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Faustian urGe Manifesto

Ensuring That Serving “Capital” Interests Must Also Serve To Broadly Improve The Lives Of “We The People”

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CORONARE MODESTUS FAUST often bemoans ethical failures while he also attempts to mitigate, in some minuscule way, the social damages he and too many other citizens suffer from “Traditional” American Values (social and business). 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.

Given the circus of extremes on display in society and within the political realm since President Obama’s re-election, 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])

On EQUALITY:

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.

On EQUITABILITY:

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

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.

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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.

Now Is The Winter Of Our Discontent — A Liberal’s Calm Before The Storm

Made glorious summer by this sun of Windy City;
And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried…

…for how long?

For some of us the inauguration of Barack Obama ushered in the potential for an era of liberal progress, of recovery from the dark clouds of George W. Bush… illegal wars, reactionary social policy, and economic destruction.

The republican party nomination process stimulated my presaging fear of tumult as I witnessed enthusiastic applause for the proposed destruction / elimination of women’s’ rights, civil and marriage rights, health care access, criminalized physical expressions of hate, and responsible stewardship of earth’s resources.

While I know that I am not alone in my liberal desires for a more progressive and better nation, it sure feels a lot lonelier.

As I contemplated my sense of alienation and just how far I am away from the American political norm, a battery of political spectrum tests proved that, indeed, I am a Liberal Elite in a right wing, conservative nation…and it is not a good feeling.

For the Liberal Elite contemplating the national mood, it may soon be another kind of Winter…the end (winter) of our contentment…


Pope Benedict XVI: Gay Marriage A Threat To ‘Future Of Humanity’

“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself” -Pope Benedict XVI

VATICAN CITY, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Pope Benedict said on January 9th, 2012 that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined “the future of humanity itself”.

The pope made his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican in which he touched on some economic and social issues facing the world today.

He told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of children needed proper “settings” and that “pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman.”

The Vatican and Catholic officials have protested against moves to legalize gay marriage in Europe and other developed parts of the world. Gay marriage is legal in a number of advanced civilized European countries, including Spain and the Netherlands.

One leading opponent of gay marriage in the United States is New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who fought against gay marriage before it became legal in New York state last June, and in September sent a letter to President Barack Obama criticizing his administration’s decision not to support a federal ban on gay marriage.

The Roman Catholic Church, which has some 1.3 billion members worldwide, teaches that while homosexual tendencies are not sinful, homosexual acts are, and that children should grow up in a traditional family with a mother and a father.

“The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and states; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue,” Benedict told the diplomats.

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Threats To Humanity? Plentiful, but…

Listen, Pope… I’m supposed to take seriously a sheltered, celibate man who dresses in medieval garb? A dress, no less? The validity of your ideas are so far removed from reality, that it confounds why your banal utterances are even reported as news.

Truth be known, Pope, there are real threats to the future of Humanity:

-It’s the Catholic Church that is a threat to the “Future of Humanity”. Look no further than all of the sex scandals rocking the Catholic world, the young boys’ lives you’ve ruined, the deaths you have caused. It’s shameful and an embarrassment to modern civilization­.

-Humanity — the quality or lack thereof — as you advocate… a threat to future of Humanity.

-Religion has throughout history led to judgment and war against the heathen; it continues as a great threat to Humanity.

-Great threat to the future of Humanity: uncontrolled human breeding, which all the major religions not only accept but vigorously promote. Ergo, it’s not a stretch to say that organized religion itself is a threat to the future of humanity, based purely on its stance on birth control.

-Far more than an honest, loving “gay marriage,” it is ” Catholic intolerance­” as the threat to Humanity.

– A clear example of one of the great problems of the world today: “Half” the population has entered the 21st century and the other “half” still has its head in the Dark Ages. All of this “old world” thinking is being driven by the established religions of the world… science and logical thinking be damned.

The Catholic Church. Still hundreds of years behind the times.

No church should ever be forced to recognize gay marriage, or any other kind of marriage which violates its moral standards, but that is NOT the issue at hand, here. Pope Benedict is not worried that the laws of various countries will force his church to accept gay marriages, he is worried that laws allowing gay marriage would allow other religions to recognize them. He wants our government to enforce the Catholic Church’s version of morality.

The Taliban is an evil in the world because it is intolerant­, ruthless, and dictatorial­… NOT because it is Muslim. Your Christian Taliban is no better.

