Political Values and Policy Goals.

By Khannea Suntzu

It doesn’t get any simpler? If you want to know my values, here they are. Note however I have absolutely no qualms about changing my values, “Hopefully in a subtle and nuanced manner” over time. Yes I actually change my mind now and then. Last update : April 2016.


Abolitionism

Abolitionism is a core value. The idea of abolitionism is that all beings should live the most pleasurable as well as meaningful lives. This is done by actively seeking to reduce suffering, along the philosophy David Pearce. Politics affirms this goal, and both goals should be furthered – increasing the meaningful existence of all beings (animals and humans) as well as decreasing real or perceived suffering. The position flat-out states that this is possible, axiomatically, and increase in meaning as well as decrease in suffering can go hand in hand. A possible end goal may imply an increase in joy and pleasure.

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Abortion

Abortion is a procreative right for women. In other words – women have the right to terminate pregnancy with no one interfering in this difficult choice. Abortion should be legal up until 20th weeks, and should be paid for by a country’s regular medical insurance (as with most forms of birth control). Abortion is to be regarded as legal in cases of rape or “misformed” (severely handicapped) infants until the 28th week. The state recognizes the citizen rights of the unborn infant at the moment survival at birth is proven to be possible, which currently stands at 21 weeks. In case of severe deformity a committee of educated physicians respectfully offers advise to the mother on the intended abortion, where in abortion would be allowable in cases of severe physical deformity with the infant until the 40th week of pregnancy. I regard forcing a human being to be born with severe disabilities as a form of severe abuse. Society makes available reasonable medical screening to make sure infants are healthy from the moment of conception and afterwards. Safe forms of screening and testing during pregnancy are part of basic medical insurance to ascertain health of the new citizen. Society invests funds in safe genetic treatments and selection to ascertain the health of infants. The State seeks methods and resources to stimulate infant health.


Advertising Tax

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Affluence (Income, Wealth, Private Property)

All people have a right to own property. I do however contest that humans should have unconstrained income, means of producing money, property or personal possessions. I am against unconstrained personal property. I do not begrudge anyone to be a “millionaire”, or make a million a year (in relative terms relevant to the country I currently inhabit) but I am of the sincere personal conviction that too much affluence or income concentrated in the hands of a private person constitutes a threat to me and to society at large. In other words – human nature is not yet of a trustworthy character, and overly rich people tend to become corrupted towards misuse of the power that represents extreme levels of personal affluence, property or income. I simply don’t trust my fellow human beings that are excessively affluent not to (for instance) corrupt the political process or (for instance) to casually or capriciously buy goods that for them are a fleeting luxury but for me (and my income category of people) are core necessities. It is hard to put an arbitrary “maximum” on income, affluence, property (investments!) held by private individuals, especially if these individuals have proven themselves relatively capable, nice human beings but in the context of the society I inhabit I favor a maximum income of about 25 million euro a year, and a maximum private property in the order of 50 million euro in money, investments, real estate, goods et. al. I favor anything above such levels of affluence to fall in a 100% tax bracket. My opinion is that “enough is enough”, and I favor a collectivized state to enforce such maximums. I accept (and maybe even prefer) that “such people” migrate to other countries and I am all for closing tax loops proactively.


Aging

The state recognizes aging as a disease and subsidizes research in to treatments aimed at curing that disease, reversing its effects or mitigating suffering caused by aging.


Alcohol

Alcohol is a toxic substance and taking large amounts is unhealthy. Young people in early development should not be allowed to drink large (unhealthy) quantities of alcohol and parents or other adults who facilitate underage (developing) humans to consume unhealthy quantities of alcohol must be severely penalized. Alcohol is an unalienable part of society, despite its dangers. For the majority of people alcohol is a safe and very pleasurable substance to consume and this is a valid free consumer and citizen choice. Sadly some people become addicted, often for reasons of self-medication to deal with an unacceptable life, and those people must be offered help or (if they cause problems for society) they may in extreme cases me placed temporarily in humane contained environments. The state accepts the rights of an individual to be an alcoholic, but offers people who are voluntary affordable and tested tools to get out of these types of addictions.


