The Winds of Change are in the Air

In the famous "Brexit" vote, Great Britain recently voted
to leave the European Union to strengthen itself from within.
Following on the heels of the surprise "Brexit" vote in Great Britain, voters in the United States recently produced an even more surprising geopolitical upset by electing Donald Trump as our 45th President.

Whether or not you are personally pleased with these largely unforeseen and seemingly abrupt geopolitical shifts, it is evident that the winds of change are in the air throughout our troubled world.

Or perhaps a more apt metaphor would be that a tropical storm has arisen to blow to pieces the hegemonic status quo, at least ideologically speaking, thereby ushering in a fundamental recalibration of the socio-cultural mores and philosophical paradigms of an entire generation dominated by liberal political ideology.  

Freedom Focused does not endorse political parties or candidates.  We do however, welcome geopolitical events that are conducive to facilitating the pedagogical shifts that we as an institution seek to influence and lead.  While we remain uncertain precisely how recent events will positively or negatively impact our goals on a global scale, we are encouraged by them for at least a couple reasons.

The purpose of this essay is to explicate two of these reasons, and invite you—the Reader—to delver further into our message to see if you agree with our fundamental premises and conclusions, and if so, to share them with others for the sake of the education of our children and grandchildren.

Nile Gardiner is a former aide to Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Prime Minister of Great Britain during America's Conservative Reagan Era of the 1980s.  Gardiner recently wrote an op-ed for CNN.com entitled, "We Are Witnessing the End of the Liberal Era."  In his article, he writes:

"The winds of change are sweeping through the West, challenging decades of conventional wisdom, overturning the dominant liberal consensus, and reviving a greater sense of national identity and self-determination." [1]

Nationalism is on the Rise in the U.S. and the UK
It is "a greater sense of national identity" and the concept of "self-determination" that we at Freedom Focused welcome and support, and that I address in this article.

In previous posts, I have written a great deal about postmodern philosophy, and its dangers to society.  I wish to note up front that it would be a mistake to posture postmodernism as being synonymous with liberalism, despite their many similarities.

Furthermore, an immoral, greedy, narcissistic, conservative capitalist can turn out to be just as evil and dangerous as an amoral, selfish, nihilistic, liberal socialist or communist.  The TRUTH of the matter is that truth, light, and goodness will not be found in either political extreme—or any other extreme for that matter.  Thus it is that pre-structuralism (the far right) is just as potentially dangerous as postmodernism (the far left).  As Aristotle so incisively taught over two millennia ago, VIRTUE, or The Good, is not to be found in extremes, but rather in the mean, or, the perfect balance, between extremes.

The Greek Philosopher Aristotle
384-322 BC
It is, however, no secret that postmodern thought leans to the extreme left rather than to the extreme right.  Pre-structural notions rooted in the radical right are the basis of Radical Islam.  In spite of fear mongering by some on the left, the radical right poses a much lesser problem in the West than it does in the Middle East and other regions where terrorism is allowed to thrive.

While Trump-haters will always try to brand "The Donald" as little more than a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic monster, and while he has brought some of the hate upon himself for things he has said (and the way he has said them) the reality is that he is an imperfect, but practical, businessman who likes to get results.  As such, his Presidency is more likely to resemble the pathway of a pragmatic centrist than that of a ideological radical.

One writer even compared Trump to the Pillsbury Dough Boy, [2] suggesting that he will ultimately conform to a governing approach that is more moderate than either his supporters or his detractors currently want or assume.  Click HERE to read this CNN article entitled, "Don't Worry! Trump is the Pillsbury Doughboy," by Paul Callan.

Notions rooted in the extreme left are the basis of Western postmodernism and the problems it has spawned in recent decades.  Thus it is that the Occident's troubling tilt toward the extreme left the past two generation has left Western Society wavering not only about what is right and wrong, but whether or not there even is a real right and wrong in the first place.

