"Alt Radical Left" - the new label for Liberal thinkers tired of the tried-and-failed. Thanks to the fine idiots at Fox for coming up with the name. I'm terrible at coming up with names.
What do we stand for? I'm getting us started but feel free to chime in.
Basically, Alt Radical Left supports such radical ideas as providing health care for everyone, reasonable distribution of wealth generated with the help of society, reasonable living options for citizens, freedom to have sex with and feel good about being with any person you choose, freedom to determine the best course of action for your physical and emotional health, fair and even application of laws to all citizens, adhering to the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence, and upholding the rights conveyed in the Constitution.
Let's start with the beginning - The Declaration of Independence. The preamble includes the phrase :
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Let's make two little changes:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all PEOPLE are created equal, that they are EQUALLY endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
The declaration goes on to say, "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
Next it offers this warning, "Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."
Put this together and we have to see if the government is providing EQUAL protection to the rights of Life Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We of the Alt-Radical-Left think the government could do a better job.
The Declaration tells us to change the government but then warns us against changing the government for "light and transient causes". In other words, how dramatic does the government need to change to resolve the perceived shortcomings? The Alt-Radical-Left believes in the fundamental structure of democracy but sees substantial problems in its implementation. The Alt-Radical-Left also sees significant problems in the present state of the capitalist/free-market economy. However, we believe the issues can and should be resolved within the framework of democracy and free-markets.
Taking a sidestep to the capitalist economic framework; it is critical to note 'capitalism has no provision for society'. None of the supply/demand equations, balance sheets, or stock valuations include a variable for how society is affected by a given company. When societies try to implement controls on capitalists to address the concerns of society (employment laws, environmental controls, etc.), those become expenses to be minimized. When capitalists have been left to their own desires, they have almost universally ignored society in favor of their own economic well-being. Of the economic systems to choose from, free markets appear to be the most viable, but society must constrain capitalists to protect itself from the adverse consequences of self-interested capitalists. More on the topic later...
The next guiding document is the Constitution. The Preamble states:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity..."
A dissection of the entire Constitution is beyond the scope of this page (and beyond the scope of yours truly). It is a discussion worth having and will be brought up by critics of some of the ideas presented. In the meantime, a good look at the amendments is timely. I've given them a page of their own...