Anarchism

The sole relevant defining feature of Anarchism is rejection of “the State”. Sadly humanity (still?) needs a State apparatus that is capable of applying collectivized force. The only solution to managing and constraining that State to do evil, is persistent democratization of the State. In society that claims to be democratic, the people can be collectively held accountable for the misdeeds of their State. In a society that is visibly autocratic, only those complicit in using the state as an organized crime racket become culpable for misdeeds of the state. Anarchism is the term for an ideal end point where all humans are fully made and eager to be emancipated from a central authority having to wield power over them. My ideal endpoint is a technologically saturated private resourcefulness of all people (ubiquitous “resiliency”) that would allow us to crowd-source all management systems and abolish the state. This might in theory possible after a transition to a pervasively “posthuman” world. I believe transitioning to a “post-human” society is possible this century, and hence I believe that various forms of anarchist self-governance may be consistent with reality somewhere this century

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Anarchy Parks

I believe that humans should be allowed to do as they please, insofar this does not damage the public good or other non-consenting people. To that end I am eager to explore the possibilities of creating “anarchy parks”. In my cautious exploratory vision I am in favor of the state creating a certain minimum of enclosed environments inside its borders where some laws may be temporarily suspended on a case by case basis. Only Citizens and mature Guests are allowed to enter these parks, after they understand the consequences of doing so. I envision these places to maintain their own compliance with state laws by renting private law enforcement. These places could exist to allow people to consume certain types of hard drugs, and would be implemented to contain the effects of people using hard drugs. People who are in an intoxicated state would not be permitted to leave these zones until they “sobered up”


Animal Rights

Animals with complex neurology have capacity to suffer. People eat animal products and the production of these products must categorically not need to animal suffering. Measures taken to alleviate animal suffering in (for example) agricultural industries can increase price of a product by 50% over the mean price to produce the product. The state can decide animal suffering (including fear) is categorically unacceptable and can tax animal products to impede consumption of animal products (and hence, allow undesirable suffering of animals) and the state must subsidize alternatives to the eating of animal meat or products. A distinction is made in terms of animals that are proven to not suffer, i.e. animals with no neurology. There is no objection to processing animals that do not experience pain, discomfort or fear as part of the process. The state recognizes protested status to animals with higher forms of consciousness and self-awareness, i.e. most simians, higher order apes, cetaceans and some bird species, such as crows and ravens. The state guarantees protection of these higher state animals and regards murder of these animals – even outside territorial waters of the state – as a form of murder. Hence – people from other countries who murder ceteceans shall be held accountable in a domestic court of law.


Basic Income

I sincerely believe that Capitalism in its current form is steering towards a crisis of technological unemployment, a crisis of over-exploitation of resources and a crisis of severe environmental damage. I am very keen on researching the problems of capitalism and having society debate the consequences. I believe the state must act emboldened to implement a basic income for this reason and for other reasons. I believe implementing a basic income is a valuable policy instrument and it will substantially reduce government red tape and waste.
Everyone born as a Dutch citizen receives this basic income. Those who receive a Dutch citizenship in life receive this Basic Income only after they have been a Dutch Citizen for five years. I advocate a basic income (at current 2017 economic levels of purchase power and income) of 800 euro for everyone over 16 (but this amount should be open to debate) who maintains permanent residency. Those who are fully disabled from work shall receive a small additional stipend or “pension” commensurate with the disability pension up to 1100 euro, regardless of residency.
Anyone is free to make additional income through paid labor. Subsidies such as minimum wage, pensions, rent control, medical insurance bonus, welfare structures, et.al. are renegotiated based on the new situation.
To accommodate a transition from a society with no basic income to one with basic income a period of no more than ten years would be prudent and should occur in steps of 50 euro per year, where with each step other existing social safety nets are renegotiated based on existing political situation. In addition to the abovce the state can additionally opt to reward ‘desirable behavior’ with an added (small) allotment of income. For instance studying a profession for which there is much demand is financially rewarded. A Proven healthy lifestyle is rewarded. Not smoking is rewarded. Not being overweight, or taking active steps to reduce being overweight is rewarded. Doing volunteer work is rewarded. These rewards should allow most people to increase their basic income to the equivalence of 1500 euro with some tangible personal sacrifice. The state does not test means to provide for this basic income, but in some cases the state can suspend personal volition, such as with people who suffer from addictions, mental disorders, advanced aging (senility) or people who have been convicted of a crime.
People would be free to refuse their monthly basic income allotment, or donate it automatically to a charity of their choosing. The state requires confirmation and evidence of life and residency in the Netherlands for receipt of a basic income. I would seek to explore solutions to make sure receipt of basic income is linked to the ability to identify. I am concerned for people receiving a basic income when opting to live in another country and I would favor Europe-wide basic income regimens and – treaties.


