Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

The Provocative Presidential Platform of Barry Schwartz

  1. Health insurance

    Health insurance will be mandatory and very heavily regulated. It will not merely be a right, but a right and also a civic duty. We are all in this together.

  2. National service

    The government will institute a voluntary national service plan for young adults and old alike, with education benefits. The service plan will work as follows: the volunteer serves the nation by going to a school, and in return for this service the government pays for the volunteer's education.

  3. Accumulations of wealth

    Accumulation of wealth will be allowed if put to use towards the advancement of human welfare. Accumulated wealth that is not put to use will be confiscatorily taxed. Accumulators of shiftless wealth are like thieves of a child’s inheritance.

  4. Intellectual works

    Published intellectual works are presumed to be intended for the public domain. Copyright and patent terms will be limited to 3 to 15 years, depending on the type of work.

  5. Information technologies

    We have entered a new era of human development, in which our key technologies include those for the collection, copying, transformation, etc., of data. The government will encourage the development and use of technologies in these areas. Social progress will be allowed to keep pace with technological progress, and technological progress will not be stifled by social inertia.

  6. Cryptography

    Schoolchildren will be instructed in the use of open source public key cryptography.

  7. Tolerance

    Schools will teach tolerance. See

  8. Equal Rights Amendment

    We will achieve ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, institutionalizing full equality for women. I will champion the Amendment as it is written; assuring the rights of women will make it easier to ensure the rights of others. We will regain the ability to amend the Constitution, a document that has been held hostage by reactionaries since the late 1970s. (The 27th Amendment doesn’t count.)

  9. Abortion

    Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others.


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