Demands are important, but so too are rights

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Demands are important, but so too are rights

Post by codawrma on Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:55 pm

My concern is similar to that of Madison, who was certain once the constitution was put in place history would quickly forget the rights of people that were at the heart of the changes, if they were not explicitly entrenched. That's not to say that people have not been denied those rights, but there has at least been a mechanism to deal with them. I've included a few below, both in more academic language and in simpler language. They need work for sure, but it's a start. Please comment, edit, debate them, pass them along for further comment.

Cheers,
Cory.

A Declaration of Political and Economic Rights:

Full Version:

Let it be such that we, the people, demand no less than the full realization of the political and economic rights which govern the highest interest of the public good. These rights serve as a starting point to wrest the illegitimate power from corporations, and to return power to its legitimate owners – human beings. These rights are the bedrock of a future in which the high-minded goals of humankind, in solidarity, serve as the whole and sole purpose of political and economic power. Each is essential, indivisible, and dependent upon all others.

The Right to Primacy:

Regarding the interests and concerns of the public good, we, the people, have the right to primacy over non-human political entities. Corporations shall not constitute human-persons; their needs and desires shall be considered subsequent to the interests of the public good, both nationally and internationally.

The Right to Social Equity and Opportunity:

Regarding the interests and concerns of the public good, we, the people, have the right to an equitable society such that all human-persons may earn a fair wage and be afforded full and open access to opportunities that allow them to thrive.

The Right to Expanded Democracy:

Regarding the interests and concerns of the public good, we, the people, have the right to expanded democracy such that all human-persons may have equal voice with respect to the selection of, and influence over, representation, free from the influence of non-human political entities.

The Right to Information:

Regarding the interests and concerns of the public good, we, the people, have the right to information that is wholly independent of corporate or governmental influence.

The Right to Health Security:

Regarding the interests and concerns of the public good, we, the people, have the right to affordable healthcare such that we may live healthfully, without fear of destitution or death due to the cost of, or lack of access to, medical care.

The Right to Peace:

Regarding the interests and concerns of the public good, we, the people, have the right to live in a world free of war, governed by actively peaceful interests built upon the realization of human rights and security, and free from the destabilizing influences of military-industrial or corporate interests.

The Right to Individuality:

Regarding the interests and concerns of the public good, we, the people, have the right within the bounds of civil society to lead lives as we see fit, free of personal and systematic discrimination against our person.

The Right to a Sustainable Commons:

Regarding the interests and concerns of the public good, we, the people, have the right live in an environment unsullied by human activity and sustainably managed for the benefit of the public good. Profit and exploitation shall not guide the choices which drive decisions about the commons.


Condensed Version:
We, the people, demand our political and economic rights. These rights are meant to take illegitimate power away from corporations and give it to its rightful owners – human beings – so that we can pursue, in solidarity, the aims of a fair and just society for all.

The Right to Primacy:
We, the people, demand our needs be considered first and foremost. Corporations are not people.

The Right to Social Equity and Opportunity:
We, the people, demand a living wage with full and open access to opportunities for success.

The Right to Expanded Democracy:
We, the people, demand a government who listens only to the people

The Right to Information:
We, the people, demand news media that is not controlled by corporations or the government.

The Right to Health Security:
We, the people, demand affordable and available healthcare for all

The Right to Peace:
We, the people, demand peace and security based on human needs, not war.

The Right to Individuality:
We, the people, demand lives free from discrimination by individuals and society

The Right to a Sustainable Commons:
We, the people, demand a clean, sustainable, and unexploited environment

CDWM.

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