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An Activism "UBI" to Help Rebalance Democracy Away From Concentrated Wealth
This policy would establish "activism credits" (New Zealand ActCreds) each worth one New Zealand dollar that could be exchanged for their value in NZ dollars at a central agency only by registered activist groups. Each registered voter would receive an equal allocation of NZ ActCreds (an activism "UBI") and would then be charged with reallocating them to registered activist groups of their choice. There would need to be rules about the constitution of a registered activist group, along the lines of registered charities or incorporated societies. The rules would not say anything about the objectives of the activism, just as there are no rules around the policies that may be pursued by political parties. Political parties would be excluded from being registered activist groups. Along with other policies, this policy would help to rebalance the democracy deficit of less wealthy people compared with more wealthy people and of people compared with corporations. It is necessary if we wish to reverse the trend toward plutocracy where concentrations of wealth and power influence and control government to grant themselves greater concentrations of wealth and power.
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