As a potential reply to thoughts presented in the “End of The Enlightenment Experiment”. I’d like to post a possible chain of thoughts that may help unite a country or society. That of a mutual higher ideal. One that may hold opposing contrasts within it, but one that allows a common fabric to be made.
The thought is based upon several factors. The American Constitution, the book “Starship Troopers” by Robert Heinlein along with his “Stranger in a Strange Land”…, and several others I can’t recall as I type this.
The initial premise is this;
Service, is the key factor to uniting a Group. Service for, and in sake of a Higher Ideal (one that isn’t selfish, but self directed).
To run with this, in Starship Troopers, Heinlein presents a notion of a society that is based upon Military Service. If you’re not willing to fight for the ideals of said society, ie a “Republic”. You aren’t allowed to vote or have a say upon the course of the Republic. In my point of view, this would be a good methodology to incorporate into American Politics. Not a draft, but required Military, or Civil Service in Name of the Government.
For the American Government IS BY the People FOR The People. If you’re not willing to voluntarily serve the Government, or any ideal higher than yourself. Like Christian Missionary Work, or “Doctors Without Borders”. You should not have a position in the higher strata of a this postulated Society, I’m advocating for.
Now saying service is Mandatory, may conflict with it being Voluntarily in some people’s minds, but this is not so. It’s only required if you wish to climb this social ladder for the betterment of society. Ancient Greece, had a similar system, in particular Sparta with it’s Helots. Who, albeit, were allowed to be killed upon certain seasons by the full citizens of Sparta (which may or may not be a bad thing). Had this idea of service. If in a simpler form.
To now bring in aspects from “Stranger In A Strange Land”, I’d like to similarly advocate for a type of “Cults & Registration” type notion. Greece, Sparta, like.y fell when the Helots were able to organize, and band together to form a mass political opinion. I say to counter-act this, this Society that I’m fabricating in my Mind should preempt some of these problems by allowing ANY individual to start a “Society”, or a “Clique” that purposely advocates for a Higher Ideal. A sort of micro-state within the bigger State of a Nation-State. They should legally be allowed to do this, and emigrate freely within/from this purported nation.
Life is at the Fringe, and if they can’t support themselves through their own means while abiding by the collective will from above. Ie Laws that state “No Stealing/Murder…etc”…, for the Nation State as imposed by the People’s Leviathan of Hobbesian Philosophy. Takes precedent over the land for it is a form of rule by force, and a minor actor has lesser force to enact their will.
Thus an example; I used to consider myself an “Anarchist”, but only in a sense of resenting Hierarchical Authority from being imposed upon. This is Nietzsche’s Slave Morality. Anarchists from my consideration, don’t have the central authority to have a long lasting commune. It will always be subverted. It can, and will be toppled by any person that has more “Rep/Trust/Authority Mechanism” than the Others within said grouping.
This is natural, and nature. We evolved from Apes who operated in tribe based societies. The biggest ape took over, almost always, and establish his/her rights to dominate. The Juvenile apes often had to band together with apes from a different tribe to “reestablish some legitimacy for themselves”.
Thus if this “Ideal State”, Much like the Federated REPUBLIC OF AMERICA. Is, and is supposed to be. A nation that is built upon the backbone of the Federal States, you know, the State you supposedly Live in. Like Minnesota, Alabama…etc. So none of this should be overly new/offensive.
A trick, I think would be interesting is to establish “Three separate Governments” within the same Nation space (the lay of the Land). Say that most of America’s current problems are stemming from a lack of social coherency. That there is no higher purpose/ideal to unite people. Let us assume for a second, that we could “Re-establish” a Constitutional Monarchy, a Cohesive Oligarchy, and a Elected Democratic Leader.
Say we maintain the President’s Position as Executive Leader. Except add in “titles/claims”. Like “Grand Emperor of America” (maybe call it The Statesman of America as a position), and the like. Say that for each Region of “American Politics”. Like the Midwest vs. the South vs. The Northeast. We have a “petty king/emperor”. A localized ruler that defers to the Statesman.
Much like we already have. Except in our current schema, it seems to me that the Original Constitution was set up for the thoughts of “13 Colonies”…. Not 50 States with such diverse backgrounds. The 13 Colonies were, and probably still are very similar to each other.
A person has to compare, and recall the scope of Feudal Kingdoms in Europe. How many kingdoms were there in such a small landscape. As compared to The U.S.A. There’s bound to be schisms, and discord.
Ideally, in this “Revised America”. The regional “kings” would form a supportive Council to the National King/Figurehead, and elect via “Votes”….like Elector Counts in H.R.E. There’d ideally be a Council of the People (Oligarchy…not the king council) that does the same. Votes for this new Figurehead. And being that Democracy is how most people view America (which it’s not, it’s a Republic). Let there be Mass Electronic Voting.
For all I know, this may or may not work. It is merely thoughts.
In essence, a person could serve a National Higher Ideal in the following means;
Service to the Regional Governors/Kings (not State ones), Service to the Federal States (Civil, or Military Service), Service to the Nation State (Civil or Military), or Service to the People/Idiosyncratic Idealism. Keep those ideas flowing.
Also, Everyone Pays Taxes, except if you’re on the Government Payroll due to service….You’re supporting yourself by Supporting your service. A Feedback Loop.
In hindsight, it sounds very similar to what we already have, but the subtle distinction lies here.
Instead of one Supreme Court, one House of Legislation, and one Executive position. There’d be regional ones which we already do for Law, and Legislation to an extent.
It’d be like a Re-Federation.