- Why sustainable?
Our children's children
have a right to our natural environment. SAGE legally enforces
sustainability. National constitutions guarantee the rights of future
generations. Ecocide is punished with life imprisonment.
Politicians are legally accountable for the long-term consequences
of their decisions.
- Why altruistic?
As humanity approaches the limits of natural resources, the survival of
humanity depends increasingly on altruism. Without altruism, humanity
will descend into global chaos that will threaten everyone. We have no
choice but to
promote and celebrate altruism. It's now or never.
- Why global?
politicians are elected within countries, but their policies
increasingly have global consequences. Since economic processes are
increasingly globalised, we must increasingly globalise the democratic
regulation of economic processes (e.g. taxation systems).
and SAGE politics
- Why egalitarian?
is not only unjust - it is an obstacle to peace and
fuels violence and perpetuates poverty. Sexist traditions prevent
education for girls with massive
consequences including unsustainable birth
Wisdom is not the same as intelligence.
Scientists have calculated that there are millions of planets in the
universe that could support life similar to life on earth (more
But so far we have not found life in space, let alone intelligent life.
Why? A possible reason is that intelligence is fundamentally selfish.
Sooner or later, it destroys itself.
The human species is already
in this direction. Our intelligence has led to enormous progress in the
natural sciences. But our amazing inventions have unfortunately
included the atom bomb, the internal combustion engine, and global
warming. Global markets are producing enormous wealth and an
unprecedented standard of living for the middle classes, but they are
also perpetuating global
poverty and gradually destroying the entire habitat upon which human
The solution is not intelligence. It is wisdom. Wise people, or sages,
have personal qualities that the world desperately needs. They combine
intelligence with altruism. They combine caring with
understanding and modesty.
can stand back and consider what is best for everyone, in a neutral and
unbiased fashion. They are happy with themselves and the lives that
they have lived, so they are not afraid of dying. They no longer have
personal ambitions beyond helping others, and they have no resentment -
only positive feelings toward other people, in all times and
Unfortunately, not all powerful older people are blessed with
wisdom. That is a fundamental problem, and politics has yet to
overcome it. The solution is not to try to identify sages and put them
into power, because power corrupts. Nor is the solution to idolize
older people, which is the last thing a genuine sage wants anyway.
Instead, we can be inspired by the concept of sagacity. We can strive
to be wise in our everyday lives, and we can develop wise
political strategies at all levels. That's what SAGE is about.
Nor are religious leaders
necesssarily wise. Most
including Christianity, Islam and Judaism have fundamentalist
traditions that are discriminatory and threaten global security. We must
religion out of politics (laïcité) while at the
same time promoting
basic moral principles that are common to all major religions (e.g. the
rule) as well as freedom of religious expression.
SAGE politics is for all age groups. Wisdom can emerge or disappear at any
age. No matter
what we know, we can always know more. No matter what we do, we will
always make mistakes. No matter how big or small our mistakes, we can
always learn from them. We never stop learning.
The German-American political theorist Hannah
Arendt put it in a nutshell when she wrote: "Wisdom is
a virtue of age, and it probably
only comes to those who were neither wise nor sensible in their youth."
(Weisheit ist eine Tugend des Alters und sie kommt wohl nur zu denen,
die in ihrer Jugend weder weise waren noch besonnen.)
rights: The ultimate foundation of SAGE politics
There is one idea that unites all of these
points, and that is human rights.
Declaration of Human Rights
was a response to the Holocaust, the worst crime ever committed. It was
adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948. Today,
one can argue that the survival of humanity will depend on how
well the principles and ideals in this document can be realised. From
that point of view, the Universal Declarion of Human Rights could well
be the most important document ever written. Every child in every
school should learn about it. Every political party in the world should
draw inspiration from it.
Human rights should be promoted at all times,
in all places, and among
of people. It follows that politics must be sustainable, global and egalitarian,
respectively. But politics must also be pragmatic. How can these ideals
be achieved? What it the best approach? Logically, there are two main
ways to achieve human rights. One is for people whose rights are not
being respected to fight for them. In the past, this has been the most
effective method, but it can also lead to violence. If we wish to avoid
violence, we must simultaneously pursue the other route. We
also promote generosity and altruism
on the part of those lucky people for whom rights were never a
problem. That is a difficult goal to achieve, which is why a political
movement is necessary.
Every year, millions of people die
prematurely for anthropogenic reasons. That is, their deaths are
caused, usually indirectly, by other people. Given that our universal
human value system is based on the value of a human life, and human
lives are the most valuable things that we humans know, the global
premature death toll is our biggest problem. SAGE politics puts this
problem at the top of the political agenda in all countries, in the
- In 2021, humanity realized that
COVID-19 can only be solved by immunizing all people in all
countries. That an example of a more general principle. As humanity
approaches the limits of its natural resources, survival increasingly
depends on promoting the rights of all people everywhere.
- At least three million children
and millions of others die every year in connection with hunger. The reason: governments and
rich private industries are maintaining an inefficient, unfair and
unsustainable capitalist globalized system of food production and
distribution. SAGE addresses that problem, and the more general problem
of poverty, by a combination
of strategies based on the best scientific and economic research. They
include globally harmonized taxation
schemes that primarily addresses the rich (wealth tax,
inheritance tax, transaction tax, environmental tax), universal unconditional basic income,
legally enforced international
developmental aid at a rate exceeding 0.7% GDP, legally
enforced universal fair trade.
SAGE places equal emphasis on
rights of individuals and groups. Groups include cultural groups (such as cultural
minorities or indigenous communities) and suffering people (due to poverty,
hunger, disease, or migration). SAGE politics also balances the rights
of present and future people.
- Every year, over a million
people die in connection with violence.
SAGE gets violence under control by controlling its causes, usually by
legal means -- from the international
arms trade to the death penalty,
both of which will be universally banned. SAGE promotes international agreements to limit military budgets and confine
military action and preparation to national self-defense, according to
universal principles of pacifism.
SAGE is based on ideals, but SAGE is
not idealistic. All SAGE policies are practical solutions to
real human problems. All have the same goal, namely to promote human
rights universally and in that way to promote long-term human survival.
The next step
The above text is a draft of a global SAGE manifesto. The text will be
combined with other similar manifestos. On that basis, a global
political party will be constituted. The party will include fair
representation of the Global South, women, indigenous peoples, and
other important minorities. The combined manifesto will be revised and
reformulated in an internal democratic process. As the global situation
develops in the future, the text will be revised again.