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IDEOLOGY AND ETHICS SURVEY
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10.

How have the core concepts behind republican government tended to evolve in history?
  One perspective on an.ethical issue:  


An opposing perspective on the same ethical issue:
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"Republicanism" is extremely ancient  
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Only the genius of the Declaration of Inde
among Nordic and Celtic tribes    
pendence and Constitution gives freedom
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It has strong sociological roots among  
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We have a duty to liberate other societies
societies with large middle classes  
with military force in the name of freedom
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Developed to enhance rational pro-  
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We can justify anything as long as we are
  cess; vulnerable to demagoguery    
expanding freedom among others

Sample argument: Something similar in concept to "republicanism" has been around since ancient times as a formalized means to replace tyrants without going through the bloody mess of using assassinations or coup de etats. The best examples in world history are systems found among Nordic and Celtic tribal societies going back to prehistoric times. For example in Scandinavia the parliamentary things are very ancient, similar to what was created in Iceland in the Middle Ages. Republican societies had relatively large middle classes for their era composed of armed free men. They put a premium on individual rights and formalized restraints on their leaders. Europeans tended to be rebellious and prone to replace incompetent or tyrannical chieftains. For example, unlike Asian societies where despots often killed peasants when things went wrong, in old Sweden the free farmers frequently killed their kings in bad times. Various types of republican systems extending from Northern Europe to ancient Greece and Rome played an important role in fostering greater rationality and stability in government. As they became more prosperous, the focus of their leaders changed from resistance to tyranny to outflanking political adversaries by extending voting power to new types of constituents. These societies then became mired in the politics of envy and class warfare, particularly if they became larger multi-ethnic, imperial societies. Demagogues often became de facto tyrants by "gaming the system" and exploiting popular passions, therefore defeating the original intent of the republican systems to begin with.
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Sample argument: Our freedom has been given to us by the legal genius of the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. In addition, republican government and democracy has been developed through history in a linear onward and upward fashion, precedent by precedent, as government size has grown and participation has been extended to increasingly diverse groups. The idea that European white males have pioneered republican and democratic governments since ancient times based upon relatively egalitarian tribal social structures must be racist claptrap. We should emphasize that we owe the U.S. Government and the cumulative wisdom of all of mankind for our freedoms. In fact, the world owes a debt to the U.S. Government for the spread of freedom, which is why it has a right to impose its ideals with military force around the world. We need more hate crime laws to help prevent whites from getting nativist ideas that might lead to forms of white supremacy. We need to correct the racism inherent in school curricula that laude dead straight white males. We need more nonwhite diversity in America, not less, to curb potentially dangerous forms of white pride. We need more progressive income taxation to redistribute more wealth to nonwhites to achieve a more fair society. It was good when the ATF stormed the David Koresh compound in Waco, Texas or took on the Randy Weaver family in Idaho, because the root of the problem involved their involvement in "identity" forms of Christianity that foments potentially dangerous forms of white pride.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTARY:

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Ethical question to the left:
I constructed both this statement as well as the opposing statement to have some red herring elements likely to bait political correctness-programmed jingoist readers.

Superficially the bullet points in the left hand statement look more like a genetic viewpoint than an ethical argument. Superficially, most Americans have been programmed by their controlled national media get turned off by anything that sounds like white tribalism. In addition, on talk radio I hear "patriots" carp all the time about how God gave us the U.S. Constitution and we owe everything to the Founding Fathers and some abstraction called "Judeo-Christianity." I would expect these types of people would likely take the bait on this survey and find the statement to the right to appear much more familiar to them, and hence somehow more "ethical" and appealing.

However, if one starts to think more deeply about the bullet points and the extended statements, one can begin to see how the statement to the left is more of a "mutualist" position, and conversely the one on the right falls more in the "parasite" camp.

The statement to the left has a pragmatic tone, describing how republicanism has developed as a formula to prevent tyranny. It tries to support its arguments with actual historical examples. It suggests that like any system, republicanism has vulnerabilities to such things as demagoguery. In addition, by identifying its racial and tribal roots, it suggests practical limits regarding the way it can be promulgated around the world. Lastly, it suggests that republicanism has been a tool that has enabled white societies to help themselves.

And indeed, white societies should help themselves. Over the long run, in order to survive, charity must begin at home. In the book Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Dr. Wilson offers a genetic argument for why this must be so. Since altruism has a genetic basis, altruists must reinvest in their own kindred type to perpetrate their altruistic traits. If an altruistic people raises alien children to the exclusion of their own who do not have the same sense of innate altruism, the pool of altruistic genes will become parasitically drawn down over time.

