The 12 reforms (basic version) [beta 4]
[Sounds like I should have a new plank:
X. Religion has no special civil status. UPDATE Guess not. --lambert]
It's been pointed out that the 12 Reforms haven't received the attention that the 12-Point platform has; this is understandable, since the 12 Points are about concrete material benefits. The 12 Reforms, by contrast, are about putting in place the systemic changes that will make it possible to bring about the 12 Points; their benefits are dispersed throughout the political economy.
Here are the 12 Reforms again. I changed #1 because why should we keep fighiting the Net Neutrality battle over and over again? We only have to keep fighting it because the Comcasts and the Time-Warners of this world would love it if net neutrality went away. So make their control of the Intertubes go away instead!
Net NeutralityThe Internet as Public Utility
2. Fairness Doctrine
3. Local Ownership of Media
4. Public Campaign Financing
5. Electoral Integrity
6. Self-Organizing Web-Based Citizen Deliberation
7. MMT Macro-economic Policies
8. Preserve and Expand the Commons
9. More Co-operatives, Fewer Corporations
10. "Fiat Justitia. Ruat Caelum."
11. Strategic Non-Violence
12. Points and Reforms Are Indivisible
So, please give the 12 Reforms some serious attention. Note that since the 12 Points don't get passed if systemic changes don't happen, if there's a big missing piece, there will be big problems!
#12 I struggled with especially. The goal here is that everything pass. We don't want the fucking legacy parties cherry-picking the Points or the Platform, or getting a revolving hero to sponsor one item which, sadly, will get watered down or fail.
We want it all. That is what #12 is intended to convey.
On #10, the latin translates to: "Let justice be done, even if the heavens fall." It's why we should put bankers in jail even if they whine that "the economy" (their economy) will be hurt. I prefer this wording to an "equal rights" or "restore the rule of law" formulation because (1) the meaning is very fierce, (2) the justice connotation, and (3) I have to admit I like the Latin tag. It's a conversation starter. I added quotes to it.
#11 is something anybody who supports the 12-Points and 12 Reforms (which are indivisible) has to sign onto. Strategic to get rid of the "Holier than thou" considerations black bloc assholes -- sorry for the redundancy -- like to throw around. But also making available the panoply of Gene Sharp's methods. (In this connection, note especially that #6, taken to an extreme, is a form of parallel sovereignty).
So have at it!