*** And everything ought to be integrated into Socolow's stabilization wedges. Ditto racism, obviously. So make a suggestion!****
NOTE * When you think about it, the bubbles are always going to burst, because you can't model the market. And the people who net out ahead, often way ahead, are the ones who get out in time, and if I understand the black swans argument correctly, that's random. Meanwhile, the rest of the country gets fucked, as it was in the tech bubble (2000) and this bubble (2008). And the next bubble -- and I know that, given the focus of the D convention, this will really, really surprise you -- is going to be green.
So what we have is bubbles that reward an undeserving few with vast riches, and plunder the rest of the country. That doesn't look like financial engineering to me at all. It looks like a criminal conspiracy.
NOTE ** It's ridiculous that AT&T has "free speech." Any legal system that can come out with a conclusion like that has an awful lot of bad precedents in it.
NOTE *** This is yet another reason the Palin haka is so fucking stupid. It's all about self-actualization for "progressive" [cough] bloggers (Salon! Parties! Yay!) It's got nothing to do with "issues" which, let us recall, Bill Clinton ran and won on.
NOTE **** A little more concrete than end racism. Perhaps reparations ought to go in. After all, there's a difference between "realistic" or reasoned (yay!) and the conventional wisdom, even our own, on what is "politically feasible (boo!).