If you were to found a political party, what would its program be?

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If you were to found a political party, what would its program be?

If you adhere to a faith, (how) would that faith reflect in the program of your party?
 
I gotta.say....as a non-monotheistic panentheist Christian unitc....my party/govt would largely evolve around teachings of Jesus, therefore be open, and largely socialist. I don't know if communes can get that large though.
 
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An excellent question and it is one that I have thought about a lot. I am as interested in politics as I am in religion. Ideally what @wil said above would suit me. I am aware that in many ways a gradualist approach is the best way forward. Try it, test it and adjust when needed.

I would start with a serious look at the big banks, seems to be a lot of power there yet the government had to bail them out. So much for free enterprise!
I would like to give a lot of help to small businesses and co-operatives. I am big on the environment too. Lots we can do there.

I would want the whole justice system looked at very critically, particularly punishment and rehabilitation. I am from East London, crime was and is everywhere. Sociologists used to write about us. Britain probably leads the world in talk and doing nothing. I would make it a crusade. We would keep at it, on and on until a solution at least starts to take shape. Like medical research.

That will do for the party, as for the faith aspect, I have a liking for lists and I have gathered some that represent the core of my beliefs. The main ones are;

From Buddhism The Noble Eightfold Path https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zr3sv9q/revision/3

From Modern Druidry The Eleven Commitments

From Permaculture The Three Foundational Ethics

The three ethics on which the whole of permaculture is based.

1/ Earth Care: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply.

2/ People Care: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence

3/Fair Share: Setting limits to population and consumption: By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles.

And The Twelve Principles of Permaculture https://permacultureprinciples.com/principles/
 
I'm an Anarcho-Syndicalist and a pacifist. I also live in the US. As paradoxical as it may seem, I do think that the structures exist here to start moving towards Anarcho-Syndicalism.

The first thing I would do is defund our overseas military presence and the police, but I wouldn't lower taxes. I'd put the money saved from these programs into social welfare and, specifically, healthcare. I wouldn't completely destroy our military, but I would try to push an emphasis on defense over offense with the help of irenology consultants.

Then I would focus on taking power from the federal government and giving it to individual states. I would also try to shift the power that states have now to give cities more power in their local governments, at least for those who are citizens in those cities and not necessarily just people passing through or visiting family.

None of this would get us anywhere near Anarcho-Pacifism, but it would all be a great start and I think it could demonstrate to people that moving in that direction wouldn't be the end of the world. Even if everything I did was undone, it would show that it could be done and maybe encourage progress some time in the future if we haven't gone extinct by then.

ETA: Pacifism is a part of my religion. I also think horizontal collectivism and total equality can come from an understanding that we are all part of the One, and horizontal collectivism leads to anarchism since there would no longer be a direct hierarchy.

Anarcho-Syndicalism is just my preferred form of Anarchism because, well, we know that it works. The Iroquious Confederacy, which inspired the way the US was originally set up, was essentially Anarcho-Syndicalist, for instance. It's also the perfect response to people who say that Anarchism only works on small scales, because it's essentially a method of organizing numerous small, local communities.
 
Hi @Ella S. Another very nice post. Anarchism has always been close to my heart. Two of the best friends that I ever had were founder members of a small local anarchist group. Being older than me they were a huge part of my development.

I like your final paragraph. It is a point of view that ties in so nicely with those parts of my belief that are inspired by Modern Druidry and Permaculture.

The big problem is always getting from A to B. As a young man, I spent a lot of time with groups advocating mass movements and revolution. We despised those who sympathised but sought the quiet life. Since 2000 I have taken a great interest in the "quiet life" paying particular interest, and participation in eco-villages and spiritual communities.

Unlike many, I see the need for both. The present political and social climate in Britain has seen the left all but disappear. I have no doubt that sooner or later the barricades will be back. History is full of ebbs and flows. The beauty of having both is that you can actually give a working representation of what your urban brothers and sisters are shouting about. It should never be an 'either or'

Street politics has a high burnout rate. Communities of the type that I have mentioned offer an alternative to an early retirement of booze, dope, and reminiscing over what could have been. The struggle has many ways.
 
