X-point structural thingummies [PRE-DRAFT]
[Stickying this because the concrete material benefits in the 12 Planks are comparatively easy. But what kind of political world do we need to build, how do we "do politics," to make those benefits concrete? The 12 Steps get all the glory, but the 12 Traditions are just as important, because they structure the group dynamics that enable group members to take the steps. In the same way, the policies in the planks "have to be paid for," but the sterile tax debate of the political class gets in the way; since MMT teaches (correctly) that taxes don't fund spending (though there are plenty of other reasons to soak the rich, besides fun, I mean) MMT is an importent, er, thingummy. So this part of the 12-Plank architecture needs a lot of help from Correntians, many of whom have thought deeply about these issues, and especiallly governance issues. --lambert]
In draft 2 of the 12-plank platform* I wrote:
I'm also conceiving of the 12-Plank Platform -- it's nearly done, right? -- as one leg of a triad, again modeled on AA's 12 Steps, 12 Traditions, and 12 Concepts of Service.** The Platform focuses on policy, but it doesn't cover implementation at all; we need a place for voting systems, MMT to nuke the Austerians, and stuff like land taxes (if that's a good idea), so we'll need the 12 Implementation Thingummies. We also have nothing on values whatever; we need a place for "No more strategic hate management" and "No more bullshit, yes, seriously, we don't have any more time for nonsense!" and "What about the commons?" And so the third leg of the triad would be 12 Things To Help Us Avoid Breaking Bad.
So here we have "X-point structural thingummies," and obviously I'm pleading for little help on the headline, with "thingummies." Also, exactly as I moved "Net Neutrality" here, because it cuts across our ability to get any policy passed, maybe "10. More co-operatives, fewer corporations" should move here, to be replaced with some other policy plank offering more obvious concrete material benefits. Here's what I've been able to come up with, in buckets.
- Net neutrality
- Fairness doctrine
- Informational hygiene
Public campaign financing
- Paper ballots counted in public
- Intentional process
- Equality before all governance processes
- Strategic non-violence
- Principles not personalities
- compromise on which plank don't compromise on any plank
And point by point:
Net neutrality. Because otherwise we'll have no media presence.
Fairness doctrine. No more FOX (or MSObama) but more importantly, strategic hate management becomes harder.
Informational hygiene. "Don't make shit up." But also the enlightenment values of evidence and reasoning, open and fair debate, widest possible distribution of all collateral, support for independent streamers.
Paper ballots counted in public. The gold standard. E-voting has to die, see Bradblog.
Intentional process. Wrong wording, but the idea is from the Corrente Meetup in NY just past. If you want to do the GA, be intentional and open about it, and stick to it. If you want to do Roberts Rules, do that. But whatever you do, have a process.
Equality before all governance processes. Also wrong wording. I have in mind the stack in the GAs that was designed to prevent articulate (and often white) guys from dominating all the discussions (as they have been trained to do). More radically, I have in mind the way symphony orchestras audition candidates behind a screen, to filter the class and cultural markers out of the performance.
MMT. Which, besides getting us out to the Austerian ZOMG!!!! Teh Debt!!!!! trap, and allowing us to fund the 12-point platform, has the great merit of being true.
Strategic non-violence. For obvious reasons, and the less obvious reason of not optimizing for the creation of a new boss, see the Bolsheviks among others.
Principles not personalities. What matters is whether people support the platform. Period. Forget about all the horse race crapola, like electability. Support people who support the platform, regardless of party.
Compromise on which plank don't compromise on any plank. Meaning, don't allow the Democrats to water something down and claim victory. It's better simply to say "You don't support X, so you don't get my vote," than to say "You support 50% of X, so you get my vote." Because maybe there is a plank they can wholeheartedly support, so go for that. The watering down is one thing that keeps the Overton Window from moving left. The watering down is also an entry point for rentier infestations.
So that's it for now. Clumsy and incomplete, I know. Readers????
NOTE * I keep oscillating between "12 Point" and "12 Plank."