1. Non-violent direct action. The majority of protests are peaceful and use tactics that align with the philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. Defund the Police. Funds dedicated to militarizing the police make our communities more dangerous and do not help victims. Community-based policing reduces crime and costs less for the community. Officers with specialized training are more likely to find peaceful solutions to difficult situations. Treating officers like community peacekeepers rather than an occupying force means a safer environment for officers to work in, and limiting the scope of the police force means they can focus more on the situations they’re really needed for.
  3. Universal Health Care. There are “third-world” countries with better healthcare systems than us, it’s pathetic. Countries with universal healthcare spend less on health care than we do. I’m not talking about the people, I’m talking about the government specifically. We can actually reduce the deficit in the long run by instituting universal healthcare, not to mention creating better health outcomes.
  4. End corporate welfare. I think this is something pretty much everyone can agree on, and it’s a fiscally conservative policy.
  5. Unionize and build worker cooperatives. Markets are by far the most efficient way to distribute resources, but concentrating wealth in the hands of a few people is antithetical to Democracy. Federations of worker cooperatives like the Mondragon Corporation are highly successful and efficient enterprises that give workers more agency and a much larger share of the profits. Workers are more invested in the performance of the cooperative, and managers are incentivized to focus more on human needs.
  6. Reform the justice system. Restorative justice allows criminals to reintegrate into the community and make amends with the people they’ve harmed. Under the current system, people waste years of their life in an environment where they can only associate with other criminals. This means they fail to gain any useful skills and usually get into gangs, which makes it inevitable that a large portion of prisoners return to crime after their sentence is up. Imagine going to prison in 2000 and leaving in 2020: you’d have no idea how to find a job in the current job market, and all of your friends would be criminals. De-criminalizing certain non-violent offenses would also make it easier for cops to do their jobs and unleash a wave of human potential while saving the taxpayer money and limiting the size of government.

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