There are also libertarian arguments for why charity should begin at home. For example, in order to be incentivized to produce, people require property rights to preserve the fruit of their labor. They also have group genetic property rights where they have a right to reinvest in their own group interests much like they reinvest in their own physical property.

Please note in my chart below, I describe how a "productive" government tries to demystify its own processes and make itself open to grass roots input and scrutiny. In contrast, a parasite government tries to turn itself into a secular state religion as camouflage to hide it's corruption and special privileges for crony groups.

Productive Government
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..... Parasite Government
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Protects lives, property, and human rights   Maliciously destroys lives and property, undermines civil liberties
Renders socially useful services in proportion to the taxes it collects. Eliminates waste.   Grows bureaucracy and waste while raising taxes regardless of services rendered to taxpayers
Increases government accountability and transparency, protects whistle-blowers. Demystifies its processes and makes itself open to grass roots input.   Ruthlessly suppresses any criticism or any challenges to power. Creates a sense of religious awe about itself to stifle objective criticism. Launches ideological crusades without concrete justifications. This is typically done as a smokescreen to hide corruption and special privileges for crony groups.
Demonstrates consistent principles and inspires admiration both at home and abroad   Practices extreme double standards and inspires hatred and loathing at home and around the world
Serves the interests of honest, competent, hard-working, loyal people in society, to include their vital cultural and genetic interests   Serves a few narrow corrupt and disloyal interests at expense of everyone else. Undermines the cultural and racial coherence of core population.
Policies favor strong domestic economic development and job creation, to include the steady strengthening of the technological and manufacturing base.   Runs down domestic manufacturing base while empowering potential enemies
Maintains stable, trustworthy environment that honors contracts, encourages mutually beneficial trade relations   Foments international distrust through unnecessary aggressive wars, deception, barbaric practices such as torture, use of DU Weapons of Mass Destruction on helpless civilians, etc.
Maintains the value of currency, honors commitments to retirees, eliminates unnecessary cash drains on taxpayer   Debauches the currency, cripples or bankrupts country with debt
Protects productive capabilities of the private sector or at least leaves it alone ... Squeezes out the private sector


In regard to the right hand statement:

This suffers from many defects. On a broad philosophical level, it turns the government into a religion to enforce utopian leftist ideals at the point of a gun. "Government-knows-best" leftist coercion is also known as neo-Jacobinism.

It is not true that:

"Our freedom has been given to us by the legal genius of the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. In addition, republican government and democracy has been developed through history in a linear onward and upward fashion, precedent by precedent, as government size has grown and participation has been extended to increasingly diverse groups."

The Founding Fathers were students of ancient republican governments. Many of them helped draft state constitutions that preceded the Articles of Confederation and U.S. Constitution. The anti-Federalists would doubt how much the "Constitution" actually "gave us" compared to the prior Articles of Confederation. In fact, neither document "gives" Americans any rights. Americans already had their rights. The Constitution describes what rights the people allow the government, not the other way around. In the Constitution, the government is constrained and specifically defined by the people it serves. The government does not lord it over the people. This is a very important point that libertarian commentators frequently make on talk shows.

Much of the remainder of this statement is written as mindless leftist diatribe. For example: "We need more hate crime laws to help prevent whites from getting nativist ideas that might lead to forms of white supremacy. We need to correct the racism inherent in school curricula that laude dead straight white males. We need more nonwhite diversity in America, not less, to curb potentially dangerous forms of white pride."

A test for truth is consistency. A test for honest principles is their ability to be fairly applied. Here we have a double standard where any effort by whites to determine their own destiny must be demonized, whereas nonwhite priorities must be sanctified in the name of "diversity." This is very crooked. It leads to the erroneous view of certain brainwashed Americans that somehow "white pride" is "illegal" and deserves violent suppression at places like Ruby Ridge and Waco.

In regard to the second bullet point on the right: "We have a duty to liberate other societies with military force in the name of freedom." The term "freedom" is so abstract and open-ended that it can be used by any tyrant to mean whatever he wants. Similarly claiming that "We can justify anything as long as we are expanding freedom among others" means that the end justifies the means for any situation where a national leader can slap the label "expanding freedom" (whatever that means) and get away with it.

.In my description of parasite government, I mention how one of its characteristics is: "
Serves a few narrow corrupt and disloyal interests at expense of everyone else. Undermines the cultural and racial coherence of core population." Also "Creates a sense of religious awe about itself to stifle objective criticism. Launches ideological crusades without concrete justifications. This is typically done as a smokescreen to hide corruption and special privileges for crony groups."

Sadly, if I wanted to invent public statements by alleged Federal officials as a parody to illustrate the latter points, it would be hard to come up with something more extreme than the real world statements made in complete seriousness by senior members of the Bush Administration.


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