Hi @Ella S. Another very nice post. Anarchism has always been close to my heart. Two of the best friends that I ever had were founder members of a small local anarchist group. Being older than me they were a huge part of my development.

I like your final paragraph. It is a point of view that ties in so nicely with those parts of my belief that are inspired by Modern Druidry and Permaculture.

The big problem is always getting from A to B. As a young man, I spent a lot of time with groups advocating mass movements and revolution. We despised those who sympathised but sought the quiet life. Since 2000 I have taken a great interest in the "quiet life" paying particular interest, and participation in eco-villages and spiritual communities.

Unlike many, I see the need for both. The present political and social climate in Britain has seen the left all but disappear. I have no doubt that sooner or later the barricades will be back. History is full of ebbs and flows. The beauty of having both is that you can actually give a working representation of what your urban brothers and sisters are shouting about. It should never be an 'either or'

Street politics has a high burnout rate. Communities of the type that I have mentioned offer an alternative to an early retirement of booze, dope, and reminiscing over what could have been. The struggle has many ways.

I actually agree completely. In fact, I see insurrection as essentially playing Russian Roulette with an 8-shot revolver and 7 bullets. I think it's unrealistic.

However, if we turn to institutions like the Christian Church, we already see a structure that's more-or-less tailored to each congregation, has survived the rise and fall of numerous governments, and provides mutual aid and shelter to those persecuted by the government. We've already seen Church structures used as serious support lines for those in need in more dystopian countries that have popped up. The Church even survived the fall of Rome and Roman persecution.

That's why I think the emphasis should be on creating dual-power structures rather than full-on insurrection. This is something that can even be done locally.
 
If you were to found a political party, what would its program be?

If you adhere to a faith, (how) would that faith reflect in the program of your party?
Ah...... ummmm...... the Badger party!
No faith involved in this program, apart from 'freedom of religion'

In any order, the Badgers will legislate for and about:-
A national health service for all.
A national pension plan for all.
A national housing association.
A system to provide for and protect the disabled, sick, unemployed.
National safety and security.
Fair taxation and licensing.
Free trading.
Equality legislation to protect all races, colours, religions, gender, sexuality, partnerships, nationalities and disabilities.

Extra special provisions and freedoms for badgers.
 
Extra special provisions and freedoms for badgers.

Almost you persuade me to become a badger but the trouble is I don't want to do badger stuff. I would hear more of these special provisions and freedoms another time, though.
 
I understand the disillusionment with politics that some here have expressed. It is the same for me. In the past, I have supported candidates who loose. I can't remember much about those days but I know things broke bad. The whys and hows of it are in bigger hands than mine. Alas, sometimes things just don't work out and we have to trust it was for the best. :(

 
I don't think forming a new political party would accomplish much. IMO, the party system is part of the problem and provides much of the fodder for division. I think individuals seeking public office should be elected based on their own merit and not party affiliation, through an in person tally and not appointed by electoral representatives. Hey if nothing else, surly such a notion would bring both parties together in opposition! :D
 
I don't think forming a new political party would accomplish much. IMO, the party system is part of the problem and provides much of the fodder for division. I think individuals seeking public office should be elected based on their own merit and not party affiliation, through an in person tally and not appointed by electoral representatives. Hey if nothing else, surly such a notion would bring both parties together in opposition! :D

I think you might be onto something there. I like creative solutions, helps restore my faith in humanity. :)
 
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I gotta.say....as a non-monotheistic panentheist Christian unitc....my party/govt would largely evolve around teachings of Jesus, therefore be open, and largely socialist. I don't know if communes can get that large though.


It's logical, yet "announcing", that your party would be socialist.
What would the socialist practicality be, of your party?
 
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