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How would an Objectivist go about constructing a constitution?

Month: January 2006

How do we, as Philosophers, rate?

From Jeff Olstad

It occurs to me, I hear a lot of noise that basically says how everyone else in the world is going to have to learn Objectivism by themselves. We had to learn that way so everyone else can too. So all the other major Philosophies in the world have: Church every week, Conventions, TV shows, audio tapes, magazines and news papers, In some cases, house to house canvasing.

We have conventions true, but all the other philosophies work hard every day promoting their stuff to people one on one and we don’t. I once suggested to someone we start a church or perhaps even take one over. The answer I got was no, we don’t want to do it that way.

Howard Roark built a church to glorify man. We think we can tell people how to live, Right and wrong, Origins of life, How to base everyday life on reality. The list goes on and it’s everything churches try to do.

All mainstream religions are hopelessly messed up, so they in turn mess up a lot of people. However, their method is time tested. It will work for success just as easily and well as for failure.

Why not?

Jeff

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Libertarians, The competition

From Jeff Olstad

I was recently invited to join a libertarian group that is trying to develop a new constitution. They are decidedly anti-Rand, They are second-handing, contradicting, trying to reform socialism.

They are also serious, they have reasonably well moderated discussion, and within the confines of their broken philosophy they are trying to be honest with each other. They are currently going over all the same ground we will have to cover. If they keep it up, they will come up with something, should they have any success politically. It will make our job harder when we finally start.

Let’s go.

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The Venture Party

From Jeff Olstad

When I was thinking about a name for a new political party, I wanted no mistake about it’s vision. Capitalist party would not have worked, It would only be seen as a new right wing party. We needed something entirely new, Basing a new political party on a new philosophy is bold, but what else can we do. There has never before in history been a political party that’s constitution was completely devoid of socialism, but this one will be. There is no point in making any concessions. It is not being built simply to win a election. If it were flawed it would be dismissed by the masses. It will have a tough enough time winning as it is.

So where do we begin, with John Locke.

Jeff

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Aristotle, Plato and the rest of the old guard

From Jeff Olstad

I make a habit of using the first name or a nickname for the philosophers of our past, I have a few reasons for this: 1# even 2500 years is not that long, I consider it all modern history. 2# I think, as Objectivist minded individuals, we have earned the right to speak as philosophers. So, the old guard are merely contemporaries or rivals, not godlike figures we may not question. They were all men, (or women), all capable of mistakes. 3# I find it helpful to consider them equal, to explain I always look at their work on it’s own merrits. I don’t discount it because it’s old and I’ll fry them if it’s bad enough. I don’t care who they are or when.

This is my point of view.

Jeff

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Thomas Jefferson

From Jeff Olstad

Welcome, All Objectivist Minded Individuals

In the spring of 1776, TJ here, In the middle of a big ugly conference, somewhat reluctantly, set about writing the preamble for a constitution.

I have no documentation, but my guess is he went outside and said to himself, “What the hell do I do now”. Being the book worm he was, and being quite far from home, I think he went down to the local library, checked out a copy of a book that was at that time almost one hundred years old. John Locke’s, Two Treaties of Government.

You would think in the last three hundred and sixteen years someone would written something more advanced. No, John Locke is still on the leading edge.
Way to go John.

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