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My political philosophy can be roughly summed up in the term pragmatic communitarian libertarian socialism.

My ethical philosophy is largely influenced by the virtue ethics of Alasdair MacIntyre, Michael Stocker, and G. E. M. Anscombe, with dashes of Bonhoeffer's situation ethics and Steiner's ethical individualism.

My metaphysical philosophy is largely informed by my Christian faith as well as logical holism, neutral monism, and noetic science (to a more limited extent), also drawing on the Desert Mothers and Fathers, the Tradition of Hesychasm, Sufi philosophy, Wittgensteinian, Heideggerian, Hegelian, Unamunoan, and Deleuzian-Guattarian philosophy, Kabbalah, the esoteric Tradition of Orthodoxy as recorded by Boris Mouravieff, and Rudolf Steiner's system of Anthroposophy

Please note that every sentence after this one should be read with the preface 'Based on what I've read, observed, reasoned, and intuited, I believe that…' and suffixed with '…and this is my interpretation and my interpretation only. Don't get your knickers in a twist.'

Political Philosophy

I am a pragmatic communitarian libertarian socialist, and by that I mean that I believe the following:

  • The state should not exist. If it is to exist, it should be run by the model of DDDD:
    • At the municipal level, the legislative body should consist of all citizens.
    • At higher levels (prefectural, provincial, regional; confederal; other terms may be used), voters elect delegates to the Diet (Congress, Senate, Parliament, Assembly, Council, etc.) of each level by single transferable vote (or some other preferential system). These delegates are proportional to the number of voters and are directly accountable to their constituents.
    • At all levels, in order to prevent the tyranny of the majority, a proposal must be freely deliberated upon and modified until a consensus is reached before it is enacted as law. If the deliberation and modification does not result in a consensus, it is discarded.
    • At all levels, the members of the executive and judicial branches are elected directly by their constituents by single transferable vote (or some other preferential system).
  • Natural resources are common property; everyone using natural resources must pay some sort of 'rent' back to the community.
    • In a minarchist or DDDD-based society, this would be implemented by a single land value tax which is then used to fund a universal basic income and community projects.
    • In an anarchist society, this would be implemented by voluntary associations ensuring that all matters of natural resources are taken care of in a just manner; this also may be the natural state of an anarchist society. See 'Geoanarchism' by Fred Foldvary or The Natural Economic Order by Silvio Gesell.
  • Everyone is entitled to the goods they made and to trade them for goods made by others.
  • All people have the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and property, freedom of thought, speech, association, and assembly, and the rights to trade and to form contracts voluntarily.

Ethical Philosophy

I believe that the highest moral good is Love, or, to be more precise, agapē, which is impartial, universal, and unconditional. In this I agree with Mozi, but I draw my understanding more so from my Lord Jesus Christ.

Thus I agree with Christian situation ethics, as taught by the martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the theologians Karl Barth and Paul Tillich (among others), the latter of whom proclaimed, 'Love is the ultimate law.' In any situation, the most loving choice is the correct one.

As well, I agree with the position of traditional and communitarian virtue ethics, as introduced by G. E. M. Anscombe, formulated by Michael Stocker and Philippa Foot, and further developed by Alasdair MacIntyre, but with roots in the classical philosophical traditions of all cultures and precedent in the teachings of the Church Fathers.

So far, I have found Aristotle's virtue theory sufficient: he argues that eudaimonia, or human flourishing, occurs when one has cultivated about eighteen virtues, each of which is a golden mean between two extremes.
These virtues are:

Vice of deficiency Virtue Vice of excess
Cowardice Courage Rashness
Insensibility Temperance Licentiousness or self-indulgence
Meanness Liberality Prodigality
Pettiness or stinginess Magnificence Vulgarity or tastelessness
Pusillanimity Magnanimity Vanity
Shiftlessness Proper ambition Hubris
Lack of spirit Patience Irascibility
False modesty Truthfulness Boastfulness
Boorishness Wittiness Buffoonery
Cantankerousness Friendliness Obsequiousness
Shamelessness Modesty Shyness
Spitefulness Righteous indignation Envy

Aristotle also mentioned seven other virtues:

  1. Intellect, which apprehends truths.
  2. Science, or skill with reasoning and inference.
  3. Wisdom, which combines apprehension of truth with inferential reasoning to arrive at comprehension.
  4. Good sense, or sympathetic understanding and judgement.
  5. Understanding, or comprehension of what others say.
  6. Practicality, knowledge of what to do and of changing truths.
  7. Craftsmanship, or skill with the arts and sciences.

It is my understanding that these virtues will allow a human being to flourish within their community. But, of course, all of morality and ethics comes down to 'Love the Lord your God' and 'Love your neighbour as yourself.'

Metaphysical Philosophy

I'll update this section later. Read the sources I mentioned in the introductory paragraph to get a good idea of my metaphysical beliefs.

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