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  • commented on Dues or no dues, that is the question... 2016-03-06 08:16:33 -0500
    I think that you raise a solid point. However, it is worth noting that it is somewhat out-of-step with American party culture and if not handled delicately may stand as psychological barrier for some joining the movement. I think it may be prudent to think about how we will attract non-due-paying supporters such that they feel party of the movement.

    Also, it probably is wise to think about what the dues structure will mean for party governance – and particularly the relative power of the national vs. state organizations. I think a mandatory split makes sense, but might it not be better to have two choices for your dues annually? Either, sending 5 to the national and 20 to the state, or vice-versa?

    It seems to me, particularly early on when the party is growing primarily through actions in State and Local elections that state party organizations may be the preferred locus of affinity for members. I don’t think this would be a bad thing. If we are going to innovate in politics by being a member-funded organization, we may want to return to giving state party organizations more primacy as well. It will certainly stimulate involvement if most important actions and money are kept closer to the membership.

    Just my 2 cents (to add to my 25 dollars that is likely to be incoming :-)

  • commented on Necessary Amendments to the Constitution? My Daily Read 2/23/2016 2016-02-26 09:32:35 -0500
    All the credible evidence on Term-Limits suggests that they cause more problems than they solve. Colin is right, that that the most principled way to limit politicians is via the very mechanism intended by the founders (competitive elections). Making these elections competitive would certainly do the trick.

    All told, I think this is a great article you linked to Douglas. I think each of these amendments has solid foundations that would put to rest many basic questions that have been mired in legal attempts to wedge contemporary values into a 19th century rights structure.

  • commented on Bernie Sanders and taxing our way to social medicine... 2016-02-26 05:50:36 -0500
    I think it is good to turn to the evidence rather than the ideological debates regarding incentives and work, or the ‘road to serfdom’ that Hayek coined and the post here rebrands as ‘a great step towards the socialist feudal paradise.’. Not only in America have we seen higher tax rates, but across western Europe we see these too, which some of those countries seeing higher worker productivity than the United States. This presents at best, mixed evidence that eliminates any certainty to the claim ‘X disincentivizes work’.

    As to Universal Medical Coverage and the road to serfdom, I would point out that, again, the rest of the ‘free world’ has universal healthcare and has not only not been sliding towards authoritarian egalitarian serfdom, but if anything a liberalizing of economic activity while bolstering and tinkering with the Universal health care scheme. The Netherlands and Belgium for instance have hybrid schemes, with universal health care but competition in the insurance sector. They both also experience far lower health care costs, with the Netherlands seeing the best health outcomes in Europe.

    Finally, I think we Whigs more than most, should take seriously the evidence and analysis that suggests that big changes are coming and not get locked into ideological talking points of traditional political movements. Most manufacturing and unskilled tasks will be automated within 30 years. We have no way of knowing if there will even be enough work to do to make that system of “the Capitalist American Dream” socially sustainable! One of the dreams of progress is that we will have more leisure, but this goes directly against the notion that “One of the principles of the American system is capitalism. Capitalism encourages people to work harder and make more money. After all, that’s how you move up. That’s how you realize the American Dream.” Universal basic income, Universal medical care, etc. may end up being the only way to maintain the material living standards and healthy community life.