Freedom Focused therefore sees recent political events as a potentially positive geopolitical movement not because they represent the beginning of a march back to the radical right (a place just as dangerous as the radical left), but because we are hopeful that they might represent a collective cultural check that produces a collective revival back toward the Aristotelian Golden Mean — that blessed, non-partisan landscape sought for by the "better angels of our nature." [3]    

Specifically, we at Freedom Focused see these recent geopolitical events as a golden opportunity to revive "a greater sense of national identity" as well as to strengthen our resolve toward "self-determination," two values we hold near and dear to our hearts.  I will discuss these two issues in order.  First, "a greater sense of national identity."

The image of the 26th President of the United 
States is carved on the face of Mount Rushmore 
along with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, 
and Abraham Lincoln.  He is almost universally 
recognized (by a bipartisan milieu of historians) 
as one of our nation's greatest Presidents.
President Theodore Roosevelt taught that:

"A [person] must be a good patriot before he can be ... a good citizen of the world.  Experience teaches us that the average man who protests that his international feeling swamps his national feeling, that he does not care for his country because he cares so much for mankind, in actual practice proves himself the foe of mankind. ... 
Now, this does not mean in the least that a man should not wish to do good outside his native land.  On the contrary, just as I think that the man who loves his family is more apt to be a good neighbor than the man who does not, so I think that the most useful member of the family of nations is normally a strongly patriotic nation." [4] 

At Freedom Focused, we have adopted this common sense notion of Roosevelt's, and turned it into what we call, "The  PATRIOTISM  PRINCIPLE."  In short, this principle holds that you can only help larger units of society if you are a patriotic, contributing member of lesser units of which you play a role.  And you can only help smaller units of which you play a role if you YOURSELF are in proper working order as a healthy self-action leader and moral human being.

The Declaration of Independence
Second, "self-determination."  Our Nation was founded on the ideology that human beings were born into this world with certain "inalienable rights," among which are: "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."  In other words, every man or woman ought to be free to live and act for him or herself— within the confines of the law—in an attempt to secure happiness for oneself and one's family and friends.

In support of these fundamental values, our nation was then built on the exemplary courage, capacity, vision, and divinely inspired intellect which led individuals to act (rather than to be acted upon) in a proactive, conscience-guided manner for one's own prosperity and the good of the collective.  In other words, self-reliance, self-determination, personal responsibility, hard work, and discipline become inalienable duties that each of us holds toward ourself and each other—in recognition that no man is an island, [5] and every person's speech and actions inevitably influence (for good or ill) those around him or her.

Dr. Jensen's new book is a compilation of his
life's and career work to date.
Freedom Focused was founded in large measure to educationally address the profound problems that have arisen all around us because of the disintegration of national unity in the United States and beyond, as well as an atrophy of self-determination—including self-discipline, self-reliance, personal responsibility, conscience-driven decision making, and the dereliction of one's individual, civic, and communal duty.

It is our hope that the recent winds of political change will help to facilitate the cultural resurgence of these two, noble values and virtues.  We further hope that these changes will inspire others to read at length the EDUCATIONAL PLAN we have put into motion to bring about this much needed return to the Golden Mean of national identity and self-determination, without making the mistake, in-turn, of going too far the other way (to the extreme right).

You can get started by reading my new book, Self-Action Leadership: The Key to Personal, Professional, & Global Freedom, or by reading some related articles I have published in the past couple of years.  To access these articles, just click on one of the links below...


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Notes:

1.  CNN.com  November 21, 2016 online article.  Click HERE to read the full text of Gardiner's Article.
2.  Callan, P. (2016). Don't Worry!  Trump is the Pillsbury Doughboy.  CNN.com  November 25, 2016 online article. URL: http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/23/opinions/trump-is-pillsbury-doughboy-callan/
3. A famous phrase from Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, delivered on March 4, 1861 in Washington, D.C.
4.  From Roosevelt's famous speech, Citizenship in a Republic, delivered on April 23, 1910 at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
5. A line made famous by John Donne, a famous 17th Century British poet.



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