The Golden Rule Patriot
Written by David John Gawron
Below was excerpted from Manifest Synergy: The Golden Rule Patriot.The Economic Liberty Amendments
Where freedom of economic philosophy and equal treatment of enterprise come to exist, there will arise societies in which true free enterprise reigns. Any person or group can develop a concept of life and economics and be free to create and live it. Anyone can establish an enterprise under a philosophy and will be treated equally under the law by government. In order to establish and maintain freedom of economic philosophy and equal treatment of enterprise, Economic Liberty clauses or amendments need to be added to national constitutions to provide the legal framework to guarantee such rights under the law. To encourage the formulation of such amendments and to recognize these important human rights in the world, it is important that the United Nations convene a discussion to consider amending the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to include declarations of these rights.
The following are proposed Economic Liberty Amendments based upon the U .S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the 14th Amendment, and the Equal Rights Amendment, that would have insured equal treatment under the law regardless of sex:
Economic Liberty Amendment: Freedom of Economic Philosophy
Neither Congress nor any State shall make a law in respect to the establishment of an economic philosophy or creed or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
Economic Liberty Amendment: Equality of Rights for Free Enterprise
Equality of rights under law shall not be denied any economic enterprise, by the United States, or any State on account of economic philosophy or creed, nor shall any enterprise be deprived of existence, liberty of operations, or property without due process of law.
Culture is the ultimate creative economic order of the planet. Culture is the living, breathing interaction of human society. Through human activity, Nature is destroyed, altered, conserved, or enhanced. Human creativity thrives in freedom, or decays or becomes deformed through manipulation or oppression. The human imagination, the most explosive factor of Creation, is the nucleus of human creativity. Wedded with the natural world, the human imagination evolves culture and society. Through the marriage of Nature and Human Culture, Creation is reborn. The children of this Re-Creation reap joy and sorrow according to the practice of the spiritual or moral ethics of the individual, the community, and the society.
Each society creates guidelines through which culture develops. The rules of law and the mores societies choose set the parameters within which cultures grow or degenerate. The more confining a society’s strictures, the less opportunity there is for ingenuity to be nurtured. The broader and wider a society’s horizons, the more pluralistic and universal its outlook, the more likely its people will enjoy a diversity of experience, and the more likely its people will engage in a deeper exploration of new ideas. With eyes opened to many ways of thinking and minds aware of a plethora of opportunities to explore, a people’s creativity and invention will blossom in manifold directions, manifesting a culture of vast breadth and depth.
The openness of a society to new ideas is the litmus test for how creative a culture will be. The great universal moral law, the Golden Rule, repeated in all great spiritual and philosophical traditions throughout history, is a code for creating an open society. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto to you” is a code of respect for one another’s personhood and way of life. Applied to society as a whole we might paraphrase, “Allow others the freedom to choose their way of life as you would have others allow you the freedom to choose your own way of life.” Respect one another’s rights to “be” whom one chooses to be. Respect one another’s rights to live, work, invest, and consume as one chooses to live and work and invest and consume, without harming others. Each person is sacred and has the right to govern the course of one’s life in freedom of choice. A society that applies this ideal to its laws and social and political institutions will be a society of great openness, creativity, diversity, liberty, justice, and prosperity.
The choices for humanity in this age of immense economic, military, social, and ecological power, are: Respect one another and live and let live to grasp the fruit of creativity, or violate one another; kill and be killed and spread the wrath of war and terror and the wraiths of poverty and ecological collapse. Respect for one another is the keystone of the arch of freedom, while its antithesis is a prescription for racism, sexism, ethnic and civil conflict, genocide, terrorism, and war. The precious stones of freedom and justice are cut by respect and are set by a commitment to equality and justice. An unparalleled Golden Age awaits Third Millennium humanity when human beings organize cultures and governments that choose to govern with “respect thy neighbor as thyself” as the central guiding principle of decision making. This ethical law needs to be carried out not just in our day-to-day affairs, but as the crux of how government and business exercise policy and procedure. The Golden Rule employed in government empowers citizens to create cultures that are productive, fulfilling and sustainable.
The question of freedom of economic philosophy and equal treatment of enterprise, regardless of economic philosophy, is at its root a question of ethics, morality and law. It is a moral imperative born in the universal ethic of the Golden Rule, which mandates equality of rights and equal treatment of all persons. The Golden Rule asserts that it is the supreme responsibility of all people to allow each other to live their own lives in peace, in freedom, and in self-determination. This acclamation of liberty is inherent in the right of each person to practice the economic philosophy of one’s choice as well as in the right to practice the religion of one’s choice. Indeed, the separation of religion and economic philosophy may often be illogical. It may well be that the fulfillment sought by many people will be found in businesses created with people sharing the same religious faith and using the ideals of their faith to operate their enterprise. The suppression of religions rides the same rails as the suppression of economic philosophies.
Freedom of economic philosophy will manifest a New Renaissance and Scientific Revolution. Freedom of religion opened the doors of history to free scientific inquiry and freedom of thought that stimulated the discovery of massive new knowledge, leading to numerous new inventions. The establishment of free expression of economic ideas will lead to diverse new cultural expressions, innovative enterprises, unique new business structures, and creative new means of organizing enterprises.
Freed of unfair, government-imposed disadvantages and restrictions, novel economic experiments will flourish, creating an ever-expanding laboratory of living, opening up new vistas of expression to meet the needs of communities and the environment. A Golden Rule Economy in which people are free to create their own lives based upon their own economic philosophies, will bring forth a Golden Age. For this Golden Age to be born, the Golden Rule must be carried into law in this new and powerful way, just as the American civil rights movement carried the Golden Rule into law through civil rights laws that destroyed the “Jim Crow” laws of the American South in the 1960’s. The Golden Rule prescribes that each person is sacred and that self-determination is sacrosanct.
With the advent of freedom of economic philosophy, the struggle of ideas will rise to a higher level. Wars between economic philosophies will instead be a competition of minds expressed in free enterprises. The struggle of economic ideology will put aside weapons of war and will instead press plowshares into the ground and lift pruning hooks into trees. The waging of peace will groan in the labors of people of diverse beliefs attempting to fulfill their dreams and build ways of life. These new paths of peaceful, nonviolent economic struggle will be trudged in trial and error. People’s dreams will be planted, some to sprout, soar, blossom, and bear fruit, while others wither and blow away. Failed dreams will be replaced by new germ plasms found in the flowers of other visions, to merge ancient and modern dreams and create new hybrids to bring forth new experiments in living.
Nurtured by the milk of Freedom of Economic Philosophy, human cultures will evolve many economic “species” and grow myriad ways of life. The cultures of earth will be collages as diverse as human beings. The texture of human life will blossom into thousands of forms as billions of minds freely interact, create, and serve. The promise of freedom—freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of economic philosophy—is human culture living in perpetual renaissance. This Renaissance has begun...
Where dictators, monarchs, terrorists, or corrupt elected leaders wreak the violence of bigotry, ignorance, disrespect, and repression, the havoc of war and civil unrest will rage. Nations ruled in the arrogance of power addiction will fall upon swords of chaos and hatred, to drown in blood and ignorance. For where the “ill-golden rule” that is made of greed and power lust reigns in the blasphemy of “he who has the gold rules”, there will be “the rage of dreams deferred, exploding, and withering away...”
The choices are simple: Freedom or repression; Liberty or degradation; Life or desolation; Human potential fulfilled or possibility destroyed. Dreams pursued or nightmares found. Renaissance or Dark Age.