Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Objectivist Party Of Georgia Adopts Affiliate Platform

On January 26, 2010, the Objectivist Party of Georgia adopted the following platform, which has been uploaded to the Affiliate Platforms section of the Objectivist Party website at http://www.objectivistparty.com/

FREE MARKET CAPITALISM: We advocate a completely free market with no government interference. We oppose tariffs, embargoes, rent controls, wage controls, corporate taxes and all other forms of government interference in private businesses. We oppose any and all legislation which forces or "encourages" employers to hire employees based on any standard other than their ability to perform the required tasks (e.g. affirmative action). We oppose any and all legislation which forces banks to lend money to unqualified candidates (e.g. the Community Reinvestment Act). We oppose all government bureaucracy which interferes with the rights of individual citizens to contract freely with businesses and individuals of their choice (e.g. the Food and Drug Administration), and we radically oppose the socialization of ANY industry in the United States and its territories, especially the health care industry.

TAXATION: We advocate a flat-rate income tax at both the Federal and State levels. We oppose all sales tax, property tax and progressive income tax structure. We radically oppose all tax-funded welfare programs, including but not limited to medicare, medicaid, government subsidized housing, and food stamps.

EDUCATION: In order to reduce the burden of taxation on citizens who do not have children, and to raise the overall standard of achievement in our nation's schools and universities, we advocate the gradual dissolution of the public school system in favor of privately funded education.

IMMIGRATION: We support the right of all countries to control their own borders and to set the conditions immigrants must meet in order to obtain permanent residence and citizenship. We would give state law enforcement officials the power to enforce immigration law and to deport illegal aliens. We would grant immigration preferences to those with special skills, to those who would create jobs and to those who ideologically support free enterprise and respect for individual rights.

GAY RIGHTS: We oppose all forms of prejudicial discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation. We advocate the immediate and unconditional legalization of gay marriage nationwide, and condemn the United States Military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy.

VICTIMLESS CRIMES: We advocate the immediate and unconditional legalization of gambling, prostitution, marijuana, alcohol and tobacco use for all individuals aged 18 years or older. We also call for the gradual legalization of other narcotics with restrictions (no driving under the influence, no using in the vicinity of children, no sale to minors, etc.) for all individuals aged 18 years or older. We advocate the right of adults to willfully engage in any activity that does not negatively affect others.

3 comments:

  1. Why income tax vs consumption tax? Income tax seems like it's morally wrong, because it taxes your production. A consumption based tax of retail goods would seem to be the most moral, because you can decide how much money you spend vs save.

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  2. Our affiliate opposes sales tax on the grounds that in punishes those who stimulate the economy by spending their money in the marketplace. A flat-rate income tax would guarantee that all citizens contribute an amount that has an equal impact on their income. It would eliminate free-loading because everyone would pay an equal portion, whereas sales tax allows those who spend less money in the marketplace to contribute less to taxes while still reaping all the benefits of tax-funded services like the police force and military protection.

    Jess J Cruikshank
    President
    OPGA

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  3. Why do you only mention the health care industry when opposing the socialization of "ANY industry"? Shouldn't you also call for the dissolution of our government paid police force, firefighters and military in favor of private ones? Why do poor people deserve police protection from the government when they are not contributing to it? Only those rich enough to pay for their own private firefighters should have their houses put out in a fire as well... not to mention the incredible cost that the rich are burdened with providing the socialist military we have now...
    Why don't you demand we get rid of all these socialist programs as well?
    Plus we have to get rid of monopoly laws and anti-trust laws - those are nothing but socialist programs. Also all government support of hospitals, universities, NIH, CDC, DARPA, the farm and oil industries, etc. as well! Bunch of socialists who came up with all of this...
    We could go on... who needs any socialism, right? Lets get back to the good old days of the poor and their children dying in the streets from starvation and exposure - but no government socialist programs to go pick up the dead bodies! If you want them gone from your doorstep... hire someone yourself!
    Lets get back to pure capitalism!

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