CORONARE MODESTUS FAUST: latté-enjoying, wine-loving, internet and book-obsessed Progressive, Social-Capitalist living life with his husband of 20+ years.
When not bemoaning ethical failures or mitigating, in some minuscule way, the social damages he and too many other citizens suffer from “Traditional” American Values (social and business), you might find him in the kitchen with a glass of wine (well, that’s a given) preparing yet another Williams-Sonoma recipe while listening to NPR, jazz, or classical music.
Inappropriate personal agendas and indifference toward obligation and ethics are significant annoyances that he addresses by trying to learn more — what wags the world and why. So you’ll find him often re-reading a book — despite pages being obscured by thin pen lines, thick pen lines, circled words, scribbles, notes, comments, and rebuttal — for the umpteenth time. Or perhaps watching some sci-fi social-commentary movie or (smirking) insightful, thought-provoking shows like, “Two-And-A-Half Men,” “The New Normal,” “Modern Family,” and “The Office.”
CORONARE MODESTUS FAUST is currently working through the conundrum of how so many intelligent, educated people manage to place their feet in their mouths while their heads are so firmly up their arses.
He’s frustrated, and believes the nation is threatened, by libertarianism — knowing the objectivist/libertarian belief system is inappropriate to a fruitful, functional society. Libertarians disregard a profound reality: We are responsible for the decisions we make, yes, but we’re not responsible for the options we’re given. Thus, CORONARE MODESTUS FAUST believes that we should create that “society we would want if we didn’t know in advance who we’d be.”
He sees that another libertarian delusion is establishment of the fanciful “self-made” individual. The laughable concept discounts external influence or inspiration and exhibits a blatant disregard for the interconnectedness that is the human condition.
He remains convinced that we humans do not have to destroy each other to survive (as in two wars extinguishing 100,000+ lives as revenge for the prior killing of 3000) but that we choose to do so… not the nonsense propounded that genetics or patriotism demands it. CORONARE MODESTUS FAUST knows we have the ability to reason and that too many simply choose the easier way of reactive non-thought.
Though imbued with a simmering cauldron of rage just below his deceptively pleasant (and not altogether unpleasant looking) exterior, he’s always willing to self-examine and learn — yearning for family, friends, community members to take the same ride.
The hope… the desire… the craving… for forward movement and betterment on cultural, political, and individual levels are woven into his personal fabric, with key objectives toward equality/equitability*, liberty, fraternity, justice-for-all, empathy, self-awareness, growth, momentum, compassion, and humor.
(*EQUALITY of advancement opportunity and treatment under the law and social memes — EQUITABILITY of rewards and outcomes [economic and social])
It appears that a large number of citizens seeking minimalist government from the Right are for strong government, though, when it favors their perceived social interests, such as interfering with the reproductive rights of women, the marriage rights of non-heterosexuals, and the civil rights of non-whites.
CORONARE MODESTUS FAUST relishes challenging the authority of political, religious, and societal priests, as he liberally supports marriage for everyone, equal rights for everyone, less poison for the environment, progressive taxation, removal of corporate personhood, financial regulation enforcement up to and including criminal incarceration, the elimination of all “consensual crimes,” and many other positions that lead conservatives to squirm uncomfortably in their seats.
The Right will argue that allowing the free market to function will fix our problems. But, the free market doesn’t guarantee social outcomes, merely economic ones. Yes, it may provide more efficiency on the whole and grow the economy faster as a whole, but by itself doesn’t guarantee how wealth is distributed. The Right cannot be indifferent to the consequences of a middle-class life undermined, nor can it be indifferent to half the population’s inability to buy the products and services that businesses sell.
The Left would argue that the solution is for laws to transfer wealth from the rich to the middle class. But, while that would increase consumption, depending on the scope, it could threaten the amount of capital available to investment by the transfer itself and by eliminating incentives to invest. The Left cannot be indifferent to the fact that one can’t invest what they don’t have, and that no one will accept the risk of investment if the payoff is transferred completely away.
