If you were to summarise Pirate Party 10 Point Policy Plan onto a poster to try to attract new followers like myself what would they be?
Is there surveys done on what the majority of Pirate members prioritise like this?
Is Pirate Policy made via democratic consensus or by an elite beurecracy?
I’m new here, but if i would list the most attractive points to me, in order, they would probably be:
- UBI (counteracts automation disruption problem)
- LVT / Single Tax / Housing (counteracts housing/renting unaffordability problem. houseboats legal).
- Bill of Rights (counteracts tyranny of majority) + more direct democracy (counteracts tyranny of minority)
- Pricing Carbon (ETS or Carbon/Pollution tax) (counteracts global warming + climate change).
- Defensive rather than Offensive military as per NAP.
- Water Access Guarantee. not sure how or what state its in now. but in principle i think its important. especially contrasted to ancaps who dont think that water access is a natural right and might want to privatise water off and sell it to the highest bidders. Pirates love water. The good thing about water is so long as you have water and sunshine, and affordable housing, you can grow your own food at your own house.
- Digital Innovation, Freedom & Transparency (Investment, cryptocurrencies, FOI/whistleblowers, Patent/Copyright reform, NBN)
- Progressive Education funding and reform. I dont know the answers here and havent perused the platform yet on this, but this is really important imo. Increased focus on future innovative technologies and coding. Its amazing that education used to be free in the past, and many neoliberals took advantage of that yet now want to gut the system. With less jobs due to automation, its important that young people have the freedom to study, even if costs can be saved by having courses online or other methods of non-authoritarian incentivisation.
Less War More Drugs
(marijuana + testosterone etc legalisation, drugs less harmful than alcohol). These are harmless crimes that can create new industries if legalised.
- Aboriginal Treaty with representation on Citizens Jury that vote in senate
- I was surprised to see that Greens support UBI too.
- Greens don’t seem to focus on LVT as primary tax reform, and isnt part of LDP’s platform, therefore this could be a strong focus for Pirates and as i see in the platform a simplified tax system is. I would personally go so far as making Single Tax a core principle since i’m a Georgist which can still include include Pigovian tax on pollution, as Georgists treat pollution as part of land and property rights violation.
- I also don’t like the history of Greens being less fiscally constrained and more ideologically off centre. Whilst its possible many of these policies are also shared by The Greens, its possible that at least some aren’t and The Greens are thought of as being fiscally reckless with spending and taxing.
- Another good idea is some sort of treaty with Aboriginal first peoples. Again, Greens and Labor probably support this, but this can win votes in Aboriginal community and is Justice. AFAIK they want more constitutional representation so i think that can be achieved through the Citizens Senate Jury whilst not requiring other minorities to be represented. This can be exceptionally justified from a libertarian perspective based on the original land theft.
- I know many of these points are in the platform. But perhaps it could benefit from some consolidation to easily market the platform to new people?
- Housing and renting affordability issue is quite important to young people
- Im not really sure how UBI and “Right to Work” tie together… By assumption UBI assumes not 100% employment as some will be creating new businesses (unless you tie call that employment that could work). Arts and media can be considered proper activities as employment too.