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Can Paleoconservatives, Libertarians, and Leftists Unite Against the Neocons?

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7. Allow Congress, not the president, to select Supreme Court judges who will serve for 9 year terms. 

8. Implement a decentralized, non-hierarchical, or grassroots, approach to public schools:  The neighbors who live within the boundaries of each public elementary, middle, and high school will democratically establish their own school philosophy and curriculum, using public funds.  There will no longer be federal, state, county, or township control of neighborhood schools.  This will improve neighborhood togetherness and community solidarity. 

9. Abolish the Federal Reserve.  Congress will oversee a publicly owned banking system like the Bank of North Dakota. 

10. Strive to establish a democratic world government that provides equal pay for equal work, with no one earning more than three times the wages of the lowest paid worker.  A system of workplace democracy will be instituted.  The world map can be divided into 500 rectangular-shaped, legislative districts of equal population. The World Legislative Council could then make executive and judicial branch appointments.   

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The Occupy Movement could have been more effective if the diverse elements had united around ten specific demands.  What is now needed is for one organization such as the Fellowship of Reconciliation to serve as a headquarters for upcoming, regular protest marches and the assimilation of each protester's list of ten demands.  Bayard Rustin, who was the organizer of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, was a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), a pacifist group.  FOR is not yet even aware of my idea for this type of coalition.    

 

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What if 25 amendments and laws were agreed upon by all three groups, and from that list of 25 demands, all participating individuals at protest marches could register and vote to select their own ten demands.  Then the ten most common demands would be determined and publicized.  Every six months there could be a new election, as the number of participants increases, and as previous voters change their priorities.  Naysayers will state all kinds of reasons why this strategy will not work, but it is urgent at this point that we focus on solutions and not just complaints.  Readers can start thinking about their own ten most important demands to make of Congress. 

Here are fifteen more demands that could be added to my ten to make a proposed list of 25 demands:

11. Implement a Fair or Flat income tax, as opposed to a Progressive income tax, to simplify the collection of taxes. 

12. Implement a Progressive income tax up to 94 percent for any income amounts over $250,000 with a simplified tax code.   

 

13. Abolish compulsory education--learning is a choice. 

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14.  Phase out fossil fuels through government incentives.

 

15. Provide free post high school, public education for students whose parent(s) have an annual income of less than $100,000. 

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