Big Government

Government should be optimal and be made as small as possible, while still capable of protecting it’s citizens interests in full.


Bitcoin

I am in favor of cautiously exploring the potential to create free markets in “currency”. This would allow banks that exist in the national borders to print money of their choosing, and for service providers or store owners to accept these forms of alternate currency. Bitcoin should be one of a multitude of privately “publicized” value exchange mechanisms. Money types should be allowed to compete. The State should state which types of money are allowed in its borders and then be able to nationalize all others being used in its jurisdiction (if able) in the form of some form of transactional tax, such as VAT

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Budget

In the state budget the first priority should not be implicit solidarity, but rather to provide safety. Solidarity assumes compliance with an ideal of care. People can not be made to feel “solidary” towards other people, or “generous” or “charitable”. Instead the state affirms a role as an insurer of all people and thus provides minimum ‘safety’. Hence the first priority of the state (above military, economic policy) should (must) be to provide a lean basic income to all, and an adequate basic income to anyone disabled in some measure of degree. People should be strongly encouraged to work beyond that basic income

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Children

I seek to extend the definition of childhood. I regard all people under 16 is being in a state of relative vulnerability. The state claims a collectivized a responsibility towards “children” that in some cases transcends the rights of the parent. Nominally society and the state allows “parents” to assume responsibility. The transition from “child” to “citizen” should be in stages, roughly to occur between the age of 15 and 21. This transition should be symbolic and ceremonial. Individuals should be free to refuse the trappings of Citizenship and sue to “remain a child”. The state has no moral argument to compel responsibility as Citizen on to its constituents. If people so desire they should be able to stay a ‘child’ for life. In this frame of reference children can not marry or engage in business contracts and if they don’t have a parent, they are appointed a guardian

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Christianity

Christianity is a hobby. People are allowed to have hobbies. The state makes as little distinction as possible between people having hobbies. The state does not in any way reward adherence to this or any other religion

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Civil Rights

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Civil Responsibilities
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Citizenship rights

By default all people in a country can vote in general elections at age 15. All may hold a a drivers licence for cars at age 20, after meticulous certification. All within the country must follow full-time education until age 25, unless they have a steady income equivalent to 125% of current welfare unemployment income. People can lose Citizenship status after committing severe crimes, and will be treated as a ‘child’ under supervision of the State, for life

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Conservatism

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Constituency

All people registered as living in the country, temporary or otherwise – both Guests and Children and Citizens – are called Constituents

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Collapse/Instability

The government assumes constitutional responsibility for all of its citizens in case of a systemic/economic collapse, war or any natural disaster

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Crime

All property which is the result of crime becomes automatically forfeited to the state. The state proactively seeks out crimes with the purpose to determine what private gains are the result of crimes, and takes these gains away from any guilty parties. Victims of crimes have a claim to these goods. People can lose Citizenship status after committing severe crimes, and will be treated as a child under supervision of the State.


