Welcome to THE Rational Rise ⇧
My name is James Fox Higgins, and I am the editor-in-chief and co-founder of this new, totally independent and largely Australian-based online publication.
As the writer of the very first post I get the immense pleasure of offering a few words to explain what this is about. You’ll find more details of this on the ABOUT US pages under the MENU above, but here I can write with a freer stream-of-consciousness and speak to our philosophy and mission a little more loosely.
At the THE Rational Rise ⇧ we are dedicated to a fundamental journalistic philosophy of rationalism. A quick Google search on “rationalism” offers up the following simple definition:
It’s a good definition.
This is not to say that we aren’t liable to get emotional here. You may well find some highly emotional rhetoric from our various passionate contributors. But the important distinction is that the emotions follow from the rational thought. That is to say: we are guided first by reason and knowledge and our emotions are the responses that emerge from the processing of those rational thoughts – sometimes a rather arduous exercise when we are faced with a world led and dominated by largely irrational beliefs, irrational people and, thus, irrational actions.
We are a small band of Australian contributors for the time being, but we hope to extend our platform to like-minded contributors from all over the globe who share the same fundamental principle of rationalism. Within our little tribe of writers already are a colourful bunch of individuals, from different professions and backgrounds, but with some fundamental metaphysics in common that allow us to see the world through the same broad lens – though the details we each focus on may differ – the rational lens, the RIGHT lens.
What do we mean by RIGHT?
My colleagues Rob and Sven who were key instigators in this venture, were present at the moment I thought of the nameTHE Rational Rise. Each of us had a different interpretation of the word RIGHT, and I’m sure that there are many more we haven’t considered. Each of the ones we thought of are relevant, and none of them more important that the other:
The Rational Rise (it is our RIGHT to live in a rational world).
The Rational Rise (the RIGHT way of observing the world is through rational thought).
The Rational Rise (Wing – yes, our rational philosophy has led us to the inevitable position of far right wing politics).
Don’t close the tab just yet though, you may have a misconceived notion of the spectrum of politics.
The simplest explanation of the LEFT – RIGHT political spectrum is that the LEFT represents larger to largest Government intervention in the lives of the citizenry, and the RIGHT represents smaller to smallest Government intervention.
The largest possible Government intervention found at the extreme LEFT of the spectrum is COMMUNISM.
Under communism, the “collective” owns everything and each individual is expected to contribute according to their ability (i.e. the most able contribute the most) and receive according to their need (i.e. the most needy – who are usually also the least able – receive the most resources). Of course, the distribution of resources would have to be decided on and managed by some entity other than individuals (who are seen as immorally selfish in communist ideology) and that’s where the entity of “Government” enters, with its laws, and its guns to enforce them.
The smallest possible Government intervention, found at the extreme RIGHT of the spectrum, is ANARCHISM.
In an anarchistic society, the individual owns his own body, his own time and labour, and the products of his time and labour, and he is free to trade them (or not trade them) with whomever he chooses, without the force or compulsion of a state or other governing entity.
Thus, at the far LEFT is totalitarianism, and at the far RIGHT is total individual freedom.
Between the two poles are a plethora of labels that make major or minor compromises toward each other. Socialists allow more social mobility and some private ownership (under certain conditions) so are considered a “soft” form of Communism. Libertarians like to have a small Government that has a minimal interference in the lives of individual citizens.
There are infinite other positions along the spectrum, but needless to say, all of our contributors at THE Rational Rise find themselves on the far or extreme RIGHT of the spectrum. I myself am an Anarchist. I expect there will be some rigorous debates on this website about the nitty gritty details of each ism and I look forward to sharing those with you in due course.
There is a very strong case to be made for the correlation between LEFTISM and MYSTICISM, as there is also to be made between RIGHTISM and RATIONALISM. It’s a big topic, but I’ll point out the most obvious feature to you:
Leftism relies upon the existence of an entity called the COLLECTIVE. It is sometimes referred to as SOCIETY, THE MAJORITY or even MANKIND. A closely related entity is, of course, GOVERNMENT. But none of these things exist outside of aggregate concepts within the human mind. You cannot see or touch a Government, nor can you have a conversation with Society. These concepts are as intangible, un-empirical and irrational as a belief in a Volcano God, Zeus, Allah or even the Judao-Christian God Yahweh. They are all conceptual notions within the human mind that do not manifest in the empirical realm (they cannot be sensed), and in fact they are inventions of the human mind and only “exist” as an agreement between two or more irrational people.
Rightism, particularly its extreme iteration ANARCHISM, rejects the validity of any kind of rulers, as it recognises the universally applicable principle that the only human entity that we know exists is the individual, and that he must have absolute sovereignty over his body, his time, and the things he produces with the two. Anarchist philosophy defers judgment to the individual and does not attempt to collectivise any number of people without their individual consent and their willing contribution. It is based on rational, consistent and empirically valid principles.
In the above, I have peeled back the hermetic seal of Pandora’s Box just a little… and from some of you reading this I can already hear the #TRIGGERING occurring. In some I could hear the clicking of small X’s to close tabs and never return. In others, I can hear the turning of cogs in your minds – perhaps a seed of doubt has been planted therein, and you’re ready to dig deeper.
In that case, please subscribe, sign up to our mailing list over there ——⇧ and be sure to keep an eye on the many articles and Youtube videos that will be appearing here in the future. We will unpack these ideas more deeply, and with more specificity, and you will get to watch and maybe even take active part in some live Skype debates and discussions.
Thanks for joining us, and let us know if you have any questions or feedback on this or any future articles.
Yours in rationalism,
James Fox Higgins
James has worked in the music business since he was a teenager and now resides near Byron Bay in Australia where he operates a recording studio and writes novels and articles.
James Fox Higgins is the Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Rise.