Conservative Socialism (Yes it's a thing!)

Jul 2009
Opa Locka
I thought it'd be a good idea to explain my ideological bent, far too many posters here and elsewhere have swung wildly (and I speak over several years) from thinking I'm a moderate Republican to some crazy leftist who worships Clinton (let's ignore the contradictions in terms there).

I'm a Conservative Socialist, a brand of socialism once popular in the 19th Century and rejected by Marx (whose own ideas have been... lacking). It fell out of favor during the 20th Century, replaced by Marxist-Leninism and Democratic Socialism, the term falling out of use and later becoming seemingly contradictory during the Cold War. In it's simplest terms, Conservative Socialism advocates a social ownership (sometimes by the workers, sometimes by the state) of the means of production, a strong commitment to the social contract without relieving people of personal responsibility and the preservation of cultural norms and traditions.

Like Democratic Socialism, Conservative Socialism is a blanket term generalizing several related schools of political and economic thought, I'll be describing my own personal platform in this post.

Worker Control of the Means of Production: This is achieved thru (a) direct ownership of companies and (b) worker representation by labor unions. Direct ownership of companies is preferred and should be promoted by tax breaks and exemption from SOME regulations.
Labor Unions: Labor unions should have the full backing of the state. To ensure that labor unions truly have the welfare of the workers in mind, they must be chartered by the state in order to legally operate. To achieve a charter, a labor union would have to 1st provide the state with evidence that they have a working governing body and a pro-labor mission statement, this will earn them a probationary charter. Labor unions with probationary charters may operate openly and legally however they wouldn't enjoy state support. To achieve a charter, a labor union must win a unionization vote. To maintain their charter, labor unions will be subject to an internal and external audit every 5 years from the time of their chartering. An internal audit involves a unanimous survey of all union members to determine their level of satisfaction with the labor union in question. An external audit involves a panel of 5 economists (none of whom may be associated with the company(ies) and/or labor union affected) to determine whether or not the union is of economic benefit to the workers. Satisfying both audits or the internal audit will result in the renewal of the labor union's charter. Dissatisfying both audits will result in a revoken of the labor union's charter and its immediate dissolution. Dissatisfying the internal audit but satisfying the external audit will result in the labor union's charter being downgraded to a probationary charter for a period of 1 year. At the end of that year, a follow up internal audit will be performed. If satisfied, the labor union's charter will be restored with the process beginning again in 4 years, the audit schedule being based on the original chartering. If still dissatisfied, the labor union's charter will be revoked and the labor union dissolved.
Partial Nationalization: Key industries (defined as energy, healthcare, education, transportation and communications) will be partially nationalized. Partial nationalization is defined as the creation of a state owned companies (possibly involving the nationalization and merging of private companies) within key industries while allowing private companies in those industries to continue operating independently. These state owned companies will operate and cooperate with the prime directive of satisfying the social contract. These state owned companies will be managed by industry experts independent of government oversight (beyond industry regulations) and operate, within the limitations or their prime directive, with a profit motive. Profits will be reinvested into the state owned companies as needed with the remaining balance, if any, being added to the state's treasury. Unlike private companies, direct ownership and unionization isn't the goal. Rather all shares (with the state maintaining a controlling stake) should be sold on the open market in 2 waves. Workers in the state owned companies will have the option to buy in the 1st wave of buying and the 2nd wave of buying being limited to citizens of the state.
Taxation: Taxation is a means to an end, not an end to itself. A BALANCED budget is the goal, not a surplus. In the event of a surplus, taxes (the affected taxes being at the discretion of the state) should be lowered accordingly. This allows for the payment of state debts and funding of state programs while limiting (as much as it can be) the tax burden on taxpayers.
Markets: Private companies should be allowed to raise or fall in a free market. Regulations should be limited to protecting customers, workers and the environment. Excessive regulation should be avoided, managed markets are nonadaptive and prone to failure.

Social Issues:
Gender: Gender ISN'T a social construct, it is a linguistic tool used to describe a person's sex. Gender ROLES are a social construct and change as social norms change (something that is entirely acceptable). This is a distinction that MUST be made as the confusion has been utilized as a political tool by perverts to legally compromise the privacy of others.
Sexuality: The legal persecution and social discrimination of non-hetrosexuals must be opposed as a defence of civil liberty. Personal moral objection by hetrosexuals must also be respected in defence of the same.
Pro-Life: Life begins at conception and except in cases of the mother's health or life ruining genetic defects, abortion must be opposed. This defence of life DOESN'T end at birth, those in need for reasons beyond their control are owed support by the society that created them as part of the social contract. This means universal healthcare, mental healthcare, support for the un/underemployed and a rehabilitative rather than punitive justice system.
Education: Our current education system was created in the 19th Century to satisfy a need for (technically) literate factory workers. This system is no leger relevant. Modern education should start with the basics but beyond this focus on a student's interests and talents. Lessons should be adaptive and interactive, group work should be based on comparable skill level rather than age and direct teaching should be limited to tutoring as self taught lessons have more impact on a student and have better memory retention.
Drug War: The Drug War must end. Hard drugs should be decriminalized. Soft drugs should be legalized and taxed/regulated as existing legal drugs (most notably tobacco and alcohol) are. Addiction should be destigmatized and treated as a health rather than criminal issue.

I hope this clarifies my sometimes seemingly contradictory posting habits and I'd be happy to elaborate with anyone that wishes to discuss this more.
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