Corporations

Corporate privilege must be constrained. The international corporate culture in many cases corrodes democratic achievements and this should be categorically unacceptable


Crime

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Democracy

I have grown increasingly skeptical of the current format of elective government. I am a radical democrat and I desire better governance, less government, better representation, filtering the inherent flaws in human nature. I offer no solutions, but I voice my opposition against statistical bizarrities such as district-based voting


Developmental Aid

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Dignity

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Disability

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Drugs

Addictive narcotic substances should be regarded as a variant of epidemic health issue. Narcotics abuse must not be regarded as moral issue; instead moralizing on narcotics use, abuse and addiction itself is a formal of immoral predation; “moralism” in these areas is a means to leverage the social power of those people who do not suffer from addiction over those who do, and that in itself should be regarded as criminal.

  • Addictive Narcotics that cause verifiable health and behavioral problems (cocaine, amphetamines) must be constrained in use, and should only be consumed and purchased in verifiably enclosed environments, such as enclosed entertainment complexes, clinics or enclaves. Those managing those enclaves (within the boundary of common law) should be accountable for maintaining order within these closed environments.
  • Highly addictive narcotics with severe health and behavioural problems for which there are valid alternatives (bath salts, methamphetamine, PCP, crack) should be outlawed and trade in these substances must remain prohibited.
  • Unhealthy yet “less” addictive narcotics (LSD, cannabis, ecstacy, mushrooms, tobacco, alcohol) should be available for purchase for Citizens, and barred for sale (or resale) for everyone else. These products should be tested and treated in a manner as to be as healthy as can be fairly expected. Users should pay a taxation to offset all reasonable health concerns for said product, included in the product price but otherwise the product should only be sold at a low enough cost as to minimize black markets in these products, and the criminal activity surrounding these black markets.

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    Education

    The state provides free education for jobs for which there exists a requirement. The state does not reimburse for jobs for which there is no immediate economic requirement in the foreseeable future.


    Efficient Government

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    Emancipation

    The state actively seeks to “emancipate” all its Constituents from all forms of force

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    Employment

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    Environment

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    Epidemics

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    Eugenics

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    Food

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    Foreign Policy

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    Freedom of Assembly

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    Free Trade

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    Gender Issues

    The state stops characterizing people based on Gender, except for in medical issues or in case of military physical requirements. The state stops recognizing gender as part of identification or “passport”. The Netherlands proactively protects and speaks in favor of the rights of homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, alternative sexualities, transgenders – domestically and abroad.


    Guest

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    Happiness

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    Health Care

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    Immigration

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    Income

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    Intellectual Property / Patents

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    Intoxication

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    Islam

    Values espoused by organized Islam have become co-opted in large part by the moneyed influence of very rich and very influential Wahabi, Takfiri and Sharia-minded radicalism. There is a moderate Islam, much as there was once a moderate Christianity in the 12th century, but in its current incarnation Islam has been made politically and culturally feral, territorial, aggressive and very violent. Modernist, democratic society must invest considerably more influence and resources to support moderate Islam. Muslim immigrants must be offered an alternative to the dangerous influences of Saudi Arabia-sponsored ideologues.

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    Israel

    Israel is actively engaged in criminal acts and human rights violations. Yes, the people of Israel have deserved as well as conquered the right to have their own country, but they took it from the Palestinian people who already lived there. This process of stealing land continues top this very day. What Israel is doing is unacceptable. I understand that many Israeli can not regard their fellow arabic citizens as having the same human rights as they do, and most Israeli citizens have been subjected to decades of war, terrorism and arguably equally abhorrent human rights violations by radical elements among their Palestinian neighbors – but enough is enough. I support a policy of divestment, boycott and sanctions against the state of Israel and I demand Israel returns every bit of land they stole from Palestinians, and a reimbursement for damages suffered. No, most displaced Palestinians can not return – too much has happened. But two wrongs don’t make a right. The only way Israel can be made to alter its policies is to protest crimes against humanity with solid consequences.

