Magna Carta for the Information Age
Back in the USA...
We hold these truths to be self-evident...
- People everywhere are born equal, no matter their country of birth or residence.
- Workers everywhere deserve a living wage.
- Income of all types should be taxed equitably; the working poor should not be taxed at a higher rate than the very rich (as they often are in the USA today, where only rich people are effectively exempt from Social Security taxes, which are a large burden to lower income earners; and where stock and other investment income is taxed at very low rates compared to wages earned by the sweat of one’s brow).
- The large wage differences paid for the same work by the same corporations in different countries, which are often an order of magnitude or greater, are inherently unjust.
- The enormous inequality of wealth, as in 1998 America where the annual income of Bill Gates equals the combined incomes of the lower 40% of the US population, must be reduced.
- All people should be treated to equal justice in the courts of law. Money should not buy the law.
- The democratic governments of the people should not be bought and sold.
- Truth matters. Neither government officers, elected officials, nor corporate officers should be able to lie to the public without punishment.
- Corporations should have NO rights which people do not have.
- Elected government officials should work for the good of the citizenry.
- They should not work to get themselves re-elected.
- They should not work to make political opponents look bad.
- They should not work to re-pay the bribes of wealthy individuals or corporations.