Topic category: Government/Politics
Chaos and Subsoil
Is there a better way to do the people’s business in commerce, legislation, education, bureaucracy and even religion in a Constitutional Republic?
Chaos Theory views personal drives, organizations - businesses as complex, dynamic, non-linear, co-creative and far-from-equilibrium systems the future performance of which cannot be decided alone by past and present events and actions. In a properly ordered society, Chaos simply means “opportunity presented.”
Subsoil is the combination of Subsidiarity and Solidarity. The foundation of subsidiarity is personal responsibility… the opposite of “entitlement”
Solidarity is not a mob of demonstrators chanting idiocies. It thrives as a nation of free men and women working for the greater good – e pluribus unum.
I call the ideal combination of subsidiarity and solidarity “Subsoil” - a simple derivation of two complicated sounding principles; defining a solid moral, ethical, spiritual and philosophical foundation for real development and commerce.
Subsidiarity, Solidarity and Chaos – Any true environment has chaotically open windows to ideas and associations and the freedom to rise above one’s station in life - even to fail and try again. Personal responsibility, not entitlement is most fruitful where the means to act it out is available to all. The finest example has been lived for generations by the American citizen and the millions of immigrants who came to become citizens to live and strive in that dream.
Lawmaking and bureaucracy must incorporate Subsoil into the conception, design and government operations: Four important questions must be asked, truthfully answered and applied with integrity: Will this new law help or hurt initiative or personal responsibility? Are the people allowed to do their best when challenged? Does the law or its bureaucracy benefit the wider community without focusing on special interest groups? We’re all needy – we always help the helpless!
Will this legislation put people or regions in a rigid plan for central control through taxes, financial manipulation or bureaucratic overreach?
Will the legislation require major government oversight or will it encourage and maximize private enterprise and employment? Opportunities lead to the development of individual gifts and talents and from these, new technologies, industries and services.
The legislative process creates ever growing and overlapping bureaucracies that have become the fourth and dominant branch of government. EPA and the Department of Education are wprst case scenarios. “Rules for Radicals” and political correctness must end up on the trash heap of history. None of the above will work under Sharia Law. Thank God for our Constitutional Republic. Do we deserve to keep it?
Gerald V. Todd
Subsidiarity, Solidarity and Chaos are the "How we Act" threesome of the Nine Points of Beautiful Correctness. These are: How we Think, Act and Operate -
How we Think: Beauty, Ethics and Logic in that order of priority.
How we Act: Subsidiarity, Solidarity and Chaos Theory.
How we Operate: High Touch, High Tech and High Finance in that order of priority.
NOTE: The Nine Points of "progressive" power lines up in exactly the opposite order.
I'm developing the age-old concepts in a book to be called, "Weeds, Wheat and Wisdom." I hope it can become part of Bob's observations in his article about the need for a change in Republican strategy.
Biography - Gerald V. Todd
Jerry is a retired engineer with strong experience in environmental innovation which he still applies today with 2 clean water and energy saving technologies. His life avocation in writing and study of philosophical and biblical themes as they apply to the body politic's spiritual warfare. He survived stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006; now in excellent health. A graduate of the University of Illinois (1958, Industrial Engineering), Jerry had post graduate studies at both the University of San Francisco and the University of Santa Clara in California between 1961 and 1963 (Logic, Marketing). As co Founder and seminar presenter he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Valley Christian University operating under California private-post secondary statutes for mid career student, VCU was the pioneer external degree school for mid career students. Its course structures were picked up by several well known Christian colleges. Hosted local broadcast radio and TV shows, "Religion on the Line" and "The News Firm" (jointly with wife, Joanne), respectively. Jerry has published several books that are available at Amazon. Jerry is available to speak as a visiting lecturer at the high school, college or community organization level. Jerry is married 55 years to Joanne Dean Todd – 3 children, 8 grandchildren.