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Progressive Conservatism -The grand narrative for the post-industrial society

Date added: December 01, 2018

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PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATISM - AS THE GRAND NARRATIVE FOR THE POST-INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY, THE BASIS FOR DEMOCRACY BEYOND PARTY POLITICS AND TOWARDS A PEOPLE-FIRST ECONOMY

    1. We affirm that all human progress is the result of individuals cooperating freely and voluntarily for mutual benefit based on trust and the five essential freedoms including: Freedom of speech; Freedom of the press; Freedom of religion; Freedom of assembly and association and Freedom to protest government decisions.
    2. This cooperation cannot be coerced, enforced or directed because this requires the exercise of power. The reason why all collectivist experiments like socialism have failed and will always fail is because “power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely” leading to the breakdown of trust and requiring greater and greater force to maintain civil society until tyranny emerges and society collapses.
    3. Over millennia of civilization we have learned that certain behaviours build trust while others destroy trust. These behaviours we refined, codified into value systems and even built into our religions labeling them as virtues and vices, respectively.
    4. That is why we value and encourage love, humility, honesty, generosity, compassion, kindness and self-sacrifice while rejecting and discouraging their opposites – hate, vanity, dishonesty, greed, callousness and selfishness. The former build trust, while the latter destroy trust and hence undermine our ability to cooperate for mutual benefit.
    5. There is nothing relative about how these behaviours impact on our ability to cooperate based on trust. They are immutable as the law of gravity and this exposes the poison of political postmodernism in relation to how humans build civil societies based on trust.
    6. We instill these values through a process of socialization that starts with parenting, continues through schooling and then reinforced through personal experience in adulthood.
    7. That is why the family unit, as the crucible of the socialization process, should always be considered as sacrosanct. It is the nucleus of civilization and the primary building block of civil society.
    8. Once the lessons are learned and internalized they open the path to an empathic life – the ability to make better decisions and better life choices by expanding our awareness beyond the needs of the self and self-gratification.
    9. The empathic life is the pathway to true, lasting happiness and to a sense of peace at the deepest levels of the human psyche we call the soul.
    10. The solution to almost every social problem is not bureaucrats dictating and directing behaviour, but rather improving human decision-making at both the personal and collective level through a healthy socialization process.
    11. The solution to the scourge of terrorism is not an endless war on terrorism, but rather practical measures that replace the sense of injustice with a sense of hope through a shared vision of the future.
    12. The solution to antisocial behaviour is not bureaucrats controlling and regulating how we think, what we write or what we say, but rather a self-regulating society guided by feedback mechanisms and global reputation management that can be trusted.
    13. Our ability to cooperate is represented by economic power which finds expression in the flow of financial capital around the globe in the free market economy.
    14. To ensure greater fairness, economic power, rather than residing in the hands of the few, should be democratized so that it flows to areas of greatest social value as well as to areas of greatest financial profit, to better suit the needs of the post-industrial society.
    15. We now have the technology to expand and strengthen liberal democracy beyond national borders to help make better decisions in the interest of all people, not just in the interest of nation states.
    16. The future is not governments taxing and redistributing wealth, but rather a self-managing society where people help themselves and help others directly through an economic model that puts people first.
    17. The future is not big taxing, big spending and big footprint government but rather the exact opposite. Small footprint government with politicians who understand their role is to represent the will of the people, not impose their will on the people.
    18. The future is not sacrificing our privacy for the trinkets of free online services. The future is privacy-secure, advertising-free and manipulation-free online services and social networks funded by corporate social responsibility.
    19. The future is not about humans competing with robots for jobs. The future is about utilizing robots to end the need to work for a living with new ways of sharing, cooperating and participating in global prosperity.
    20. We are not just vehicles for profit-making. We don’t always act rationally in our self-interest. In fact, it is when we forsake our self-interest that we truly become human.

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