I am sorry for the kerfuffle of my last thread. I guess I win the troll award but you haven’t banned me yet so I’d like to raise an interesting topic that presented itself to me in conversation last night, which I can’t see any discussion of in here from a quick search, nor clear policies internationally from cursory Googling.
First though I’d like to say that I’m actually recruiting for you, even though I’m not a member (had a conversation with someone a few nights ago who said they thought Pirates had the only good policy platform and he supported completely - I said well join the party then, they need all the members they can get You’re welcome.)
But this thread is a bit more interesting. Conversation with a bloke from Israel, been living in Melbourne a decade or so.
Told me about the compulsory military/humanitarian service there - in Israel, you are required to serve but it doesn’t have to be combat, lots of other roles. A thing I am actually slightly familiar with having lived in Thailand for part of my life where they also have compulsory military service (though it is a lottery).
And his argument was that he felt that it was a key policy which helped with equality, and that he felt women were treated more as equals in his home country, because the service is compulsory not just for men, but women as well.
I found this fascinating as I wasn’t aware of this about Israel, and this morning looked up the countries in the world that have compulsory military/humanitarian service for both women and men - and while a great many countries have compulsory service for men, only the following currently afaik for both men and women:
China, Eritrea, Israel, Libya, Malaysia, North Korea, Norway, Peru and Taiwan…
and as of 2017 - Sweden.
I’m really intrigued by this idea. While I am basically anti-military myself I do understand a little the need for it, and if there were an option for humanitarian service, or instead perhaps to enter the monkhood for the same period of service (this is a popular and strongly revered option in Thailand), I think this could actually be really beneficial. But it must be required by all citizens, regardless of gender. That is the crucial point, and there must be options for non-violent objectors to serve in some way which still gives them purpose.
To me it fits with the ideas Pirates promote around equality. Not so much around freedom, but hear me out. All members of society have something of a social contract, and if counties like Norway and Sweden, bastions of freedom and equality, have this requirement, it could be a useful discussion to consider what it could mean for Australia. It could also be popular with those who aren’t ok with UBI, but blather on about Job Guarantees - this would be a kind of enforced job guarantee, for a year or two, and give people a sense of belonging (even if in a room on their own meditating for hours on their reason for existing, or maybe think of it as The Breakfast Club but for a year or two), and help mitigate a small amount against automation as it continues to erode the job market for humans.
I know it would be controversial to propose.
But controversy can be very useful.