"Enough!" - the ADA's new platform
The Copalan Appeal has received a copy of the Anastasian Democratic Assembly's new platform, written by Gaetan Compere and approved by a plenary meeting of the party's central commmittee. An unusual melange of populist rhetoric and technocratic policy, it stands to be an extraordinary departure from the new line taken by the party's nominal leader, Jacqueline Aubry, who is pushing the party to emphasize Anastasian nationalism and secessionism above economic and social polciies. Though she remains in her position, and has already pledged to support the platform, its passage is a sign of her weakening hold over her party.
The Irmgardian people have had enough. Enough of crime. Enough of rising prices. Enough of constant unemployment. And enough of complacency and condescension.
For almost two years, we, the Anastasian Democratic Assembly,, and our predecessors have sought to provide a viable alternative in Irmgardis City to the politics of stagnation, corruption, and clientelism that pervade the United Duchies. Now, facing the greatest threat yet to our movement, we seek to make our last, heroic stand, against the cartels who deprive the impoverished for their own profit, against the oligarchs who press ever down on the small proprietors of this country, against the would-be dictators who surveil and arrest to keep their power but a term longer, against all those forces who have tried to keep this country, this people, this city down for so long.
Though all the power that be will oppose us, threaten us, suppress us, we will make the defiant voice of the Irmgardian people heard. Their stories - of the mother who can no longer feed her children because of the greed of the agricultural cartels, of the pushcart-woman who must now give up all that she has because she can no longer afford to buy even the fruit that she sells, of the little shopkeeper who must now sell his store to a corporation because of oligarch-designed regulations that he has no hope of keeping up with - will be heard. And their losses, their tragedies, will be avenged.
Those who have held onto power for a hundred years, who believe they can hold onto power for a hundred years more, should quake in their boots. The people have had enough of their craving for power, of the endless disasters they have left behind them in pursuit of it.
For their sake, as their voice, we will put an end to the iron-grip of special interests, oligarchs, and corruption over this city and build, in its place, an Irmgardis governed by and for the people, an Irmgardis that is positive, liveable, and free.
Here, presented before the gathered masses, are the principles and policies that will guide and animate us in our struggle.
I. BASIC PRINCIPLES
a) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly is a localist, democratic, and social party.
b) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly is committed to the development of a healthy, green, and socially-minded economy in Irmgardis City, in which market forces serve the needs and the democratic will of the people.
c) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly is committed to the expansion of democracy in all spheres, political, economic, and social.
d) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly is committed to decentralization, and supports the increased devolution of power to municipal and neighborhood governments.
e) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly is opposed to clientelism, and works for an end to the dominance of special interests and towards a government that works for all, equally and with special favor for none.
II. BASIC POLICY
a) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly supports the democratization of public services. It will propose legislation to establish and/or expand the power of elected boards to ensure accountability and a role for the people in education, transportation, energy, and health.
b) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly supports local power. It will propose legislation to establish neighborhood goverments in Irmgardis City to organize basic local politics as well as to advise the municipal government. It will further advance the autonomy of Irmgardis City on matters of political organization, education, taxation, and economic regulation.
c) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly supports the full power of the city over its own infrastructure. It should have full control over its port, its transportation system, and its energy.
d) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly supports increased self-sufficiency over energy. It will propose legislation for increased subsidies for small solar installations and other essential parts of microgrids, as well as for an investigation into the construction of offshore wind facilities to be owned solely by the municipal government.
e) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly supports a strong public sector. The state must step in to ensure competition in a number of strategic sectors, from housing to retail, in order to reduce prices and increase quality. The only way to do this is to establish "public options" in each in order to establish democratically-determined standards with which private companies must compete.
f) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly supports the family. It will move to propose legislation to establish a guaranteed family wage, funded through payroll taxes, for families for the first six months after childbirth, to provide, upon a new birth, families with a "baby box," and to establish and increase a municipal universal child allowance.
g) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly will seek to reduce the cost of living and lessen the shock of inflation. It will move to prohibit corporate and absentee ownership of housing, to establish rent control on existing units of housing until a strong public housing sector is developed, and to broaden and increase housing/rental allowances for the poorest. It will seek to ban the agricultural cartels and end the price ceilings on agricultural goods, and in the interim push the municipal government to directly provide Irmgardian citizens, through importation, with cheaper produce during price shocks. It further will seek to create a guaranteed minimum income for working people equal to the living wage.
h) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly will seek to improve working conditions. It will move to ban the yellow unions and replace them with a system of state-regulated works councils, to encourage the further development of regional and sectoral collective bargaining, to replace nationally-determined minimum wages with ones determined by regional sectoral collective bargaining,and to encourage the democratization of the workplace through subsidies and the expansion of works councils.
i) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly supports political reform. The current across-the-board prohibition on confidence-and-supply agreements entrenches the power of a few historically dominant parties. It must be easier for the people to oust parties which have long-overstayed their welcome in government - and thus easier for the representatives they elect to form government without the support of the corrupt, the complacent, and the unpopular.
j) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly supports civil and political rights. The DISS must be significantly reformed so as to increase transparency and reduce the clear political control over its operations. Higher standards for arrest must also be established in order to prevent a repeat of the perversions of justice that have occurred in the past. Extended solitary confinement in prisons, which psychologists and other medical experts near-universally deem a form of torture, must also be prohibited.
k) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly supports free and equal media. Public funding and public ownership of media like RTD must end.
l) The Anastasian Democratic Assembly supports law enforcement. It wants to increase the funding given to the municipal police and to clarify the division of powers between it and the federal government in order to ensure coordination and streamlined enforcement.