Saturday, February 13, 2016
Claiming Burke in Ethnopluralism
Everyone likes to claim the brilliant conservative Edmund Burke as one of their own, and I do too, if we can imagine Burke having studied sociobiology. This, I contend, will lead to the political structure of ethnopluralism, which I think Burke might have also affirmed, with an upgrading of his views on traditional human nature. Remember Burke said, "We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature."
Sociobiologists could claim Burke too, if they absorbed Burke's idea that we are to take things as they are and not as they might be. This leads to the truths which sociobiology has been coming up with since the time of Darwin. As I repeat here often, in every human culture ever studied, human nature included kin-selection preferences, incest taboos, marriage, hierarchy, division of labor, gender differentiation, localism, and ethnocentrism, and most important to political considerations, group-selection remains the main unit of selection. If cultures propose to not include these things they don't last long, and they always return to these things. These things are also at the core of conservatism and tradition, whereas many of these traits are missing in, say, communism and post-modernism---and were certainly missing in the French revolution, which Burke was not too fond of.
A society that maintain its boundaries, which Burke thought was important, should eventually see the good sense in ethnopluralism, which separate powers, regions, and states into distinct ethnic cultures, in accord with real human nature. Conservatively, the U.S. constitutional principal of the separation of powers and states could accommodate ethnopluralism, protected by federalism.
And finally, I think one of Burke's best ideas was that the “principles of true politics are those of morality enlarged'---which only some in the military still define as true leadership---and this can be applied to the evolutionary end-goal of material evolution moving toward supermaterial Godhood, as seen in the philosophy of theological materialism.
“The means must justify themselves,” said Burke, and the means of evolutionary sociobiology can be applied to the sacred goal of aiding evolution as it moves toward the zenith of truth, beauty and goodness in material/supermaterial evolution, which is Godhood. Conservatism can be included here too, as the symbolic traditional religious experience of the Inward Path to the God Within, as affirmed by Christ, Buddha and others, is retained but transformed in the Outward Path of evolution to real Godhood.