A suite of essays on natural law, natural rights, and the social contract, with special emphasis on the worldwide origins of the ideas, and their development in the West, particularly in the United States.
Because Franklin decided to call Jefferson's idea of natural rights 'self evident,' many people believe they understand them perfectly. However, Jefferson based his conclusions about natural rights on empirical theory, not intuition, as this topic describes. Its implementation of positive law provides definitive and immutable answers to many issues that have been politicized in the USA, which this article describes.
To answer questions of politics properly, one must understand the theories which produced the questions. Otherwise it is no more than blind stabs into an unknown dark. Most people alive today think that requires no more than some relatively trivial Google searches on political science. But POLITICAL SCIENCE, ultimately, can only describe that which IS or IS NOT, because it is a science rather than art. POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY takes a step beyond, to describe that which MIGHT BE.
This article is not an endorsement of 'either side.' It simply summarizes how radical Islamic terrorism picks up on Augustinian ideas of divine law's precedence over human law (as restated in the Qu'ran), with results exactly the same as from Augustinian doctrine in early Christian history. Then after summarizing how the division between church and state came about in the West, it discusses what's best to do about it. By way of preface, there is a very good explanation why you never heard this before, and it is not because the facts are unsound. A truly neutral analysis is beset not merely by criticism, but rather outright condemnation, from all sides. Immediately after sharing this on Facebook, I was banned from three groups, without even an attempt to open the link. Most others said I was wrong for reasons countermanded in the next paragraph. Also I am obligated to state first, I am an American citizen, a Satipatṭhāna Buddhist, a retired Oxford scholar, and have no affiliations with any religious or political organization.
Utilitarianism, transcendental rights, atheistic social contracts, legal positivism, and human rights are new ideas that extend the original social contract of the United States. This topic examines what they are, and how they are likely to evolve.
Marxism is not a political ideal in itself, but a theory of social evolution which has produced new ideas of Communism as a product of poverty of the masses, and secular corruption. This article explores the derivation and implication of the theory.
Natural law works as a homeostatic power system. This topic explores the theory behind this amazing engine of power, which has driven the United States to extraordinary political success for several centuries.
Considering the significance of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" to all Americans, the social contract from which they are derived is the most important yet least understood topic in the United States. This article explains why Jefferson chose the particular words that he did for the Declaration of Independence:
Tracing the three threads of development in ideas of natural law worldwide. In the West, it starts with the Stoic secularism of Cicero. Augustine's theocracy replaces it, spreading to the Middle East and back, via Averroes to Aquinas. Neoplatonism disappears, perhaps merging into the Christian church as divine awe for paternally guided afterlife. But no ideas of afterlife merge into the East or Far East. Instead Buddhist ideas spread Eastwards and transform, with their ultimate realization by Tsongkhapa; but in the Far East, later Han Lo eschews Buddhism, and Taoist ideas merge into Neoconfucianism.
Can Trump avoid reciprocal alienation? This topic starts with an overview of a six-part series on natural rights and the social contract in natural law, then demonstrates how to apply the theory to predict the future with a topical example.