Picklism

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Picklism is a form of libertarian socialist confederalism characterized by its support for electoralism as a form of revolutionary action. It advocates for council-based direct democracy, workplace democracy, and an international confederation of communes. Picklism is often compared to democratic confederalism, a communalist ideology created by Kurdish activist and political prisoner Abdullah Öcalan.

It has gained popularity in several micronations, with its highest support being in Benjastan, where the Picklista National Liberation Front controls the executive and legislative branchs of the government.

Characteristics

Parties

Current

Nation Party Ideology
Bartonian Eco Flag.jpg Bartonia
Democratic Left Picklism
Flag Of Benjastan.png Benjastan Picklista National Liberation Front Picklism
Goldlandia Flag.png Goldlandia Picklista National Liberation Front Picklism
Flag of the United Earth Federation.png United Earth Picklist National Congress Picklism
Royism-Picklism
Picklism-Third Worldism
Dillonism-Picklism

Model Government under Picklism

  • The world would be divided into small communities called "Communes"
  • Communes would each have an elected council. The councilors would draft and pass legislation, which would require a majority vote by the people of the commune to become law.
  • Industries would be run by unions and workers councils, with workplaces democratically controlled by employees.
  • All people would receive the basic needs for survival. Individuals and families would select meals for the week, the ingredients for which would be delivered to their home. They would not only have their basic needs, as anyone would be allowed to buy other items that bring them happiness with their extra money, but this would also just be the bare minimum.
  • Members of the community will be selected to serve as police officers for year-long terms, ensuring that police do not feel invincible. Police officers can only serve one term in their life.
  • There would be no prisons, as socioeconomic crimes would be nonexistent due to social equality and economic equity, and mentally ill criminals would be treated in mental health facilities.
  • Energy would be entirely clean and sustainable agricultural practices respecting animal rights would be required.
  • Communes would collectively form larger confederations, ideally a global one. Communes would elect delegates to the Confederation Assembly, which would not have any power themselves, and would be required to vote in the opinion of the commune (determined by a public referendum for each confederal vote).
  • The Confederation would be led by a Federal Council, who would be elected regionally. One of the Councillors would be elected by the Confederation Assembly as the President of the Federal Council, who would be the official leader of the Confederation and would chair the council.

Views

Economic system

Picklism advocates for a market socialist transition state, achieved through current liberal democracies, prior to a revolution, which would then implement a confederalist society. Workplaces would be run by workers' councils and unions, with a council-direct democracy system of governance.

Participation in liberal democracy

Picklism differs from many other forms of socialism, with them specifically being in favour of participating in liberal democratic elections for harm-reduction. They believe in the principle that even if we dislike bourgeois democracy, we must protect it from threats to the right. Picklism's founder, Benjamin Pickles, has specifically endorsed voting for Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the 2020 United States Presidential election, for example.

Environmentalism

Picklists view the climate and environmental crisis as the single most important issue in any political context. Most of them believe that a revolution is very unlikely to happen soon enough to stop it, and thus support action through elections and through on-the-ground activism, with Benjamin Pickles supporting the ongoing "School Strike for the Climate" movement.

Achieving socialism

Picklism advocates for revolution, simultaneously with participating in liberal democracy. Benjastan is the only Picklist state in the world, which became this way when the PSL implemented the system in 2020, after being elected to the Presidency and a majority in the Congress. Picklism is in favour of implementing a libertarian market socialist transition state though liberal democracy, prior to a revolution and transitioning to a council-based egalitarian society.

Variants

Royism-Picklism

Royism-Picklism is a variant of Picklism, combining it with the ideology of Bryantian Premier Roy Jackson. It differs from Picklism by including a centrally planned economy as one of its phases. Royism-Picklism is also more socially conservative and authoritarian than regular Picklism.

Picklism-Third Worldism

Third Worldism is a political concept that tried to create unity among the nations that were not aligned with either major power, the United States or the Soviet Union, during the Cold War. Picklism-Third Worldism combines this concept with Picklism by providing critical support to socialist movements in the Third World even if they are not entirely ideologically aligned with libertarian socialism, such as the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela (meaning the process of economic and political reforms under the presidency Hugo Chavez, not the current government under Nicolás Maduro), and the current Cuban government.[1]

Dillonism-Picklism

Dillonism-Picklism is a variant of Picklism, which is a fusion of the Picklist globalist doctrine and the ideology of United Earth President Addison Dillon. In many ways Dillonism-Picklism is quite similar to ordinary Picklism, the main difference being the inclusion of a communal referendum phase in which, instead of local councils, members of a commune would vote on their own government after a pre-determined time; ideally, 20 years. Additionally, Dillonism-Picklism is inherently more libertarian than traditional Picklism, as Dillonist-Picklists tend to somewhat favor individualism and, to an even lesser extent, identity politics (although this seldom occurs amongst Dillonist-Picklists).


References

  1. Pickles, Benjamin (2021). Getting things done. Retrieved 06-08-2021.