CORONARE MODESTUS FAUST understands the take away to be that “reasonableness” must prevail as to the extent, but transfers of some wealth should ensue as a part of the solution. So, let’s avoid extreme redistribution and focus on finding the correct amount that ameliorates the problems at hand (which will improve sales and garner more aggregate profit for firms, shareholders, and stakeholders… alike) while retaining enough incentives to invest and risk take.
As a Social-Capitalist/Social-Democrat**, CORONARE MODESTUS FAUST favors smart government — a government as big or as small as needed to achieve progressive social and capital ends, ensuring that serving “capital” interests must also serve to improve the lives of “We the people” broadly (hence, “Social”).
“Our” government’s job is best done when it benefits all of the people, and not just capital interests — as he interpretes the right favors.
(**Social Democracy is exhibited as an economic precept of Social Capitalism. The contemporary social democratic movement seeks to reform capitalism to align it with the ethical ideals of social justice while maintaining the efficient and wealth-building capitalist mode of production, as opposed to creating an alternative socialist economic system. Practical modern social democratic policies include the promotion of the commonweal, and the creation of economic democracy as a means to secure stakeholders’ rights.)
“This vast number of worlds, the enormous scale of the universe, in my view, has been taken into account, even superficially, in virtually no religion, and especially no Western religions.” – Carl Sagan
CORONARE MODESTUS FAUST blogs about domestic politics, foreign policy, high culture, pop culture, books, film, television, food, automobiles, design, art, patriarchy, oppression, repression, religion, philosophy, marriage, civil rights, gay rights, and anything else that seems to hit his nerve.
Taking exception with the very concept of “American Exceptionalism,” CORONARE MODESTUS FAUST feels compelled to explore these issues in rambling-though-coherent thoughts and an adventurous assortment of arbitrary amusements.
Liberalism is “Life.”
It is an unrelenting pursuit of freedom from physical dangers that can kill or disable us.
- The Liberal believes it is a nation’s job to protect its citizens from physical harm, whether from external sources, such as hostile nations, or internal ones, like crime, disease, or hunger. Without the solid ground of physical wellbeing, our nation and its citizens cannot enjoy the benefits of being free.
- Liberals believe in a strong military, well suited to defend the nation.
- Liberals believe in good laws, hard-working police, and a just legal system to protect its citizens from crime.
- Liberals believe in affordable health care for everyone, to keep our people strong.
- And Liberals believe in the availability of food and shelter for its needy, not as a hand out but as a reasonable step in moving all Americans toward self-reliance and the freedom that comes with it.
Liberalism is “Liberty.”
It is the freedom to do as your conscience dictates without impeding another’s rights. Liberalism established a nation where personal belief and self-determination are protected, not persecuted; where hard work is rewarded, not demanded; and where each person is bestowed with the ability to better his or her life because of citizenship, not class.
- Liberals believe in freedom of speech to protect us from political oppression.
- Liberals believe in sound regulations to protect us from economic oppression.
- Liberals believe in just laws to protect us from social oppression.
- And Liberals believe in quality education to protect us from the oppression of ignorance.
Liberalism is “The Pursuit of Happiness.”
It is the freedom to create an environment where the individual can excel. What is freedom if it cannot be used to better our lives? A truly free society must be one where its members can rise above their limitations and expand their futures — it is “The American Dream,” and it’s alive and well in the heart of the Liberal.
- Liberals believe in equal opportunities for all to rise above our means.
- Liberals believe in equal opportunities to rise above our education levels.
- Liberals believe in equal opportunities to rise above our social status.
- And Liberals believe each and every family should have an equal opportunity to make this world better for their children.
Based on these tenets, Liberalism is not the monster it’s made out to be by the opposition.
- It is pro individual and pro family.
- It is pro community and pro country.
- Liberalism is, by its very definition, the heart and soul of what it means to be an American.
- It stands against tyranny of any kind, whether international or domestic.
- It works to remove abuse and fight crime.
- And it strives to eliminate the idea of a wasted life by not wasting resources and opportunities.