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In 1647, during the English Revolution, the Levellers movement set out an Agreement of the People which was debated at a meeting of the Army Council. Existing state institutions had broken down in the war between King and Parliament and the Agreement was the first attempt in history to write a constitution that embraced democratic political rights. In 2012, the relationship between the state and the people has once more broken down in an irretrievable way. A new Agreement of the People is needed. This is a first draft for discussion and consultation.

An Agreement of the People 2012 (Draft)

Whereas the current British state political system is undemocratic and unjust in that:    

we therefore declare that the present state is a barrier to the real democratic control of society and has effectively disenfranchised the 99%. The right to vote, won in centuries of struggle, has been undermined.

We therefore propose an initiative that has as its aim the transformation of the present political system along democratic lines. We favour a transition from representation without power to a popular sovereignty.

We propose the goals of [1] building a new, independent and decentralised democracy, from below, [2] creating an inclusive written constitution that serves to protect and enhance our liberty and embraces the aspirations of the powerless majority.

To reach these goals we aim to:  

we advocate a new constitution for a 21st century democracy, moving from a constitutional monarchy to a constitutional democracy. This new constitution should have as its guiding principles:

The rights set out below, which a new constitution would incorporate, should form the basis of the new democratic state:

Human and social rights

Economic rights

Environmental rights

Indigenous rights

1 October 2012

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