Monday, January 04, 2016
What I like best about the political system of the United States
As Daniel Bell said, the essence of modernity is that nothing is sacred. We have to overcome the French Nietzschean-Heideggerian relativism and nihilism which rules postmodern intellectuals---although Nietzsche did have a cause, the superman.
Then there is the so-called “creative destruction” of the neoconservative cabal and its marauding global corporations.
What I like best about the original political system of the United States is the separation of the institutions, separate powers, separate states, and the attempt to balance them.
This system is harmonious with real human nature, which naturally and instinctively separates itself by kin and group preferences, as the science of sociobiology---which the Founders didn't have---recently reiterated.
I see ethnopluralism, the separation of regions and states into distinct ethnic cultures, protected by federalism, as an on-going affirmation of the United States political system.
The United States this way can continue to inspire the world, and we can bring whatever peace is possible to our increasingly unassimilating and discordant country.
My last hope is that theological materialism, with its affirmation of the evolution of material life to supermaterial Godhood—which need not conflict with the symbolic inward God of traditional religion---eventually will offer us the deeper long-term religious foundation going forward, which every great civilization needs.