02/10/2010 § 7 Comments
so capitalism is fail, and state socialism is also fail. so in their place, i offer: democratism! a new and improved economic system that prioritizes people over profits.
democratism is based on democratic control over the production, allocation and consumption of goods and services in this country. just as our political democracy is enshrined through a bill of rights and amendments (no church and state, free speech, voting etc) democratism is based on the adoption of a new set of rights: economic rights!
“rights” in liberal democracies are a way to assert that certain values are fundamental and to ensure that all policies adhere to the boundaries of those values. i think we should ratify a new “Economic Bill of Rights” into the united state constitution as the mechanism for transitioning from a capitalist system towards a democratist one.
so, what is democratism you ask?
to be honest, i am not sure yet. i know that it is basically a derivation of parecon, an alternative economic system dreamed up by michael albert and robin hahnel.
some key features include:
–worker-ownership in cooperative businesses (all workers are owners)
-non-market based allocations of goods and services (democratic planning)
–participatory budgeting of our government’s resources
-inclusion of environmental and human costs of products into the price of those goods
-democratically determined guarantee of basic human needs like food, housing, healthcare, education, transportation
-awesomeness that is better than the neoliberal empire clusterf*ckism of today
my goal is to advance a democratist vision and practice so that we have a true political-economic revolution in this country in my lifetime.
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