ETHICS and the PROGRESSIVE ETHIC

ETHICS and FIRST PRINCIPLES vs. the Progressive Ethic

The Declaration of Independence and Constitution are the basis of the law of our land.  They have served us well since the beginning and will continue to do so because they are based in First Principles.  Ethics is a first principle.

There’s nothing mysterious about it…

All right then—what are First Principles?   First Principles are what IS—everything else is based upon them; nothing exists without them.   They cannot be deduced, nor can anything be deduced without them.  In Latin: ab initio. They are what in mathematics are called axioms or postulates.  You may use givens.

TRUTH is s a first principle.  So are the EM (electromagnetic) Spectrum and Gravity.  TIME may also be included, as well as PERFECTION.  For us, EARTH is a first principle, as are

ETHICS: A TALE OF TWO ETHICS

ETHICS ISSUES:  LIBERALISM, PROGRESSIVISM and The Rest

The study of ethics goes back at least to the birth of philosophy some 2500 years ago, with Socrates positing that ethical truth was not only rational but demonstrably absolute.  Plato expanded on this thought, and since then countless philosophers have put in their two cents worth with no visible damage to Socrates’s original conjecture.  Aristotle’s subsequent metaphysics defined ethics as “virtue as a means to happiness,” opening the door to scholastic conflict and beginning a long history of questioning just what is meant by happiness (and virtue, for that matter).  Truth, however, remains sacrosanct despite all assaults (and opinions).

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There’s nothing mysterious about it…

The rapid proliferation of newspapers, journals and literary salons in the 18th Century caused an explosion in mass communication that encouraged public venues where ideas, political and otherwise, could be discussed, developed and

DONALD J. TRUMP – Our 45th President

THE TRUMP REVOLUTION

“The times they are a-changin’.”  For the first time since Andrew Jackson, our President is a populist, not a politician.  Donald Trump will prove to be a better President than Jackson, if only for the fact that he speaks and listens—daily—directly with the electorate.  All of them.  Think about it: Ever since the earliest days of his candidacy, Trump has been the headline of virtually every political and other news article.  Every day,  In every media.  Even the mass media who apparently hate him.

Donald Trump is in your face no matter the channel practically 24/7.  If you don’t know who he is and what he stands for, you haven’t been paying attention.  He clearly is not a politician—ask any politician.  If he lies, it’s usually hyperbole and it soon becomes clear what he means, and he

THE PARETO PRINCIPLE and ETHICS in POLITICS

ETHICAL ISSUES:  POLITICS and the PARETO PRINCIPLE

The field of ethics has changed remarkably over the years.  In the 2000 years from Plato to The Enlightenment (was it really?), ethics (originally conceived in the political sense) was correctly identified with virtue. It seems that Plato (and Aristotle) had issues with politics even then.  Things haven’t changed much in the ensuing years.  To diverge, but not really…

The Pareto Principle, commonly known as the 80/20 rule, is an amazing ratio that holds true in most cases of all types (and this is not an exaggeration).  For example: 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people; 80% of the money is owned by 20% of the people; 20% of one’s effort generates 80% of the results; 20% of the defects cause 80% of the problems (and  20% of the work causes 80%

ETHICS ISSUES: GOVERNMENT and ENVIRONMENT

ENVIRONMENT:  NOT YET READY FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Waiting for wind power?  Don’t, because it’s not going to happen.  So far we’ve subsidized wind power research to the tune of $24BILLION, and have not yet replaced one conventional power plant with the technology.  Nor will we.  One reason may be that it would take an area of 300 square miles (THAT’S SEVENTY-TWO THOUSAND ACRES) to equal the electricity produced by one conventional plant on only a few hundred acres.  Of course this would have to be built where the wind blows.  Then of course wind generators only work about 30% of the time, and their maintenance is VERY expensive.  And then the power must be transported/distributed to where it’s needed by an infrastructure of expensive and ugly towers/wire, all the while making noise that you wouldn’t believe, killing birds at a rate

ETHICAL ISSUES: The SECOND AMENDMENT

ETHICS and the CONSTITUTION

Reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Simple enough. It’s about First Principles—the right of the individual to security. http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=183

Note the preface which explains the reason for the protected individual right (the entire Bill of Rights is about individual rights). The militia is necessary to the security of a free (meaning non-authoritarian) state. It’s a free country, after all.  The militia is composed of individuals for their mutual protection (“We, the people”) of their individual rights. “Well-regulated” does not mean government-controlled; this would be self-defeating. It means “of the (responsible) people.” Nor does government determine who is responsible.  Government exists for the purpose of securing equal protection of individual rights. The whole people constitute the Militia. It has the right of revolution and