A Declaration For A Fair World

A Declaration For A Fair World

Postby Nathan Sanders » Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:32 pm

The United Citizens of the World is a non-profit, grass roots political organisation, focusing on policies that make ordinary peoples lives better.

We think that a sensible, secular, science based, rational policy that transcends religion, money and party politics and focuses on making life better for everyone is well overdue.

We are tired of governments and corporations putting profits before people,
We are tired of religion being imposed upon the non-religious,
And we are tired of tradition and personal opinion being put before reason and logic.


Our main policies:

Human Rights
We believe:
-Totally in an individuals right to hold any belief they choose, express their opinion on that belief under freedom of speech and to privately practice that belief where it does not harm other individuals rights or impose upon their way of life.
-That all individuals should be treated equally under law, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, belief, wealth or social status.

Political Reform
We believe that:
-Politics should be free from direct influence of money, religion and special interests.
-Politicians should not be under influence from big business.
-Big business and the state should be separated. This includes stopping corporations from funding politicians and political parties.
-Government policy should be formed through rational, evidence based discussion.
-That belief of any sort should not be immune from criticism and discussion, while maintaining respect for the right to hold that belief.
-That the state and religion should be separate.
-Politicians primary interest should be in the welfare of their citizens.
-Money should not be able to buy influence in government.
-All parties should have equal exposure and voters be given sufficient information on thier policies, giving them the opportunity to make an informed decision.
-All children should be given sufficient education on how the political system works.

Economic Reform
We believe that:
-The current economic model (corporate capitalism) is in need of reform.
-The profit motive is essential to a successful economy, but may cause harm as well as do good.
-The current economic model causes inherent inequality, promotes a culture of greed and over consumption and places profit before people.
-The current system causes conflict of interest between the pursuit of profit and the rights and interests of individuals on an unacceptable scale.
-The economy should ensure decent standards of living even for the lowest paid in society.
-The current system can stifle innovation, for example through the practice of sitting on patents.
-The economy should promote and reward innovation.
-Financial inequality in society should be reduced.
-Corporations, as social machines, should not have the same rights as individuals under the law.
-The economy should recognise the value of people over that of profit.
-Businesses should provide good working standards for all employees. This includes allowing employees an acceptable amount of free time outside of normal working hours.
-Government should develop comprehensive strategies to deal with the economic impact of increased automation on employment and plan for a post-scarcity economic model.
-Success should be measured in increased gross standard of living and contentment rather than increased gross national product.

Copyright
We believe that:
-Current copyright law is outdated and unfit for use given the technological advancements of this century.
-Copyright law must move away from imposing artificial scarcity on commodities.
-Copyright law must acknowledge the great positive benefits of freely sharing information.
-It should not be possible to copyright forms of life.

Drug reform
We believe:
-That the current 'War on Drugs' has caused great human suffering, has cost trillions of dollars, has not reduced harmful drug use and has encouraged large criminal cartels.
-That the current treatment of drug use as a criminal issue is non-effective, has driven the issue underground and has harmed many innocent people.
-That current drug scheduling is greatly disproportionate to the social or personal harm caused by individual drug types.
-We recognise that recreational drug use has always been, is and always will be, a part of human nature, such is the case with alcohol, tobacco and caffeine use.
-We recognise that responsible 'recreational drug use' and 'drug abuse' are two different phenomena and should be treated as such.
-That some recreational drugs such as cannabis should be legalised with restrictions similar to that of alcohol and tobacco.
-That drug policies should ensure safety for recreational drug users, promote sensible and responsible use and provide medical help for those with drug abuse problems.
-That drug abuse should be treated as a social health issue not a criminal issue.

Education
We believe that:
-Education should be free for all, including higher education.
-Everyone has a right to a basic education.
-Places for higher education be provided based on merit rather than ability to pay, social status or religious or political affiliation.
-Religious beliefs should not be taught as scientific opinion or fact.
-Religious belief should not be promoted by any school.
-Funding for education and research is essential to the continued prosperity of humanity.

Healthcare
We believe that:
-Healthcare should be free to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.
-Preventative measures such as vaccines, health awareness campaigns and school sports programmes greatly benefit the wellbeing of society.
-Some conditions lack research into treatment because they do not present an opportunity to profit. This is unacceptable and provision needs to be made for this.
-Euthanasia should be legal and available in special cases such as terminal illness, with the patients valid consent.

Welfare
We believe that:
-Current systems reduce incentive for employment as the average minimum wage salary is little above that of unemployment benefit.
-The able unemployed should be encouraged to get work, not through punishing unemployment but through rewarding those that work.
-That even low paid work should be made financially attractive to the unemployed.
-The unemployed have the right to a basic decent standard of living.
-That the unemployed should be provided with assistance in finding a job.
-That the unemployed should be provided with assistance with training and development of skills with a view to employment.

Justice
We believe that:
-The justice system should work to prevent crime.
-The justice system should use prison only where other methods have failed.
-The justice system should not be run for profit.
-The prison system should focus on rehabilitation of prisoners over retribution to ensure that they lead positive, crime free lives once released.
-Prisoners have the right to a basic but fair standard of living.
-Prisoners should be provided with education in prison.
-No person should be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.

Media
We believe that:
-The principle of free speech should be protected by law.
-A free press is a necessary requirement for a free society.
-The media should be free from government and corporate influence in what they report.
-Media monopolies can be harmful to society and to a free press.
-Variety and diversity in media helps to ensure a free press.
-News reports should be factually correct and not intentionally misleading.
-Individuals have a right to personal privacy and that this should be protected by law.

Environment
We believe that:
-Preservation of the environment and genetic diversity is a responsibility of mankind.
-Exploitation of natural resources should be done in a responsible way and carefully managed.
-All economic activity concerning exploitation of natural resources should aim to become entirely renewable where possible and do as little damage to the environment as possible.
-Transferring power production from non-renewable to renewable energy sources is an urgent necessity.
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