ACCOUNTABLE DEMOCRACY MISSION STATEMENT
This draft Mission Statement will be up for discussion at the State and Corporate Crimes Against Democracy Confererence in London on November 10 2012. For conference aganda, please see our events section.
The current system of governance has facilitated the seizure of economic assets by the one percent, wars and militarism, the erosion of privacy, massive environmental degradation and the co-opting of the mainstream media by the elite.
Democracy is on life support, almost destroyed by the power of money to influence politicians and the media, the hyping of alleged terror threats, and the globalisation of power into unelected bodies like the IMF and NATO
The elite maintain their power through fear of violent revolution, the power of the media to distract and misinform, and divide and rule tactics against opposition movements.
Strategies for Change
The internet revolution has broken the monopoly of the western corporate media and awareness of these issues is spreading fast.
We aim to articulate to a wider section of the public both the dire nature of the crisis and a credible blueprint for dismantling the current power structures.
We can do this by stressing that the activities of the elite are illegal under current treaties and statutes, for instance the invasion of Iraq, or the bribing and blackmailing of politicians.
Second we can help campaigners publicise key reform proposals like getting money out of politics, total transparency of state and corporate power, a shift in taxation from income to wealth.
Third we can help develop an independent media both to show how a different emphasis can suggest different solutions and to expose misinformation used to provoke wars.
We hold SCADS conferences every six months and are setting up a media outlet, ADTV, currently producing pilot clips, but soon to be producing series of half hour news programmes. Eventually we expect to be content suppliers to broadcasters anywhere who want independent English language material.
Here is a more detailed version of our goals
The current system of governance in the UK and other NATO countries is ever more at odds with basic democratic principles, individual rights and the rule of law.
Among the many symptoms of this malaise are the seizure of economic assets by the elite one percent, the unending wars and militarism of NATO, the erosion of privacy, massive environmental degradation and the co-opting of the mainstream media by the elite
We see the causes of the current predicament as the power of money to influence politicians and the media, the exaggeration of the threat from terrorism, and the globalisation of power into undemocratic supranational institutions like NATO, the IMF and the international corporations.
We see the key obstacles to radical change as fear that change might make things worse, the power of the media to distract and misinform both the public and activists, and the ingrained tendency of the middle classes to identify with the elite.
We see the two drivers of change as firstly the unsustainable vicious circle of war and bankruptcy which is driving the NATO countries towards ever more ambitious military confrontations abroad and ever greater inequality at home, and secondly the internet revolution which has broken the monopoly of the corporate media.
Strategies for Reform
We recognise that there are several strategies for meaningful change. These include mass protest and people power as practiced by the Occupy movement, and gradualist reform as advocated by traditional lobby groups.
While supporting any credible strategy for change we think two key factors have often been unadressed: the need to articulate the dire nature of the crisis to a wider section of the public and to offer a credible blueprint for dismantling the current power structures.
We see two corresponding strategies which we see as complementing not as alternatives to the many existing campaigns.
First, we wish to promote awareness that many of the activities of the elite are illegal under current treaties and statutes, for instance the invasion of Iraq, the use of torture, or the bribing and blackmailing of politicians and editors. A rigorous application of existing laws and relatively minor changes to international treaties would create a revolution of itself without any spectre of guillotines, revolutionary disorder or civil war.
Second, along with this cleanout of provably corrupt individuals and networks, we advocate the reform of current power structures by a series of measures that have been well articulated by various campaigns. This would include the democratisation of the media and the political parties, much greater transparency for all sections of state and corporate power, reform of the way money is created, changes in the structure of company boards, a shift in taxation from income to wealth.
We wish to use independent media initiatives and conferences to help spread awareness of the extraordinary extent of state and corporate crimes against democracy (SCADS) carried out by criminal networks within the one percent. At the same time we will air positive solutions for reform of the power structures, giving a platform for the many existing campaigns we support.
To this end we are holding SCADS conferences on a six monthly basis and are setting up a media outlet, ADTV. Currently we are producing pilot clips, and soon expect to be producing a series of half hour news programmes by arrangement with a satellite channel. Eventually we expect to be a fully independent content supplier to broadcasters in many countries who want English language material.