“We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate.” – Ronald Reagan


SHE NEEDS MORE SEX: Rise of The American Social Taliban

American Republicans: “I Do Want to Turn Back the Clock”

Over the weekend, a New York Times editorial properly accused the GOP of waging a “War on Women.” The editors call a spate of bills that would limit funding for abortion, contraceptives, and maternal health initiatives  “an assault on women’s health and freedom” and warn that “this is just the beginning” — which, of course, is true.

But at the staunchly conservative National Review, Kathryn Jean Lopez — entrapped by her own familial/cultural history and the confines of her dictatorial Catholicism — says conservatives aren’t waging a war on women, just a war on sex. She argues that most Americans are entirely too casual about copulating, and as a result…

“we’ve let Planned Parenthood step in as a mainstream band-aid, applying contraception and even abortion to problems that require much more fundamental solutions.”

While most likely a great deal of stress and potential, harmful sexual “acting-out” have been alleviated by movement toward wonderfully enjoyable consensual sex, Lopez would have us believe that because casual sex is inherently harmful… the best solution, then: to defund the organizations that make so much consequence-free hanky-panky possible.

Truth, though, is simply that many Planned Parenthood clients are married women trying to conserve the family’s resources for the children they already have. Conservatives love the unborn and love lots of procreation, but their interest wanes rapidly as the conditions of lives degrade by their own policies.

If liberals accuse Lopez of turning back the clock on women’s rights (and we do), that’s fine with her.

“I do want to turn back the clock,” she says. “To a time when we valued love and marriage and didn’t expect, support, and even encourage promiscuity.”

Oh my! Lions and tigers and bear! Get real!

The American Taliban Party contradiction: Interestingly, it seems to be Right-wing conservatives including Newt Gingrich, John McCain, and Guilianni who have had serial marriages, mistresses, and even discarded sick wives for hotter models, and yet are considered by conservatives to be presidential material.

This conservatism — this American Social Taliban — is inherently pathological… a disease of the mind and spirit… wielding tools of democracy destructively.

The truth of the matter, though, is that bills limiting funding for abortion, contraceptives, and maternal health initiatives are injurious to women. It is absolutely reprehensible that in our modern age we must revisit the conversation of maturing and progressing as a functional society:

  • Yes, let’s go back to putting scarlet “A”‘s on women’s chests and stone a few more in public squares. The National Review was always backward looking, but this is astounding. The American Social Taliban is alive and well in the Republican Party and the hearts of most conservatives.
  • Ah yes, if only we can turn back the clock to that magical, long ago time that never actually existed…
  • Frankly, the new Republican/conservative movement is a regressive return to the social and legal inequalities commonly imposed upon women by a patriarchal culture.

John Stuart Mill — noted late-nineteenth-century British philosopher and authorargued correctly that inequality of women was a relic from the past, but it had no place in the modern world. Mill saw this subjugation of women as a hindrance to human development, since effectively half the human race were unable to contribute to society outside of the home confines.

“… [T]he legal subordination of one sex to another — is wrong in itself, and now one of the chief hindrances to human improvement; and that it ought to be replaced by a system of perfect equality, admitting no power and privilege on the one side, nor disability on the other.”


A Conservative Pathology of Proposals

It might seem hyperbolic to say that Republicans have declared a war on propriety.

Unfortunately, it is not.

Let’s look at only 10 shocking, crazy proposals advanced by Republicans in recent weeks:

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

5) In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8 ) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress voted yesterday on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up)

 


Having a Baby May Be Worse for Mental Health Than Having an Abortion

Now How Could THAT Be?

According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, having an abortion does not increase a woman’s risk of having mental health problems, but actually giving birth and keeping a baby does.

The study, conducted by Danish researchers, based on the medical records of 265,550 Danish women who did not have a history of mental health problems before getting pregnant, “further debunks the notion that terminating a pregnancy can trigger mental illness and shows postpartum depression to be much more of a factor.”

The study’s lead researcher concluded, “A woman should know that her risk of having a psychiatric episode is not increased,” after aborting.

Jezebel isn’t surprised (“having an abortion is essentially the end of the event, whereas having a baby is a 24/7 experience, fraught with both physical and emotional stresses”), and the folks at LifeNews are horrified (“there is plenty of evidence suggesting that the negative effects of abortion may not surface for several years”).