I am not a “democrat” (in the sense of person who likes democracy). I know that this is politically not correct to say, but it is the truth, and I would lie if I were saying something different. Unfortunately when you say something like this “narrow minded” people tend to think that automatically you are a supporter of dictatorships or totalitarian regimes. As libertarian, nothing farthest from reality.
The problem is that I believe (and events prove that I am right), as many others also do (even if they don´t say it loudly) that democracy is just another form of dictatorship: the dictatorship of the majority. Lighter, of course, but a dictatorship. When your liberties and rights depend on what the majority decides, that cannot be called a “good” system, not even a “fair” system, and you only need to look at Venezuela, Hitler or the Prop 8 in California to realize it.
Some weeks ago I published in my twitter 9 tweets that were somehow successful (I am not a tweetstar, so that for me means 4-5 RT and 1-2 favs ^^). They were in Spanish but considering that many people liked them, I decided to write the ideas behind them here again, extending them and in English, to reach a broader audience. The tweets were saying more or less the following:
In order to be coherent, we should live in a system where the political adscription and party who everyone votes is not private, but completely public. Actually everyone should carry an identification which identifies you as “supporter and voter” of this or that political party. This should not be a problem and everybody should carry it proudly (why not?).
Then, your relationship with the State, the system itself and the society would be regulated by such political election which is done, I assume, freely. Then the following would apply (this is not exhaustive, just giving some traces of information of the ideas behind):
1. Supporters and voters of Communists parties (or derivatives) would be allowed to work only for the State. They would not get any kind of income (that is, they would pay a 100% of their salary as income tax) but everything (services and goods needed for surviving) would be provided by the state. Of course they would always have a job, or a pension if the State cannot obtain one for them. But they would not be allowed to collect private properties more than the ones provided by the State (State owned ones), e.g. no private car, just public transportation, etc.
2. Supporters and voters of Socialists parties (or derivatives) could work for the State or for private companies, but everything in their labor relationship would be ruled and decided by the State (or the Labor Unions). Besides, they should pay 70% of their salary as income tax, and they would be subject to a 50% of VAT tax on any product they would acquire. Of course they would benefit of the services provided by the State: health system, education and public transportation. They would not be allowed to contract them privately but they could access also to an unemployed benefit or to own a car (manufactures by the state).
3. Supporters of Conservative parties (or similar) could work for the State or for private companies, they would be able to negotiate some of their labor contract clauses, and their salary would be subject to a 50% income TAX (as now we have in Spain with the new Conservative party) but a reduced VAT of 25% on any product. They could use the State services but they would be allowed also to receive these services from private providers (health system, education, transportation and unemployment benefit). They would be authorized of course to own private properties such as private car, house, etc., but paying taxes for them.
4. Finally, libertarians and classical liberals would not be allowed to work for the State. They could only work for private companies (or for their own ones), they would have total freedom in the negotiation of their labor contract clauses and their salary would be subject to a minimum income tax (or economic activity tax for their companies) of 5% (to maintain the minimum common services as justice, main infrastructures used or so) and no VAT tax in the goods they would acquire. However they would not be allowed to receive any service from the State (education, health system, public transportation, security, etc.) and they should contract everything privately.
5. And any other intermediate ones…
Of course, everything in the relationship among individuals would be regulated also by their political adscription: liberties, rights, etc. Libertarians, on one side, would not suffer any kind of censorship. Their privacy would be totally respected and their communications would be inviolable. Communists on the other side would be subject to a permanent surveillance by the State, who would rule what, how and when can be said, thought or expressed. The other options would be something in the middle of this. For instance also, gay and lesbian couples under Conservative adscription would not be allowed to get married. For libertarians this would not be a problem because this would be a private contract and for Communists and Socialists, they could have only a civil marriage, by the State. Libertarians would have free and unrestricted access to drugs, and for the other parties’ supporters they would be forbidden (for communists even alcohol or tobacco)
Every 4 years, at the time of the elections, every citizen would have the possibility to change their political adscription, moving from one group to the other, as they do with the votes. Whichever is the resulting ruling party or coalition, their relationship with the State and the society would be the one described above.
I don´t know if this political system would be the “perfect” one, but of course it would be pretty close to it. Everyone would be coherent and would live in the system they prefer, and what is more important: in the system that with their votes they want for the others.
Which political adscription do you think would collect more “supporters” with the time? Well, I have my own idea, but I am sure that the first ones would not be the winners. Why? Very easy: because communism and socialism only work if they are able to impose their ideas to the people, steal the money from the people and wash the brains of the people. Otherwise they don´t work. As simple as that. You only need to see the natural evolution of former communist countries when they leave the people to choose freely.
And now the question: which one would you chose? ;-)