Adventures in Ethical Consumerism

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Simultaneous Policy

Many of the world's ethical and environmental problems cannot be properly tackled because of competition. If Coca-cola suddenly decides to become 100% ethical, Pepsi will almost certainly murder them in the marketplace. The same can be said of nations. If Britain suddenly decided to impose strict regulations on environmental performance in industry, she would be hurting her own economical standing in the world.

The Simultaneous Policy (SP) is a very clever method for overcoming this little problem:

"As a policy, SP can include any desirable measure that no nation nor group of nations can implement unilaterally for fear of putting itself at a competitive disadvantage. SP could therefore include measures such as the re-regulation of global capital markets, the taxation of transnational corporations, the cancellation of Third World debt, the establishment of higher world environmental standards and measures to promote local economies. SP would thus consist of very many of the changes the Global Justice Movement is presently calling for - but with the key condition that they are each to be implemented by all, or virtually all, nations simultaneously.


"SP is also a process by which ISPO[International Simultaneous Policy Organisation]'s members use their right to vote to bring politicians and political parties around the world to make the " SP Pledge"; a pledge to implement SP simultaneously, when all or sufficient other nations have also made the pledge.

"To make this happen, you and all other citizens around the world are invited to "adopt" SP . Adopting SP means that we each make a personal commitment to vote in future elections, not for a specific politician or party, but for ANY political party or politician – within reason – that makes the SP pledge. Or if you still have a strong party-political preference, adopting SP signifies your desire for your party to adopt it.


"Since SP is only to be implemented simultaneously, there's absolutely no political risk to politicians who make the SP pledge. Indeed, they can make the pledge while still continuing to pursue their existing competition-based policy programmes until such time as sufficient nations have made the SP pledge and implementation can proceed.

"But failing to make the SP pledge could cost them dearly, especially if they're fighting closely contested elections, for they'll likely lose to rivals who have made the SP pledge to attract the SP voting bloc. So SP's growing number of citizen adopters – even if relatively few - could make the vital difference between politicians winning or losing their seats, or even an entire election. With SP, citizens around the world thus have a powerful tool for making it politicians' self-interest to co-operate transnationally to solve global problems."

Signing up is simple and non-invasive.


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