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    Land Value Tax

    The state garnishes a tax on all land inside its borders. An independent agency determines the worth of the land to be taxed. A land value tax (or site valuation tax) is a levy on the unimproved value of land only. It is an ad valorem tax on land that disregards the value of buildings, personal property and other improvements

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    Liberalism

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    Libertarianism

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    Life Extension

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    Lobbying Tax

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    Marriage

    Marriage is a term for a private contract binding two people. The state does not interfere in any way in “marriage”, and connects no income or tax implications to people engaging in this form of private contract, or people NOT engaging in this contract. The state DOES connect consequences to people aspiring to become parents.


    Maximum Income

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    Money

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    Morality

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    Parenting

    The state regards dignified citizenship as a high priority and extends the definition of (parental) abuse. Parents must be suitable parents and society aims to reduce the amount of children born as a result of lack of consideration. There will be a requirement to follow and succeed in a parenting course and parents who have children without having receiving a good parenting certification should be penalized. A requirement to be issued a parental certificate should be a stable income. In extreme cases parents who have children where they are financially, mentally or otherwise unable to care for these children, society should take these children and place them in a suitable home with caring, responsible parents.

  • I advocate a societal discussion where I ask if parents who have proven genetic afflictions or carry genes for genetic afflictions should be barred from risking passing on severe maladies to their children. I advocate regarding irresponsible procreation, where a parent risks knowingly putting a child in the world where there is a substantial risk the child has a genetic malady, a case of implicit child abuse. The worst cases of this child abuse should be treated as a criminal act of negligence – or worse – severe abuse.
  • Society will establish the population carrying capacity of the Netherlands, and seek to limit the population accordingly by stimulating emigration, constraining immigration and being cautious about human procreation.
  • Society will invest robustly in genetic and other types of screening for all parents, making sure as few children with reasonably avoidable congenital defects (genetic or otherwise) are born.

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    Personal Responsibility

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    Poverty

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    Prison

    Criminals are reclassified in to career criminals and or people with a disorder. Career criminals receive longer penalties, including an actual life detainment. The institute of Prison as a means of punishment ends. The Netherlands will have one single prison region (which is not longer strictly an enclosed building) for all long term detention where all inmates will be kept in safe conditions yet dignified conditions, strictly to protect society from predation by career criminals or otherwise irredeemable predatory criminals. It is up to all criminals to prove rehabilitation. If a criminal can prove a process of rehabilitation that is as severe as the crime committed a criminal may be subject to parole. Convicted criminals must lead a dignified and productive life in detention, and may engage in business or commerce inside detention that does not threaten the safety of society. Criminals kept in long term detention in prison are kept in these conditions only to protect society. Civilians do not have a right to revenge when becoming the victim of a crime; Victims of a crime do however have a right to reimbursement of damages, which they may claim from the property or labour of a convict, if available

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    Privacy

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    Public Health

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    Public Transportation

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    Purchase Power

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    Regressive Left, the

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    Refugees

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    Religion

    Religion is a free private activity. The state does not affirm or deny the validity of religion in any way. The state does not sponsor the activities or any Religion or other “private club”. The State does not invoke any deity or religious edict in its state phrases.


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    Royalty

    The office of King or Queen of the Netherlands becomes a purely ceremonial institution in the form of a Foundation. The Royal house of Orange becomes a private endeavour that is normally taxed as any other foundation. The house of Orange foundation may receive minor financial support as a cultural institution. The house of Orange receives no special rights.


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    Self Defense

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    Socialism

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    Social Security

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    Space

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    State Debt

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    Surveillance

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    Sustainability

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    Taxation

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    Technological Unemployment

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    Teleworking

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    Terrorism

    Though frightening for many people, acts of terrorism become the province of law enforcement and state security, and will no longer be regarded as a military assignment.


    Thorium

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    Transaction Tax

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    Transhumanism

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    United States

    The state initiates a policy of robust criticism towards human rights violations and suspension of democratic principles in the United States.


    Upwing Politics

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    Values

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    War on Drugs

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    Visitor

    A Visitor is a legal status of someone visiting the country. By default any Visitor has the legal status of Guest until that status is rescinded. Visitors are free to stay for three months, and they may ask for permission to stay longer, thereby becoming long term Guests of the country.

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