is about maximizing the safety, well-being and potential prosperity of all people in society; putting the enthuses on human values, on human rights and on humane behavior towards each other. It is the notion that only through reason, respect, empathy and compassion will we create a more beneficial society for all, with justice and with equality.
It is a set of principles that can appeal to the whole of society regardless of their personally held religious beliefs or atheism as it is about recognising that society is designed only by human agency, through optimising human collaboration, around what beneifits us all in this life, here and now, in the shared social secular space. The British Humanist Association's website will explain humanism in greater detail, this website will explain how the principles of humanism can be the basis for a unique new worldview, a worldview that can help us shape our political and social policy so that our priorities are refocussed towards the people, their lives, and their well-being.
Humanism, as a notion, has a history within The British Ethical Society, thought to be the oldest surviving freethought organisation in the world, now based at London's Conway Hall. Humanism emerged as a political movement in the UK in the 1960's and in the early 1980's it was formally established as a political party. Political Humanism flourished in South America too with the speeches and writings of Mario Cobos who became known as just 'Silo'. Today The International Humanist Party has associated members all over the world. It is an advocate for Peace and for Human Rights and for human development towards 'Real Democracy'.
It is upon this foundation stone that Reggie Adams has, in recent years, developed a series of writings for The Humanist Party in the UK, starting with Now Utopia and including over a dozen ebooks covering many areas of political and social discourse. These writings are being brought together in a soon to be released book entitled 'New Britannia - 12 Ideas For A Better Britain (And A Better World)'. From these and other writings The Humanist Party of the UK now has a series of very detailed policy ideas and a manifesto that not only calls for sweeping changes but lays out a blueprint for how they may be achieved and what beneifits to society they would bring. This is a party that aims to rapidly develop society for the well-being of all. It does not necessarily have to gain any political power as a party as long as it is able to have its influence by spreading its approach and a series of useful and practical ideas. You will find all these ideas on this site and ways that you could get involved to bring about the change.
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At the core of the ideas under the Political Humanism banner is a unique new perception of society that helps us unwrap it's complexity, allows us to organise our collective aims and efficiently reach our shared objectives. It is a worldview that is focussed on the human journey and the way that the individual has related to society and the wider world over history. We all have a realtionship to society based on the following six parameters;
1) We all nurture a spirit of determination
2) we have a natural inquisitive mind to understand the world around us
3) We have a biological need to grow, sustain our energy intake and breed future generations
4) We utilise our productivity
5) We have the fortitude to protect ourselves and our things and
6) we use our rationale to decide how to spend our time and energies next
There is a lot more on this subject but this is what we refer to as 'EgoHex' (see Fig 1). As we have evolved socially we have learned to collaborate on all of these activities and we form ourselves into groups with shared aims both in formal constructs and informal arrangements, societal infrastructure and cultural groupings.
It is only when you start to observe society from this narative that you understand it as being made of these six overlapping complex social systems (see Fig 2);
1) The Compassionate Empathic System is the space in which we collectivise on our shared determinations,'the will of the people', and is evident in our political and welfare institutions
2) The Intellectual Progressive System is where we share our knowledge of the world again in both structured formal schooling institutions and within our cultural landscape of literature, film, etc.
3) The Living Bioshperical System is how we organise our sustainance, our food, water, energy as well as our living relationships and groupings that help us find strength in our collective survival, well-being and potential prosperity.
4) The Applied Productivity System is how we organise our great societal divisions of labour into sole traders. skilled workers, company owners etc. as well as the companies themselves and now of course whole programs and virtual systems that seem to have a life of their own
5) The Moral, Legal, Regulatory System holds our collective notions of law, social contract, ownership rights, personal protections etc and
6) The Conceptual Asset Evaluation System which is our way of collectively agreeing on information by subjecting it to rigourous measurement and values such as Kilowatts, litres & barrels, and of course our currencies.
