Five Things a Conservative would love about Bergonia:
The organs of government must keep balanced
except for designated "capital" expenditures on
infrastructure & long-range needs like scientific research and public
health with future pay-off.
"States rights" means something in this federal system--
Bergonians would applaud some of the recent US Supreme Court decisions
that protect state power against federal encroachments.
Religion has a guaranteed place in national life; there is even
limited religious instruction in many schools-- though often more than one
4. There is
no income tax for the vast majority of people, only sole proprietors
file income tax, as do cooperatives and other enterprises.
average citizen has the right to own and use firearms.
Many people hunt in Bergonia-- deer hunting is absolutely necessary to control
the population-- and many people belong to shooting clubs and "militia clubs."
While Bergonia and many other countries are full of firearms, very few of them
have the crazy murder rates of Columbia, Brazil, Mexico & the U.S. It
should be clear to the most obtuse fool that the mere presence of firearms does
not automatically produce violence.
However, since conservatives worship mammon
at their alters before all other gods and fetishes, they could never reconcile
themselves with the Bergonian way. Even though Bergonia manifests many
supposedly core conservative values, no one should be fooled that these values
are anything more than bangles, costumes and pretexts for the TRUE conservative,
which he wears to confuse the common man.
"In faith, fraternity and hope,
we establish this Fourth
and resolve to proceed democratically
SOCIALISM -- a very general
introduction to the idea.
THE CONSTITUTION of
the Constitution of the
"Democratic Commonwealth of Bergonia."
NATIONAL GOVERNMENT -- a unicameral Congress with
law-making powers, a strong Executive Council that acts as "steering
committee," chaired by a President with limited
PARTIES, ELECTIONS & POLITICS
-- strong local political clubs federate into national parties.
Public media control gives the candidates direct exposure to the
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FOREIGN RELATIONS -- with the
US, Europe, Latin America, etc.
STATES & COUNTIES
-- powerful local governments, borders drawn to accommodate ethnicities.
EDUCATION & SCHOOLS -- Principle
#6 requires free universal education. Principle #5 requires
localized control over schools.
THE SOCIALIST ECONOMY
-- overview of Bergonia's socialism, dominated by
SPECIFIC ECONOMIC SECTORS --
a variegated economy, comprised of worker cooperatives, a few
large monopolies, and a sector of small businesses.
of the commonwealth, the states and the parties.
The Eight Principles of the Revolution
(why there are eight stars on the flag):
"Personal liberty belongs to every man and woman to speak and to
write, to organize and petition authority, to choose work, life and
travel according to individual conscience and taste, with no state or workplace
shall be no ruling class. All men and women shall have equal claim
to the the good life, and equal access to power. All races,
creeds, communities and
deserve both equality and autonomy, and no language
or religion shall be suppressed."
"All authority in
every part of society shall be subordinate to democratic selection and control. The people
and workers shall either govern directly or choose their governors."
"The common good shall direct all policy, and the means
of production will pass out of private hands, and into the
cooperative hands of the
workers and farmers, who shall enjoy the
full fruits of their labor."
"Local power is better than national
power. Plural power is better than a single party.
power is better than consolidated power."
Education and Science:
"All the people shall
obtain education in the arts and sciences at
free schools and universities, and science shall guide policy."
: "In a free society
religions shall have equal freedom to preach
Public Ownership of Land:
and natural resources of the country shall be allocated, protected and used to the
benefit of all the people."
"Virtually no one who calls
himself a socialist has any real vision of how socialist institutions would
work, or how a socialist society would feel.
"Lacking any lucid vision of a destination, socialists have failed to
blaze a straight path. No wonder the masses don't enthusiastically
follow them. No wonder so many socialists succumbed to Stalin's
"This will become socialism's great tragedy-- that it merely opposed
capitalism without ever offering a clear alternative."
--Pablo Alvarez Partaga,
Spanish ambassador to Bergonia, 1934, (he
later took refuge in Berg after the Republic fell to Franco).
"Good men can disagree about the form and mechanics of real socialist
government, or even whether we should even call it a government, but I do
know one thing for certain, which is that the thing I choose to call
socialism will not tolerate any form of dictatorship."
--Permado Acuila, 1934