Thursday, August 04, 2016
The romantic conservatism of ethnopluralism: the political philosophy of the future
Burke and Disraeli said change should be arrived at in deference to the traditions of a people and not merely change through abstract principles. Change needs to embrace both principles and active life within a changing environment.
Materialism as we have known it is not enough if it does not lift itself up toward supermaterialism by way of continued material evolution. It is not a romantic spiritualism free of misunderstood materialism but romantic materialism free of misunderstood spiritualism that lifts mankind up.
The good thing about the Ethnopluralism Hypothesis is that it affirms both the romantic laws of changing nature and abstract moral laws and principles. Ethnopluralism is not merely utilitarian and not merely romantic, it is both.
By ethnopluralism I mean regions and states gradually set aside for distinctive ethnic cultures, and protected by the federalism of the constitution. The constitutional principle of states' rights is the legal and conservative way to establish ethnopluralism, without radical revolution. The 10th Amendment to the Constitution preserves the rights of the states and individuals and it could accommodate ethnopluralism if we wanted it too.
If a culture proposes to not include the traits of real human nature the culture does not last long and always returns to real human nature. In every human culture ever studied human nature included kin-selection preferences, marriage, hierarchy, division of labor, gender differentiation, localism, ethnocentrism, with group-selection as the main unit of selection.
Human nature is both rational and irrational, utilitarian and romantic. Science requires religion and religion requires science. Marx was one-sided on the side of a utilitarianism materialism, and religion was one-sided on the side of misunderstood spiritualism.
Ethnopluralism can be grounded in religion, that is, in the religious philosophy of theological materialism, which includes traditional religion in the Inward Path to the symbolic God within, and scientific evolution in the Outward Path of material evolution to real supermaterial Godhood. And the best way to evolve in harmony with nature and human nature is with a variety of ethnic cultures in a variety of separate ethnostates.
I believe this is the political philosophy of the future.