The New Confederacy: Underground Manifesto
THE UNDERGROUND MANIFESTO
Every form of government has opposition. The new Confederacy is no exception – and since it uses slaves – it is opposed by a dissident movement known as “The Underground”
It is the right of all humans to be governed with their consent, with a voice in their own government, and with all their natural and inalienable rights secured.
All forms of government have been imperfect in securing this right but Democratic government has been less imperfect than all others. To secure this right, we therefore set out a manifesto for a Democracy, taking inspiration from the most convenient and appropriate examples: the Constitution of the United States of America and the Declaration of Independence
1. EQUALITY. In his Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln insisted that a nation “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” was formed as a result of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
FIRST CONCEPT: Equality was the cornerstone of the USA and is the basis of the Underground Manifesto. All normal and mature individuals should be enfranchised citizens and be entitled to equal, certain and inalienable rights.
2. POLITICAL PARTICIPATION. The New Confederacy points out that, notwithstanding the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution of 1789 allowed slavery. They also state that the United States of America did not adhere to the concept of equality until (possibly) the ratification of the 24th Amendment in 1964 (which abolished the poll tax and hence allowed truly universal suffrage). While conceding that this point is arguable, the Underground holds that the 24th Amendment finally validated Lincoln’s hope for the future and that the NC government has no legal or moral right to
reinstate or utilise any system that removes the right to vote.
SECOND CONCEPT: All citizens are entitled to take part in the
political process (and conceivably have a moral duty to do so). All are entitled to vote and all votes are equal. This right shall not be denied or abridged by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
3. ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION. There is a risk that political process can be over-ridden by Capital. History shows that this risk is particularly high when the distribution of Capital is both extremely uneven and dependent upon factors other than contribution to the economy.
THIRD CONCEPT. Only when all citizens have some form of share in the economy (with some having more and some having less according to their contribution) will we have a working Democracy. The right to a decent livelihood is one to which all citizens are entitled.
4. GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE. The governments of the New Confederacy are not Democracies; only some citizens are fully enfranchised and can be secure in their natural and inalienable rights. The rest of the population are excluded and are governed – without their consent – as subjects or as slaves.
FOURTH CONCEPT: These forms of government are unjust and therefore unacceptable. Their structures must be abolished and replaced with ones that allow all humans to be secure in their rights as citizen