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Ideals

The Commonwealth's Philosphy of Ideals

The idea for a just approach to society came to me from reading something from Henry Thoreau's 'Civil Disobedience'

Henry Thoreau subscribed to the philosophy of transcendentalism. It emphasizes idealism rather than materialism; that is, it views the world as an expression of spirit and every individual as an expression of a common humanity. To be human is to be born with moral imperatives that are not learned from experience but which are discovered through introspection. Therefore, everyone must be free to act according to his conscience in order to find the truth buried within.

Thoreau specifically addresses fellow abolitionists who called for the immediate cessation of slavery. Instead of petitioning the government to dissolve the Union with slaveholders, Thoreau believed those reformers should dissolve “the union between themselves and the State – and refuse to pay their quota into its treasury.” Petitions only strengthened the authority of the government by recognizing its authority and honoring the will of the majority. “[Any] man [or woman] more right than his or her neighbors constitutes a majority of one already,” he observes. The reformers who petition government for permission “love better to talk” about justice than to act on it. Thus, Thoreau concludes, “Reform keeps many scores of newspapers in its service, but not one man [or woman].” To men [and women] who prefer a safe strategy, voting becomes a substitute for action and politics becomes a sort of game, like checkers or backgammon, only with a slight moral tinge. To Thoreau, anyone willing to leave moral decisions to the will of the majority is not really concerned that right should prevail. When resisting the poll tax, he did not consult the majority; he acted. If he had allowed the majority to decide whether or not he should pay, by his own standards he would have shown no regard for what is right.

 

The Problem

People have allowed themselves to be persuaded to give up the power of acting to improve society in exchange for system of elected representatives who respond only to the conflicting desires of self-interest materialism.

These self-interest individuals came into existence during the 1970's when people were fed up with conforming to the idea that in order for our society to remain stable, people must repress their inner most desires and feelings. Obviously this lead to real problems over time since people were not learning how to deal with their inner consciousness.

This led to a great deal of unhappiness and people were trying to cover it up though alcohol addition and lashing out at themselves and others. Not really understanding why this was happening people realized that wanted more then to just become an agent that allows society to continue and were moving in the direction self discovery. Though the self-discovery movement people swung from conformity to society to doing the most outrageous things imaginable.

This created a class of people who were very outgoing and became very successful in their own personal pursuits and a lot of these new self-discoverers created the new business world of consumerism which we now find ourselves in.

Somehow though our own self-discovery we lost the desire or ability to balance our individuality with the needs of the people. Many problems of that era now exisit today like homelessness, hunger and the destruction of our planet. If we dont do something soon about these problems we will destroy the planet and we will cease to exist in the current state we are in. Many people we suffer in great numbers though the transition our planet will go though to re-balance from these effects.

 

These are the basic ideals that the Commonwealths operate by in order to remain free of social / political corruption.

  • Henry Thoreau subscribed to philosophy of transcendentalism. It emphasizes idealism rather than materialism; that is, it views the world as an expression of spirit and every individual as an expression of a common humanity. To be human is to be born with moral imperatives that are not learned from experience but which are discovered through introspection. Therefore, everyone must be free to act according to his conscience in order to find the truth buried within.

  • Game Theory The New Party is an effort to construct a new approach to the political process that is fully appropriate to the information age. Rather than attempt to pose “another party”over and against the existing established parties, our intent is to create a platform that sits above the existing political process (“overcodes” it) and is able to take full advantage of the capabilities that are afforded by “Web 3.0”. We consider this approach to be strategically similar to the transformation of politics that was brought about by the last major shift in media – television. In a very fundamental sense, “the medium is the politics”.

  • Revolution: An Instruction Manual A group six Indian tribes all with their own cultures and traditions called the Iroquois that formed a Federation that lasted well before Columbus and up until 1779 when they were conquered militarily by the U.S. Many historians believe that the the Iroquois Federation was the inspiration for the United States, the difference being the Federation never had a central government.