It is only after appreciating this view of society can you then see how we need to move forward. All the problems that face society (see Fig 3) can now be organised by its place in the complexities of these social systems and it allows us to better deal with them in the context of society as a whole. Although in itself it may seem like a complicated way to view the world but in many ways it is the single ideal that has brought complete clarity to some very practical ideas and pragmatic approaches that you are about to read and are part of The Humanist Party. There is a great deal more on this subject that this space cannot give credit to. Please refer to the book 'EgoHex - The New Worldview'.
There comes a times when we must question if our system of Parliamentary Representative Democracy is still fit for purpose especially when we are faced with a potential catastrophy in our ecosystem. Our politcal system has served us well in centuries passed but now surely it is time to develop democracy for the 21st century. MagnaSocia is an online, realtime, system of Direct Democracy where all UK citizens can have their say, deliver their consensus and ultimately choose to vote in or reject new Acts of Parliament. It is an online construct where subject specialists work in committees on 12 Pillars of Governance (and 60 sub committees) to bring about improvements to all areas of social and economic policy that can provide greater safety, well-being and potential prosperity to all UK citizens and still have a positive effect on the rest of the world. The public would need to steer the direction of committees by offering their consensus, by posting comments, by learning about the issues and then on a monthly basis (once annually for each of the 12 Pillars) vote on a new Act of Parliament. Please read more on this subject.
This book, 'New Britannia - 12 Ideas For A Better Britain (and a better world)', is compendium of the works that underpin every policy of The Humanist Party and are based around the political humanist position. Each of the 12 main ideas are explained in depth within their own book because each one takes on a huge subject which needs some explanation as they form the basis of The Humanist Party's political position and therefore it's manifesto. You may click on each book title to get a synopsis of the ideas within. Here I will try to be as brief as possible in my explanation.
The range of ideas start with a simple notion about how we see ourselves as the British voters and tax payers, what essentially is our collective identity and what shared aims we have as a nation state. It introduces the idea that we are an 'Agreed Collective', whether we like it or not, and the power is with us to mould the social space, through the democratic system, into what we want it to be. It is a book that compares today's competing ideological positions, ie neo-conservative, Marxism, Libertarianism etc, and stakes out the new position of Political Humanism within the wider political lanscape and suggests that there are already a range of ideals that combine us as a culture.
The Humanist Party has adopted a new economic model, Collective Sustainable Economics. It's central position is to take the power to create money, through debt, away from the banks and deliver it into the hands of the elctorate, the people who use the money in their every day lives. Now, the idea that private banks are allowed to produce money out of nowhere and then charge us interest on it when you take a loan may seem quite shocking to some, and it should be, some just refuse to believe that's the way it is. We have ended up with a system that is not as beneificial to the majority as it is to the minority, the 1% who have ownership over the banking system. It is only when you start to understand money in this way can you better understand the subject of economics.
There is an obvoius fault in this system in that money ends up being transfered from the wider economy towards the 1% so that banks gradually take ownership of all parts of society, a society that is in debt. Government is in debt as much as most people who have a mortgage or credit cards and most businesses, students now, the NHS etc etc. Banks are having an increasing ownership of our society. The good news is that it doesn't have to tbe this way. The whole thing could be changed if we have a governement that represents us and if there was more knowledge of this subject with the electorate so that we did not continue to have the wool pulled over our eyes.
Once we realise how easy it would be to change this money system then we can further appreciate what benefits it could bring to the nation. Just think about it, all that profit coming from interest on loans could be coming to the state, after all it is the people of the state who are essentially supporting the value of their currency, it is the continuation of them paying their taxes, to maintain the social contract, to continue consuming, borrowing, saving etc. So why not have the benefit return to the state as a whole instead of those who own our banks. We can do this. We could be paying less tax as a result and/or be recieving better services such as schooling, policing and health provisions. This change to the money system is one of the key proinciples of political humanism, 'it's our money'.
I would like to invite you to join us in this epic change to our society. Let's put things right and progress towards a better future. We need you to make this happen. Become a campaigner for us, spread the word, help educate the electorate to the new possibilities. Click below to find out more -
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