Aren’t “secular” and “religious” mutually exclusive terms? Not necessarily. The term “religion” has two basic senses. The narrow sense of the term that means an historical religion, a self-identified religion, does not include secular religion. But religion in the broader sense is something that constitutes one’s life goal, the highest authority one recognizes, the self-existing […]
U.S. politics and politics in general
There are two key social movements in modern society: the movement to make society more subject to politics and the movement to make society less subject to politics. The former movement is called socialism (it would be better called “politicism”). The latter movement has no single name but is called conservatism more than other names.
The Centrist Project proposes to break the gridlock in Washington by electing five independent Senators. It’s an appealing strategy. But their Centrist Principles show a moderate go with the flow attitude that eschews “ideology” for trendy politics. For example, under Environmental responsibility it reads: “I will act as a steward of the environment for future generations.
In my usage, centrism is distinguished from moderation as follows: The moderate seeks the relative middle so if the winds blow in one direction, the moderate moves in that direction to a moderate degree. In contrast the centrist stakes out a position in the long-term middle so if the winds blow in one direction, the centrist
The first and second article of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was written by George Mason and adopted unanimously by the Virginia Convention of Delegates on June 12, 1776, states: That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of