Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Re-balancing the tripod after the fall of religion
Protestantism and Catholicism have virtually fallen and only capitalism and democracy remain fighting one another, without balancing the old tripod with moral and religious language. The right defends capitalism and the left defends egalitarian democracy, and they do not balance at all.
So can a another tripod be developed? Another religion? Cultural Marxism? I think “universalism” was the consensus that religion brought to the tripod, and sociobiology lends itself well to universalism because it realistically defines universal human nature.
When human nature is universally affirmed throughout human history as being kin-centered, gender defined, age-grading, heterosexual marriage-making, hierarchical, ethnocentric, even xenophobic, and religious-making, among other things, with group-selection as the primary unit of selection, this suggests Ethnopluralism, regions and states set aside for distinctive ethnic cultures, protected by federalism.
The next tripod of capitalism and representative ethnopluralism could then be balanced and universalized with theological materialism, which could provide the religious/philosophical consensus of the next tripod, with the religious goal of evolving in the material world to supermaterial Godhood. The constitutional principle of the separation of powers and states could even lend itself to ethnopluralism.
How does this compare to the old, long-lasting, Indo-European tripartite of priests, warriors and providers? Ethnopluralism and federalism can provide the group-selection base for warrior protection.
(A response to “The Post-Protestant World,” a review by Patrick Deneen, Modern Age, Winter, 2016)