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The Equitist Manifesto

Equitism is the political, social, and economic ideology promoting an equitable world. A world in which people are treated fairly and have equitable access to opportunities and rights, and where people’s, communities’, and the planet’s well-being are society’s priorities. 

The founders of Atlas created the concept of Equitism in 2021 and since then have relentlessly worked with the Atlas community to further develop it. Indeed, we live in a world where the status quo no longer satisfies the people, where global challenges increasingly loom on our future, and inequalities are growing. The way forward is too often undefined for many. We thus seek, through Equitism, to help you understand what the world could look like and what is needed to get to this new utopia. 

Find below👇 the draft manifesto of Equitism as well the first policy priorities stemming out of this vision. For more, check out our daily The Equitist newsletter and upcoming podcast, as well as recurring events to analyze today’s issues and have the tools to envision tomorrow’s better world.

i. Individuals

Equitism demands that individuals must be given an equitable footing and the possibility to pursue their dreams throughout their lives while contributing to the overall prosperity of their community. One’s life must not be determined nor valued differently by the characteristics that human beings inherit at birth, whatever their gender, sex, skin color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, health, religion/faith, nor by their age, geographical location, nationality, socio-economic backgrounds, but by their character, the power of their convictions, by their aspirations, ambitions, vows, and desires.

Equitists stand for the protection and promotion of freedoms and rights, including and not limited to freedom of speech, freedom of movement, political freedom, freedom to love, rights of privacy, access to the internet, rights of owning one’s digital identity, and data, rights to express one’s sexuality and identity, rights to terminate an unwanted pregnancy or have autonomy over one’s own body, and the freedom to alleviate one from suffering and terminal illness. No construct or governance should justify a restriction to access of these rights.

The followers of Equitism put the highest value in providing each human being with the tools needed to achieve one’s own path, without dogmatic rigidity but freedom of choice. Individuals must also have access to reliable and free information to ensure that all members of society can exercise their judgment. Only then can every person create a well-informed opinion on past and current issues and as such, fully grasp the future and the implications that today’s actions might have on it. 

The Equitist doctrine believes that all individuals must have access to basic services, such as healthcare, education, and social safety nets. In an era in which wealth and material goods could satisfy all needs of living beings, Equitists reject poverty and material deprivation. There is no justification for any person to have their basic needs unmet denied because of the flawed design of human societies. 

ii. Society

Equitism rejects the idea of separateness and borders and believes that civilized societies do not have to be organized in secluded territories that monopolize lands and resources,  furthering nationalistic or regionalist discourses. In today’s modern and global world, for one not to be shaped by the location of their birth or to be unable to choose their way of living, the creation of a transnational, democratic federation to provide each human with the same political rights shall be advanced.

Equitists vigorously support the preservation and enhancement of the environment, guided by the conviction that humans are a fundamental element of the natural ecosystem that governs animal and plant life. As such, Equitism wants to ensure that the impact of human societies on the environment is neither negative nor null, but positive. Equitists are convinced that the economy can only provide long-lasting well-being, if society understands that the ecosystem is the source of all our material wealth and therefore, as a society, live in a sustainable way

The Equitist doctrine rebukes wars, conflicts, and acts of aggression believing they are unnecessary endeavors that deprive society of much-needed resources and cause harm and suffering. While self-defense might be used when needed and the responsibility to protect from mass atrocities may require a limited utilization of military power, a priority must be to substantially decrease defense investments in times of peace. The abolition of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction must be enacted by all countries.

The followers of Equitism put the highest value in the utilization of technology to ensure a level playing field in all human activities, including educational, medical, social, and others, for all individuals. Ethical technological advancement is a fundamental engine of societies, but its benefits cannot be selectively available when of relevance for the wellbeing of humans and other beings.

Equitists take on the commitment to always seek progress, always question the known, and seek to discover the unknown. They commit to using technological advancement to better society and bring it to unprecedented heights.  Equitists advocate for space travel and exploration to be performed outside of current flawed human constructs, while embracing equity, freedom, unity, and respect to be offered to other groups of beings encountered in the quest for new life, if ever successful.

iii. The State and the Economy

An Equitist state must regulate and steer society to achieve the closest result to an equitable status, as to bring the maximum level of happiness and welfare to its people. The role of the state as a fair arbiter among different groups with competing priorities can only be achieved with the highest level of participation possible by its citizens, thus by implementing systems of direct or semi-direct democracy. 

In terms of leadership of the state, shared leadership shall be privileged over vertical ownership to mitigate human flaws and include more views of society. To favor stability and the ability to propagate significant social and economic planning, executive mandates should last longer than in current democracies and be limited to one mandate to ensure that the priority of those governing is the public one.

An Equitist economy controls and steers market forces to decrease inequalities among its members. The paramount indicators of the health of an Equitist economy are a low level of economic inequalities and high living standard of the population, provided that this is mostly achieved through the uplifting of those previously disadvantaged. 

An Equitist economy protects private ownerships of enterprises to foster innovation and entrepreneurship and favors partial worker-owned and cooperative models of organization to increase the pools of views and experiences in the management of enterprises, as well as its beneficiaries. An equitist enterprise has a fair wage distribution in itself, moderating the gap between the lowest-paid laborer and the highest one.

 

Only when these criteria are met can the status that will bring the highest level of happiness to humankind be achieved.

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