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The Ecumenics Party

"biblical solutions to social problems"

The Positivist Manifesto

A manifesto is a public declaration of a group's philosophy, encompassing the opinions, policies and goals of the group and its members.

The Ecumenists Manifesto lays out the principles and practices of Ecumenics.

Ecumenics believes positivity is a First Order Principle. We need to be justified by our positivity, the positive value we create, by the fruit we produce.

We are accountable for the costs we create. We not accountable for costs we did not create. Each person is accountable for his or her own costs. We must each accept the burden of our own costs with no onus on us to accept costs created by others.

Positive systems devolve power down to the lowest political constituency in keeping with the principles of subsidiarity. There is no biblical or secular basis by which church and state can be reconciled. The doctrines of human rights and legal rights are not reconcilable.

All power is retained by the people other than that transferred to governments by means of a constitution. All power but that of ownership is assigned.

States have unilaterally and unethically not to mention irrationally usurped the final authority that has always belonged to the human person.

Regulations always exhibit favoritism. Some person always ends up paying costs created by others when there is a group with the authority to determine who owes what. Regulations always create social costs. Government ought to create consensus and function on the basis of a constitutional agreement based on the rights of ownership.

Free enterprise requires regulations. Free enterprise is an incoherent ownership model that promises freedom but necessitates the complicit support of the state. The free enterprise system is the economic equivalent of a survival of the fittest schema. The means of survival within the free enterprise economic model is based on or dependent on acquiring money, or profit.

This creates division and it requires we begin to see people not only as competitors but as prey.

Right and wrong is defined by the coherence of our concepts. We cannot unilaterally impose our values on others. The value of the planet provides an objective guide to progress. The value of the planet is provided by us and is a concept that can easily and clearly be communicated. Intelligence is defined by the degree at which we as a people do that which generates value and inversely reduces social costs. Intelligence refers to the degree to which we exercise responsibility not only over the planet but over our reality.

Right and wrong are defined by the impact actions have on a community and the planet in a more general sense. If our reality conflicts with the reality of others due to inconsistencies in our thought our choices are not rational. Rationality cannot be legislated. No one can define what is right for others or even what is right in every context. Our individual actions in context define right from wrong. This does not mean reality or morality is subjective; in fact, it means the opposite. No one gets to what it means to be useful or of value, to others.

Regulations cannot provide mankind with a conceptually congruent society. We need a more objective foundation on which to build an ethical and prosperous society. Coherency is not subjective it has hard boundaries.

Right actions are aligned with the values of others. Wrong actions lead to a decline in value and an increase in conflict. Wrong actions pit one part of the community against the other.

Progress requires power and resources be stripped from the public sector and transferred to the people if we are to be truly useful.

Administrators have only those powers transferred to them. The powers that it is useful for them to have.

Control of political power is through the purse. We the people retain the right of issuing money. We control the public purse.

All other government power than that provided by the lower levels by and through the form of an assignment of funds is illegitimate.