The Declaration of Post-Modern Paternalism

The Declaration of Post-Modern
Paternalism

A Radical
Integration of Foreign, Domestic & Personal
Policy.

Draft 3, 12/6/2004
Ernest N. Prabhakar
et
al

We who are blessed with various
resources (e.g., insight, freedom, money) believe our greatest happiness — and
highest self-interest — is cultivating those in others. At the same time, we
humbly acknowledge our ongoing need to cultivate these in ourselves with help
from others.

In light of this, our
universal policy — in our personal, professional, and political lives — is to
simultaneously
Empower,
Respect,
Teach
&
Sustain
others as ourselves. In particular, we commit ourselves to developing habits,
relationships, and systems
that:

1. Empower
Empowerment

We will support those who
empower and reform those who
oppress,

starting ? but not ending
? with ourselves.

2.
Respect Respect

We will give, deserve,
and demand respect

as the only viable basis
for human relationship.

3.
Teach Teaching

We will effectively and
constructively receive, submit & interpret
criticism

in the context of empowerment and
respect ? even for our
enemies.

4. Sustain
Sustainability

We will maximize the
usefulness of all natural, intellectual, and human
resources

for the long-term good of both
producers and consumers.

And in support
of this policy, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and
our sacred honor.

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