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WHAT IS CONSERVATISM?

January 13, 2017

ETHICAL ISSUES:  CONSERVATISM

Conservatism is not a political issue, nor is what follows a political treatise; it’s more basic than that.  The foundation for conservatism is history and original intent—a return to the basics, ethics being the most basic.  Anyone can do it.

Any society needs a system of rules within which its members can operate to the general benefit. These rules are founded in its values and articulated in its privileges.  The rules of all successful societies including our own begin in ethics and are adapted to the society’s needs and wishes.

Our own rules trace their origin to a paramount need for freedom.  Our laws are founded in a Declaration of Independence from our mother country and empowered by a Constitution written by individuals with a strong moral and ethical base “in order to form a more perfect union.”

Drawing upon the

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THE LIE of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

December 19, 2016

PC: A Progressive Pathology

9c2353addbb6d43329e3ec28db3294d6_9781627874267PC didn’t just happen…IT’S GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN.

Political Correctness (PC) seemed to be merely an annoyance to those of us comfortable with the truth; we assumed that honesty would eventually prevail over its obvious fiction.  Well, we were wrong.  We failed to appreciate the virulence and potential impact of the Progressive movement—only 15% of the population. The ‘right’ to not be offended has become their trump card.  PC has become the new norm, and we hardly notice it.

THE ORIGINS OF PC

PC may have been an issue in China 2500-years ago.  Confucius observed that the first thing to do to restore a state to health was to call things by their right names rather than use understatement to distort the truth…

…but the foundations of modern Political Correctness are found in Critical Theory, an early-1900s product of Germany’s Institute for Social Research (The Frankfurt School).   Based on Marxist conjecture and underlying thesis that “all history is about which groups have power over which other groups,” its goal was to combine social theory, philosophy, economics and cultural criticism to delegitimize reason in favor of emotion and eliminate the distinction between the individual and the group.  It was a deliberate attempt to promote and spread Communism, nothing less.

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THE REALITY of CLIMATE CHANGE

December 17, 2016

THE TRUTH ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

global_warming_by_teabing1CLIMATE CHANGE IS A FACT. Temperatures are increasing and will continue to increase slowly in the immediate future.  Temperature rise will be minimal (perhaps 1 degree by 2020), accompanied by a slight rise in sea levels (nowhere near destructive) because of melting  (largely) arctic ice.  Floating ice already displaces 90-percent of its volume under water, so the increase in water volume due to melting will be limited to about 10-percent of the melted ice volume.  Antarctic ice is land-based, and its volume is increasing.

Currently Earth is in a (geologically well-documented) interglacial period, coming off a glacial period of the recent geologic past (10-12,000 years ago).  There have been, in fact, several prior glacial periods (and interglacial periods necessarily between); some have influenced mankind, and there’s no evidence that this pattern will not continue in the future.  Earth’s temperatures can be expected to vary in such a dynamic system, and they do. In other words, global warming is currently taking place as is its nature.

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ETHICS and RELIGION

December 15, 2016
Is religion ethical?

Ethics in Religion?

What follows uses as an example the Catholic Church, for no other reason than its author, once a practicing Catholic, is most familiar with it. The same probably could be said of other wealthy denominations—the Anglican Church, for instance…

We hear of churches losing membership and the difficulty of attracting men to the priesthood. We also hear about the poverty, hunger and squalor lived by millions in the Third World and yes, other places as well.

On the other hand, we know about the glory of “Rome” and the vast riches on display at the Vatican, and can only guess at the sumptuous lives of the papacy and its minions who have few to answer to except themselves. The resources of the hierarchy are virtually limitless, and still growing.

But the subject of this short essay is not the diminishing of one of the richest institutions on

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ETHICS UNPLUGGED: The Basics

December 13, 2016
ETHICS IS:  UNIVERSAL MORAL PRINCIPLE
Ethics: doing what's right
It’s Time…

UNIVERSAL: Every time, Everywhere

MORAL: Pertaining to Rules of Right Conduct

PRINCIPLE: A Fundamental Truth

Universal Moral Principle – the right thing, anywhere, every time. so,  Being Ethical is:  Doing the Right Thing, Everywhere, Every Time.

What’s Right?

What’s Right is that which acts in the best interests of humanity

Ethics supports the good—ideal—life.  It’s that branch of philosophy dealing with what one ought to do.  What one ought to do is not determined by any one person, no matter how learned, wise or kind, nor would it be affected by circumstance. Ethics does not evolve—it does not change with the passing of time.  It’s a universal given, a first principle. There’s only one path to be followed in any case: that which is in accordance with personal responsibility to humanity. One ought to do

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ETHICS BEYOND the MIND

December 11, 2016

A TALE OF TWO PHYSICS

What follows has to do with life, being, self, and therefore ethics. It requires that we go beyond the physical to the source. Until about a hundred years ago this was decidedly spooky territory. It still is, but with the advent of quantum theory in the 1920s it’s become fertile ground for serious study.

“Mind is the complex of cognitive faculties that enables consciousness, thinking, reasoning, perception, feeling and judgment…”  There’s nothing physical about mind..it is instead a function of the brain and nervous system

There's nothing mysterious about it...

There’s nothing mysterious about it…

(which are things of substance) that in fact enables us to probe beyond the physical. As long as we have it, why not use it?

Consciousness, the essence of life, is truly universal, existing apart from the person as well as within. Consciousness is not a product–it is mind’s foundation. a given, a first principle, an integral and eternal part of the universe that cannot be separated from it and without which humanity (or the universe itself) would not exist. It is, always has been, and always will be, eternal and infinite.

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