Structuralist Socialism

Starting to be popular amongst Dutch Students of Philosophy and international relations, Structuralist Socialism is a framework that agrees with the socialist ideals, but rejects its authoritarian methodologies, opting instead to use popular liberal methods to achieve the same goals.

Examples of Structuralist Socialism are:

-Privatization of the educational system with the exception of philosophy and history, entry to university being determined by achieving a range of "educational certificates" such as the already existing CAE or CPE in english.

-Disappearance of inheritance tax and reduced incremented tax on the rich, in exchange for a legal limitation of revenue in relative terms: a president being forbidden to earn more than 10x that of the lowest salary in his company. (open for dispute, standard variant seems to be 5x/10x/15x corresponding to National, international and intercontinental companies)

-increased authority to Mayors, but increased restriction concerning deficits.

-Healthcare paid for per generation, due to the incompatibility of most current European systems of retirement with observed birth rates. (Every generation to pay its own way, and not increase/become the burden of the younger generation.

-Direct democracy made possible through widespread use of the internet. Parliament and political parties solely being there to ensure viewpoints about laws and decisions are presented, after which anyone possessing a valid online ID, that has been coupled with the passport number , can vote on the issue. In the Netherlands, this would mean a simple extension of powers of the Digid system already in place. (note. the right to vote having been proposed to be a privilege that would require training, much as driving a car or owning a weapon)

Origin of Term

Structuralist Socialism = to encourage and aim for the socialist ideals inherited from the French revolution (Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité), through changes in the passive structures regulating economics and society in general, as opposed to the active and hard handed methods of prominent socialist movements

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