Reformism intervention, but also the retention and expansion of

Reformism – The belief that gradual changes through existing institutions can eventually lead to fundamental changes in a society’s political and economic systems. The maintaining of a representative democracy, in what serves as a key point of difference from Anarchism. Whilst Reformist libertarian socialism has striking similarities to Reformist democratic socialism, one key difference lies in the fact that those who believe in Reformist democratic socialism believe that there is no need for fundamental economic transformation from a free market capitalist approach, but rather smaller reforms within the framework of a capitalist society. Reformist libertarian socialism is different, it believes that the fundamental changes, listed below, must be made to a free market capitalist/neoliberal society, but simultaneously maintains that these reforms must be gradual and democratic, thus avoiding dangerous revolutionary activity, that often does more harm than good, as well as harsh economic impacts.Libertarianism – The rejection of the authoritarian nature of previous socialist regimes, as well as stateless anarchist ideologies; a midpoint between the two reflecting more state intervention, but also the retention and expansion of economic, political and social freedoms, which don’t harm the people. A generalised scepticism towards the ability of authority, social hierarchy, the establishment and corporate decision makers to act in the interests of the people as opposed to their own, in the context of a free market. This is not to say that the role of government would be decreased, but rather that the ability of those in any form of power to make decisions for their own personal/private gain, would be greatly decreased. Government would, in fact, hold increased power to intervene in the private sector, whilst also being subject to the scrutiny of elected labour unions (and potentially a people’s assembly) to make sure it is acting in the interests of the people. Representative democracy, in the form of proportional representation, is maintained as a means of selecting a government (a decision making body) that is absolutely representative of the views of the nation and is thus qualified to make decisions on its behalf. The state must remain intact as a means of listening and responding to the problems of the people.Socialism – An economic system in which the means of production are owned and managed by the workers themselves, through labour unions on an industrial scale. Differing from Capitalism where the means of production are in the hands of private corporations, but also State Socialism, in which the means of production are controlled by the state. It is this that will destroy the divisions that exist today between the proletarians and the bourgeoisie, as the power is firmly put in the hands of the people and not a privileged capitalist, political or corporate elite. Individual firms would still maintain their own leadership, but workers would gain the right to make decisions and enforce regulations, on an industrial scale, through elected labour unions.The support of worker self-management of industry as a whole through non-hierarchical labour organisations, whilst simultaneously maintaining the presence of the state as an organisational, decision making force. Businesses would still maintain the right to their own leadership, but in order to practice, they would need to adhere to regulations set by worker managed labour organisations. An elected, non-hierarchical people’s assembly could also be formed, as an additional measure in order to ensure that both local and national government is acting in the interests of the people. This would be proportionally representative of the population in terms of gender, race, religion, occupation and political beliefs.The implementation of total equality of opportunity and equality of pay (for performing the same job) in law, regardless of race, gender, religion, or any other means of discrimination. The destruction of all class divides, creating a classless society. But crucially stopping short of the implementation of complete equality, as a means of promoting economic advancement, differentiating this ideology from any form of Communism or Anarchism. All education would be nationalised, standardised and free for all children (The abolition of all private, selective and religious schools), including the abolition of university tuition fees. Essentially creating a meritocratic society in which those who work the hardest achieve and thus earn the most (whether this is in monetary or other terms), but simultaneously ensuring that no one in society is left behind.Labour unions are powerful elected bodies, that own and manage the means of production for their respective industries. They work in collaboration with government to implement laws and regulations, as well as make decisions, on an industrial scale.The abolition of the monarchy and all unelected bodies of power. All public funds currently awarded to the royal family will immediately be redirected towards more worthy causes. Every attempt will be made to limit their undemocratic influence over the nation.The abolition of property portfolios as a genuine income stream, an individual has a right to one sole permanent living residence and must either sell or rent any remaining property; houses are for people not investments. Property can only be owned by permanent residents of a country, any property owned by foreign investors and thus left uninhabited, will be seized by the state and distributed to the homeless. Rents will be controlled so that a form of housing is accessible to every member of the population. A heavy progressive or graduated income and inheritance tax. The belief in contingent pacifism; only using military force when made absolutely necessary, through a lack of any other viable alternative. The condemning of unnecessary war and conflict across the globe. The use of peacekeeping forces, which would only use military force as a method of self defence, is by far the most common form of military intervention. Any military intervention is likely to be either in response to the serious abuse of human rights, or out of self defense.The belief in international cooperation and trade, without compromising the beliefs and values of a Reformist Libertarian Socialist nation. For example, the international arms trade, would be both avoided and condemned, especially when concerning countries with human rights abuse issues.The implementation of both a minimum wage and a universal basic income (for those who don’t already earn the nominated amount).The nationalisation of all public services (including health, transport, water and energy), as well as natural resources and banks. Which will be run by labour unions and government in unison, as a means of reflecting the needs and wants of the general public.The transition to 100% renewable, environmentally friendly and environmentally sustainable methods of energy generation and consumption, as a means of combating climate change and the challenges it poses to the earth. The use of fuels posing a threat to the environment, in other countries, will be condemned.The replacement of the house of lords with an elected body of labour union representatives, business leaders, occupational experts from all lines of work and retired politicians.The continued existence in the framework of a mixed economy, with state intervention only occurring when it reflects the will of the people, passing through both houses of government and the relevant labour unions. Economic decisions are made to benefit the many, not a privileged, corporate few. It is here that Reformist libertarian socialism differs from social democracy, which maintains that it can achieve its goals within the framework of a capitalist economy.A substantial aid budget will be reserved in the event of international crises, as a means of offering support to those in need. It should be noted that, building or repairing infrastructure, sending medical or rescue teams and investing in industry in a country in crisis, will often present a better, more long term solution than simply offering a sum of money. All nuclear weapons will be destroyed and decommissioned and a policy of international nuclear disarmament will be advocated.International intervention will be minimal and will only occur in the event of human rights violations, such as genocide, oppression, or other similar serious issues. The policies of enforcing national interests abroad, implemented in the past, will absolutely and categorically not be tolerated.The undercutting of wages and poor working conditions, exhibited by immoral transnational corporations will also not be tolerated and the state will intervene.


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