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All the time we hear people discussing ‘coalitions’ whether it is newly elected parliamentary parties who need to form a majority or just people
getting together to unite under a single banner yet hold different ideas. Alone these beliefs may drift away from relevance yet are very important. It
is unfortunate this happens too often but I think by building coalitions we can propel ideas to the forefront of discussion. That is why I created
this thread, to share a few of my ideas on what could be a possible coalition of ideas and to gauge opinion.
Let me begin by listing the four ideas that would create this coalition: Deep Ecology, Libertarianism, Traditionalist Conservatism, and Nationalism.
Now naturally none of these ideas seem like they are unique matches for even a two-part coalition, but you are thinking within a present-day context
of these ideas. Alone they cannot be allies but underneath, buried within the heart and soul of each lies certain beliefs which inherently unite
: The belief that all beings have worth aside from their utility. Earth’s environment
has a right to live and flourish, just as man does. It is a belief that we must go further than science and government to solve our ecological
problems and that the only answer is within ourselves and our connection to this world. It subscribes to the view that all of nature including man is
interconnected and reliant upon each other for survival. Politically it supports decentralization, ecoregions, breakdown of mass industrialism, and
ending all forms of authoritarianism.
: An ideology which is dedicated to the full development of liberty for all of man. Individual
liberty is viewed as the basic moral principle of all society and should never be infringed upon by foreign forces. Unique in the fact that it is a
movement which regards authoritarianism in all its forms as destructive, believing individuals who do not harm others should be left alone.
: This is a philosophy more than an ideology that
argues in defense of culture, values, ethics, morals, and religious beliefs. It is rooted in the ideas of Edmund Burke but have a meaning which
transcends government itself; a devotion to culture, localism, tradition, agrarianism, natural law, organic unity, and hierarchy. These beliefs can be
added in because it is not an ideological force but rather a philosophical one and being as such it would fit in as an ethical point of view to argue
in defense of traditions, culture, and conservation.
: This is not nationalism in the sense of glorification of the state but rather a
staunch defense of the nation itself. The culture, traditions, environment, history, ethnicity, and preservation are the key points of this idea which
is dedicated to protecting and preserving a national identity. A strong belief in self-determination, limiting immigration, protecting
cultural/national interests, and safeguarding non-governmental institutions should be viewed as a core idea for all peoples.
Now that the defining of each term is over we can get down to the basic tenets. On Deep Ecology its founder, the Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss’s
philosopher was explained as, "For Arne Næss, ecological science, concerned with facts and logic alone, cannot answer ethical questions about how we
should live. For this we need ecological wisdom. Deep ecology seeks to develop this by focusing on deep experience, deep questioning and deep
commitment. These constitute an interconnected system. Each gives rise to and supports the other, whilst the entire system is, what Næss would call,
an ecosophy: an evolving but consistent philosophy of being, thinking and acting in the world, that embodies ecological wisdom and harmony."
Harding, Stephan (2002), "What is Deep Ecology"
The principles of Deep Ecology are explained in 8 points:
1. The well-being and flourishing of human and nonhuman life on Earth have value in themselves (synonyms: intrinsic value, inherent value). These
values are independent of the usefulness of the nonhuman world for human purposes.
2. Richness and diversity of life forms contribute to the realization of these values and are also values in themselves.
3. Humans have no right to reduce this richness and diversity except to satisfy vital human needs.
4. The flourishing of human life and cultures is compatible with a substantial decrease of the human population. The flourishing of nonhuman life
requires such a decrease.
5. Present human interference with the nonhuman world is excessive, and the situation is rapidly worsening.
6. Policies must therefore be changed. These policies affect basic economic, technological, and ideological structures. The resulting state of
affairs will be deeply different from the present.
7. The ideological change is mainly that of appreciating life quality (dwelling in situations of inherent value) rather than adhering to an
increasingly higher standard of living. There will be a profound awareness of the difference between big and great.
8. Those who subscribe to the foregoing points have an obligation directly or indirectly to try to implement the necessary changes.
Devall and Sessions, op. cit., p. 70.
As you can see it is a more philosophical and ethical approach to environmentalism which rejects the rampant corruption, degradation, radical
individualism, and globalism. This is more than a simple view of preserving the environment, it is about our interconnectedness and ethical
requirement to treat nature as it is more than just something for our mere usage for gain. A view of our environment like this corresponds to the
anti-authoritarianism of Libertarianism, adherence to cultural traditions of Traditionalist Conservatism, and protection of the nation of
Traditionalist Conservatism holds in high regard ideas that are usually rejected by Liberal principle. Natural law and transcendent moral order are
the foundations for its belief, arguing reason and divine revelation inform natural law and faith. It is through the universal truths of faith that
man forms his ethics, morals, and lives his life. A belief that tradition and custom guide man and his worldview because each generation inherits
within it the experience and culture of the generations preceding it; this gives man a sturdy foundation from which to organize his world. As Burke
said, "The individual is foolish, but the species is wise."
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