The Citizens Charter:
A Manifesto For Twenty First Century Living
Our freedom is being
eroded on an almost daily basis. Our freedom to travel, to control our own lives,
to invest our savings as and where we want and even to discuss issues with one
another privately have all been badly affected in recent years.
Most people are not
aware that their freedom is disappearing. Those who are aware of what is happening
are unhappy about it but dont know what to do about it.
The time is right for
a revolution but western governments have taken a leaf out of the book written
by repressive, dictatorships in the third world and have given the state, and
therefore the police, unprecedented powers to stifle any sort of protest before
it can become a serious threat to the individuals who control the institutions
which govern us.
Most citizens in the
western world are dissatisfied, resentful, bitter and unhappy with the quality
of leadership on offer and with the way our leaders are choosing to rule
our lives in an increasingly oppressive and autocratic way. There is a widespread
feeling that nothing can be done to persuade politicians to do what the people
want even though it is, of course, the people from whom the politicians
claim to have obtained their power and authorisation.
Maybe it is all too
Maybe the politicians
who are now in charge (is it a coincidence that the vast majority of them are
lawyers?) have stitched us all up very tightly. Maybe there really is nothing
we can do. Maybe we are doomed to a life of perpetual servitude to a distant
and uncaring world government.
Or maybe it isnt
quite too late.
Maybe if enough of us
say what we want then we might just stand a chance of making ourselves heard.
Maybe if we publicise our views there
will be a public uprising.
And so here is my wish list. My Manifesto for happier and more peaceful twenty first century living. My friend and expert analyst Chevalier Harry D Schultz, editor of the Harry Schultz Letter (website address www.hsletter.com) has contributed to this list of goals and joins me in a joint support for the list.
Privacy should be given greater
priority. Governments do not have a right to listen to private telephone
calls, read private e mails or to peer into citizens private bank accounts
unless they can prove that a citizen has acted illegally.
The abuse of animals should
be halted. Activities such as hunting and vivisection which
are barbaric and indefensible should be halted immediately.
State employees should be held
personally responsible for their own incompetence or fraudulent behaviour.
Why should taxpayers have to find the cash when policemen or nurses or civil
servants make mistakes? Civil servants (of all kinds) should take personal
responsibility for their actions and should pay privately for any
insurance cover they want to take out.
League tables should be published
showing the effectiveness (or otherwise) of schools, hospitals and other
public institutions. This information is available to government officials
but it is suppressed. Citizens should have the right to use the information
available to help them choose a suitable school or hospital.
A crackdown should be introduced
to control the number of state employees taking early retirement on the
grounds of ill health. Many such employees claim to be ill when they arent
getting massive pensions from taxpayers.
There should be a cash limit
(say $10,000) on compensation payments for discrimination.
When lawyers share in the profits
from legal action they should be limited to 10% of the proceeds. This would
dramatically reduce the number of cases brought. At least three quarters
of the costs of cases thrown out of court should be borne by the plaintiffs.
The Euro and the European Union
should be abandoned and all Euro bureaucrats should be made redundant
giving them a maximum of three months compensation.
Severe automatic penalties should
be introduced for policemen who lie in court.
Compulsory retirement should
School teachers should be told
that the priorities for education are reading, writing and arithmetic. Schools
do not need social studies or computer departments.
Spending on social services
should be slashed. Most of this money is wasted.
Research funds should be slashed
and money used to take advantage of the knowledge we already have. For example,
we know how to prevent 80% of all cancers. Funding for preventive medicine
programmes should be dramatically boosted.
There should be a possibly permanent
moratorium on genetic engineering with severe penalties for those who break
the moratorium. We dont need it and the risks are too great. It should
be a criminal offence for companies to sell genetically engineered food.
Xenotransplants should be halted
Governments should fund genuinely
independent research into the hazards associated with electrical appliances
(including telephones and microwaves).
Expenditure on fashionable diseases
such as AIDS (which may not even exist) should be cut in favour of expenditure
on unfashionable diseases (such as cancer and heart disease) which do kill
vast numbers of citizens.
