See Inside Thoughtful Pauses: A Political Philosophy.
The author realizes that elements of this book will not find favor with even those who might accept much of it. While the aim is to offend no one, it is written with no apology.
The ultimate quality and success of a society is not obtained from its institutions, but can only be found in the fabric of its people. It is from their greatness that institutions derive their excellence; and once that fabric is torn, such institutions can only begin to crumble.
Contrary to present practice, society should not be an extension of the law, but the law must be an extension of society. It is society that created the law to act as man’s agent; and it is society, through man’s evolutionary genius, that created conscience to serve its interest for orderly preservation. It is, therefore, man’s conscience, and not the law, that is the true guardian of justice.
The philosophical belief in government of law and not of man is deluding. It is this noble but deluding belief that has brought our legal system to the intellectual dishonesty that ideological justice is more important than truth and justice themselves. Government of law is but government of man, and its quality can only be insured by man’s conscience—not his technique.
The moral intuition for justice must not be usurped by some technical rule of law. Adherence to the legal letter will guarantee controlled intellectual dishonesty by those in a position to maneuver the law for their own benefit.
Chapter One – Society and the Law
That which most significantly defines a country, a nation or any socially organized entity more than anything else is its culture. For it is from the culture that any entity derives its most important ethos— to establish a persona of what is or is not accepted as convention. Culture, this very essence of a nation’s being, translates itself into a personality, which dictates how it behaves within itself among its inhabitants and how it acts outwardly towards other countries.
The manner in which we go about our everyday lives comes to us as a byproduct of our culture. Our political, religious, social and economic structures are developed inherently by our culture. So it is then, our culture, which determines the personality of our politics, ways of doing business and social interactions with others. Without a culture, we have nothing to rely on for knowing what our actions should or should not be. Culture, therefore, defines our conscience and lays out what is or is not accepted as convention.
What must follow, therefore, is the realization that the most effective way to change a nation is to change its culture. If one can change that, one has accomplished a feat more permanent than invading a country. One need not risk lives or defeat by making war. Success by force means occupation, which does not alter the culture while the rewards of war have been usually rather short lived.
Chapter Two – Culture
There exists no weapon more potent than big media’s monopoly for controlling the minds and freedoms of the masses.
They intrude, embellish, exaggerate, bully, prevaricate, invent, ignore, target, intimidate, politicize, and propagandize to foment their elite agendas. A population can recognize the power of physical weapons but cannot discern big media’s destructiveness. All sectors of society are in fear of their attack and yet are impotent to respond in kind. Today, absolute freedom of speech is their domain and theirs alone.
LOSS OF FREEDOM
The first indication of loss of freedom is when select subjects cannot be mentioned or debated openly.
There are two principal types of revolution. One is revolution by revolution – the other revolution by evolution. Each comes with its own fingerprint – one by the use of battle the other by guile. Make no mistake. Both are revolutions in their own right.
LITTLE REASON TO MOURN
When we support a senseless war to send our sons and daughters with no conscription or imminent national danger, then we have little reason to mourn when they do not return alive or whole.
To control the media is to control the misinformation given and the information not given to the public.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Freedom of speech is for everyone—not just for the press, the government, and the politically correct.
INTERPRETATION OF THE LAW
No law, no matter how equitably written, will secure justice when implemented by dishonest men. No law, no matter how poorly written, will deter justice when guarded by men of goodwill.