With British politics in total disarray there has never been a better time to break the mould.
We are starting our General Election 2015 Campaign NOW, with a series of ongoing street Roadshows up and down the country.
WE WILL REACH OUT TO THE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE
We need your support.
We need just £2000 to launch our first Roadshow in the Summer of 2012
The DRP has the party structure and a growing membership
No one working for the party is taking a salary, so every penny you give will count
Participate in a Roadshow and you can have a good political day out and meet other republicans.
Or, send a cheque.
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The word "republicanism" has been used at various times to mean different things, but there remain three essential usages.
The three usages are not mutually exclusive but indicate the a successive narrowing of the scope. Starting with the broadest meaning, these are:
design the constitution so as to create a just relationship betwen all citizens. Constitutional republicans recognise that a primary danger all societies face is the development of excessive power in the hands of its leader or leaders (executive) which then threatens the goal of justice. This concentration of power is avoided (a) by creating separate institutions of government having separate powers and (b) by rotating executive offices. Monarchy is incompatible with (b) and so anti-monarchism inherently forms part of constitutional republicanism.
Anti-Monarchist or Anti-Royalist Republicanism concerns mainly this last aspect of constitutional republicanism: the desire to abolish the constitutional monarchy. Anti-Monarchism is often motivated by the sense of outright injustice represented by having an inheritary head of state and by the pernicious effect that this.
Civic Republicanism embodies an ancient concept of republicanism that goes back to Cicero and Aristotle. Civic Republicans start by arguing that in order to achieve a good society we need to encourage virtue. This begs the question: how can we create virtue in a secular society? In a religious societies virtue was encouraged by the expectation of reward in the afterlife but clearly this will not do in a "modern" secular society. Civic Republicans argue that virtue can be encouraged in a secular society by correctly designing our institutions. These institutions can be divided into (a) institutions that make up the government and (b) the institutions that make up the civil society.
Constitutional Republicanism concerns itself primarily with (a), the institutions that make up the government, that is to say, the constitution. Its goal is to
has on the whole of society from top to bottom. Matters concerning royal extravagance, unfair tax advantages and the expense of the civil list also motivate anti-Monarchist feeling. All these arguments are important to a Republican Party but it must also look beyond abolition to the kind of society we want. Abolition will represent a one chance to fix many ills. We cannot lose that opportunity..
Single issue parties exist. But, for a party to be long lasting and for it to lay down a tradition, it must embrace the whole range of issues that society faces. For this reason the Republican Party must include Civic Republicanism and Constitutional Republicanism. It must advocate the abolition of the constitutional role of the monarchy, but its primary focus has to be the construction of the society and the constitution that follows abolition.