The principle of innocent until
proven guilty should be resurrected and upheld in all courts.
The public should have an inviolable
the right to demonstrate.
The police should get back onto
the beat on foot or bicycle. The police should be accountable to
local communities and chief police officers should be fired and possibly
fined or imprisoned if crime levels rise.
Capital punishment should be
banned by international law.
should be introduced in all elections.
There should be complete freedom
of information on all government matters except military ones.
No one in any institution should
be paid more than 25 times the pay of the lowest paid employee.
International arms sales should
be banned on the grounds that this activity is immoral and reckless (and
there is a risk of citizens being bombed by bombs they themselves have made
Decriminalise and tax drugs
and stop the ineffective, expensive and deadly War on Drugs. If the money
wasted on policemen and drug enforcement agencies was spent on education
there would be far less drug abuse. The War on Drugs is an excuse to remove
more and more of our freedoms it keeps drug prices high, encourages
crime rewards drug barons and does nothing whatsoever to prevent drug abuse.
There should be referendums
on all major questions as there are in Switzerland. Referendums give
citizens a chance to have a voice on big issues.
All income taxes should end
and be replaced with a sales tax. Sales taxes would bring in the same revenue
but free citizens from audits, bureaucracy and false accusations. Income
tax puts governments and citizens at loggerheads.
Tax revenues can be steadily
reduced and central government expenditure reduced. Many government departments
are unnecessary and many government employees are paid by the public to
perform political duties.
Returning to a gold standard
would give currencies more stability and help control inflation.
God should be put back into
the law. With God having a hand in justice (and, in particular, in oaths
and pledges) it is more difficult for politicians to interfere and remove
Power should be returned to
local communities. Federal powers and control should be reduced and kept
to a minimum. Federalism should be avoided and resisted. As a general rule
small is better than big. Local leaders tend to be more accountable than
Bank privacy should be sacrosanct.
Citizens have a right to put their legally earned money wherever they want
to put it without governments snooping.
Post offices and broadcasting
groups should all be privatised to remove government control.
Welfare should be put back into
the hands of voluntary groups (who deal with it better and more fairly)
and taken out of the hands of government agencies.
known as affirmative action and quotas should be stopped
immediately. Racism is racism, whatever it is dressed up as.
Passports used to be a right.
They have become a privilege. They should be a right. Passports are a 20th
century invention. They should be uninvented.
Identity cards are an infringement
of human rights.
Criminals should be forced (by
law) to make restitution to their victims. Criminal punishment is too often
revenge not justice. Prison sentences should, in many cases, be replaced
with community service. Prisons should be smaller and tougher. Prisoners
should make financial restitution to their victims (and to the State for
the costs of their trial) through their prison earnings.
Inheritance (estate) taxes should
be ended. (Why should governments re-tax money that has already been taxed?)
In cities the police should
get back on the beat on foot, bicycle or roller blade. In rural communities
the police should patrol in cars.
Company directors should be
legally responsible for what they do. Directors should go to prison when
companies break the law (e.g. when polluting rivers etc.).
Independent research should
be funded into electrical appliances (such as microwave ovens and mobile
telephones) and overhead power lines.
You probably wont agree with
every item on this list. But I hope you will feel that much of this list makes
sense and that the principles are closer to your own ideals than the
policy statements made by the major political parties.
Remember that all revolutions (and
revolutions can be peaceful) are based on a shared, common cause. If you believe
in the general tone of the items on this list then please copy it and pass it
on to friends for discussion.
This Citizens Charter has been
created because Harry Schultz and I believe that we need and deserve
a better world, and a better civilisation.
We have been betrayed by our political
leaders. They have let us down time and time again. They dont have any
solid principles of their own. They have replaced passion with expediency.
But this isnt the way it has
to be. And it isnt the way it should be. As freedom fighter Thomas Jefferson
said in his inaugural speech: Still one thing more, fellow citizens
a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another,
shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and
improvement and shall not take from the mouth of labour the bread it has earned.
This is the sum of good government.
To regain Jeffersons basic
principle of good government you and I have to stand together.