Our society is in urgent need of renewal. Hungary, Europe and the World could be much friendlier, better places to live in. We established the party Lehet Más a Politika because we aim to achieve this renewal based on the core values of sustainability, justice, and participation.
We come from different walks of life, but we all want real democracy, social justice and a healthy environment. We know politics can be different and are going to prove it. And yes, we count on everyone.
Why are we different?
New faces, authentic voices. This party is not run by worn-out politicians. It is a joint initiative of hundreds of people with proven professional experience and achievements. We are committed citizens with a clear vision of bringing about change in public affairs on the local, national and European levels.
Clean hands. Instead of powerful interest groups, we represent and rely on responsible citizens. As opposed to existing parties, our finances are fully transparent. What we have we mostly owe to our dedicated volunteers. What we will have we will acquire in a fully transparent way.
Citizens’ dialogue instead of party-monologues. We want to see real people involved in politics. We actively seek your knowledge and opinion. We want you to get your voice heard. That is how we started, that is how we are going on. Nothing but dialogue and feedback can keep politics accountable.
What makes our approach different?
The loss of credibility of democratic politics today is endangering the foundations of social solidarity and people’s faith in democracy itself. When citizens ignore politics, politics ignores citizens. The economy is held ransom by corruption; while a decent living is becoming a dream for more and more people. With inequalities at unacceptable levels, the small minority funding the public purse cannot be further burdened. Narrow group interests easily prevail against weakly represented common interests, thus destroying the environment around us and endangering the lives of future generations.
Renewal is possible, if we recognise and believe that we are working towards it and are willing to cooperate with one another.
We are convinced that renewal can best be achieved by relying on three basic values. These are:
- sustainability, responsibility for an environment worthy of mankind, for the lives of future generations and for global ecological issues;
- social justice and integration, and decisive action against exclusion passed down from generation to generation;
- genuine participation and democracy based on autonomy, where the state is accountable and citizens are actively involved in shaping public policy.
These values are intrinsically linked.
In this century the concept of sustainability will designate the limits of responsible politics. Mankind is currently exploiting the Earth far beyond its ability to renew itself. If we want our descendants to be born on a habitable planet, we have to change this urgently. We cannot claim to be powerless: Hungary is a member state of the world’s leading business power, the European Union, which provides numerous opportunities for action. But ecological sustainability in itself is unrealisable without justice and social participation. The relationship between the ecosystem and human society can only be sustainable if the inner relationships of society are sustainable themselves.
Most political issues are moral issues. The key question is how to conduct public affairs in line with personal human dignity and responsibility for one another, and how to distribute equitably the goods resulting from social cooperation. The concept of justice is indispensable, even if the word has become tarnished by the loss of credibility of Hungarian politicians incessantly using it. In the globalising world the power relations between capital and society are developing in a way which is different from even a few decades ago. It is our joint responsibility to stop entire social groups losing out and becoming isolated, and to stop social exclusion being passed down from one generation to the next. It is unacceptable that in today’s Hungary, institutions financed by taxes are reinforcing social inequalities instead of reducing them.
Democratic institutions must be re-conquered so that we can participate in the making of decisions affecting our fate. Only a community of citizens involved in and aware of public affairs is able to exercise control over the representational system and thus ensure that decisions made in their name genuinely serve the common good – and, within this, justice and sustainability. However, participation is not only a tool of good governance, it is also an objective, one which arises from the need of the human individual for self-determination, and which gives the unique moral value of democracy. It is our conviction that the true reason for the rise of anti-democratic political extremes is the loss of moral credibility of democracy, for which the only long-term remedy is participation.
What is the difference we want to make?
Our aim is a Hungary…
- where our welfare is guaranteed not by destruction of natural systems and at the expense of future generations, but by taking into account ecological limitations, and in cooperation with natural processes;
- in which all citizens – in both towns and countryside – can live in a healthy, attractive environment, and which also makes this possible for our descendants;
- which cooperates with its neighbours to protect its inhabitants and natural systems from pollution from beyond the borders, while taking a responsible role in remedying global ecological problems;
- where we know what we eat and can be sure of the good quality of food;
- where transport and energy management operate with consideration and responsibility for our health and the future of our planet;
- which is not drifting around European integration on the lookout for subsidies but is an initiator, an active player in our broader home, the European Union, seeking to attain the aims of justice and sustainability for which the power of individual nation-states is not enough;
- in which we put a stop to poverty incompatible with human dignity, and to the passing down of poverty from one generation to the next;
- in which no group is excluded from the world of work and social cooperation;
- in which everyone has high-quality access to basic common goods and public services, and in which everyone enjoys the basic security provided by solidarity with the community and has a chance to develop his/her personality and abilities;
- in which the measure of political success is not only the growth of economic performance, but also the just distribution of values created;
- where the basis of increased performance is not the increasing use of raw materials and natural resources, but improving employment and human resources;
- in which democratic politics is not a power struggle between unapproachable, closed groups, but consists of transparent debate and decision-making, open to scrutiny by everyone;
- in which the players of the economy compete with one another on the basis of just and predictable rules, which favour nobody;
- where governance is characterised by transparency, responsibility and long-term thinking, instead of a tangle of secrets, a lack of accountability, preferential treatment of clientele and chasing after short-lived political advantages;
- where pseudodebates in the public sphere give way to substantial discussion of core issues,
- where democrats of different political colours rush as one to defend their basic freedoms, political rights and public institutions whenever they are attacked.