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FOR A FAITH OR BELIEF SYSTEM FOR A MODERN WORLD
The personal political manifesto of
S. Berliner, III
Consultant in Ultrasonic Processing
Technical and Historical Writer, Oral Historian
Popularizer of Science and Technology
Light-weight Linguist, Lay Minister, and Putative Philosopher
I try to keep these many pages up to date by adding and removing and
icons on a timely basis;
please bear with me if I miss a few here and there. - SB,III
[However, I shall not accept responsibility for any inconvenience due to my faulty use
of such icons nor reader's misinterpretation of same.]
I should point out that I only change the date(s) on the affected page(s),
not also on this home page (except when a change is made to this page).
This is the political manifesto page on my own private domain, monismus.com, and I have others, as well, on which I host non-profit organizations and commercial sites.
[Other sites will be added to my primary private domain sbiii.com as they come on line.]
The basic layout of these Monismus pages is that this Manifesto is the nuts and bolts of the Monist system, the Index/Home Page is the introduction to Monismus, the Book of Third Samuel is the philosophy (theology), and the Home Page of Monismus.Org is the foundation document of the Monist Church.
As I note on the home page, others over the ages have put forth their own personal statements of faith; some have become revered as prophets or sages, some have been ridiculed and relegated to the dust bin of history or oblivion. I then went on to claim that I care not what people make of my own testament; it is a profound faith and a belief system that works for me and, if it brings comfort to others, well and good, and, if it is not acceptable to others, they can simply shrug it off. This applies equally to my "politically-incorrect" views of politics (and economics).
To that end, I have the temerity, after over fifty years of thinking about it, to proclaim not only MONISMUS, the faith named, and the MONIST CHURCH, the belief system defined, but also my world view of the political and economic bases for our rapidy-disintegrating (or evolving) "Western" society.
My thought in so doing is that it is not enough to address the spiritual problems of life (in The Book of Third Samuel) but it is necessary to address the means of governance and economic interchange that enable us to function in groups. Such groups can range from the family and friendships to villages, states, nations and even the United Nations.
Further, this is not in any way meant to be a learnèd treatise but, rather, more like a fireside chat, an avuncular summary of what I have learned over a long life.
[As with my treatise on Monismus (in The Book of Third Samuel), this being a personal statement, I decided to write it, too, in the first person.]
To begin with, I am what I describe as a liberal Republican, a throw-back to Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. There is virtually no similarity whatsoever between such and the reactionary, mean-spirited, narrow-minded, end-times oriented immediate past (2008) administration and the conservative (nay - reactionary) present Congress. I like to call myself a "Hamiltonian Republican"; that is one who believes passionately in government of the people, for the people, and by certain people, as long as I am one of them! Not accepting altrusim as a driving force in human relations, I further stipulate that any who repudiate this are only kidding themselves. We humans may be a highly-evolved form of anthropoid ape but we are animals, nonetheless, with all the self-preservative instincts of animals. As such, we always have our own best interests at heart; if such interests serve the greater society, well and good, but, if they do not, watch out! "Me first" is the watchword of the day; our society is only a very thin veneer over our animal nature.
Greed is therefore ever-present among us, inescapable and barely controlled; I will talk to this further.
Because of this tendency to put selfish self-interest before the common weal, we find ourselves burdened with burgeoning codices, restrictive laws, to control our actions which seem to be honored as much in the breach as in the observance. Every day's news brings further evidence of malfeasance in public office, of corporate excess, and of spiritual bankruptcy.
Although an ultra-liberal in theological matters, how do I come to be so conservative politically? I well remember being of this bent when FDR was running for his second term as President and my father, a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and I, a precocious wee tad of 5, argued over the creeping socialism of the New Deal. Mom was a closet European socialist and I couldn't understand how anyone who benefited from the capitalist system could support the Democrats. Dad was an entrepreneur, a proprietor, even then hoping (vainly as it devolved) that I would carry on after him and his father before him. Thus, I early on had a strong feeling for the capitalist system and to this day, believe it to be the best, and only, system that truly rewards individual initiative. The Soviets patted stakhanovites on the head and gave them medals but that was only window dressing, not a dacha on the Black Sea and a ZIS limousine.
So, what's wrong with laissez-faire capitalism, or any form of capitalism for that matter, then? Clearly, something is VERY wrong. It's really quite simple. Capitalism, to work well, requires honest people! And honest people are awfully hard to come by these days!
Why? Why is it so hard to find honest people who could make capitalism work? It is greed, my friends, GREED! It is raw greed that pulls down exhorbitant salaries at the top, greed that arranges obscene golden parachutes, greed that sells shoddy goods at inflated prices, etc.
What to do about greed, then? Why, since it is inherent in the human character, reward it, of course. Celebrate it! Make greed a virtue! I am not
God, nor gods, so I can't lay out formulae, but surely there are wise folk who can, balancing humanity's need for protection against the individual's need to achieve.
In Sweden, according to a Swedish cousin who struggled to keep his factory going in the face of ever-increasing socialist taxation, the government had made it so
unattractive to be an entrepreneur that it barely paid to bother. Contrast that with our present American system of rampant corporate corruption and excess.
Surely we can find a happy medium.
Death Penalty - Is the death penalty ever warranted? My reaction was always a limited affirmation. I heard Jack Ruby shoot Lee Harvey Oswald - "You son of a bitch!" BANG! "Unh!" That was in the parking lot of our church, leaving the ceremony when our older daughter was dedicated (to beauty, truth, and good); we then rushed home to see it replayed on TV. So, I SAW Ruby shoot Oswald, didn't I? Or did I? Son of Sam (not MY son!)?. Charles Manson? The bastard who cut the girl's arms off and left her naked to die in the desert (she survived and he's now out on the streets!)? What do we really know? Hitler, Himmler, Heydrich? Tojo? How about all the people who were proven innocent AFTER their executions? Who are we to take a life in revenge? I guess I must reluctantly say "NO" to the death penalty, but it sure doesn't come easily.
Tbis is clearly a work in progress, but the material presented should serve to give a flavor of how the world could be run to the greatest benefit of all and THAT is a religious concept!
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S. Berliner, III
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