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The Ecumenics Manifesto

A manifesto is a public declaration of a group's philosophy, encompassing the opinions, policies and goals of the group and its members.

The Ecumenics Manifesto lays out the principles and practices of Ecumenics.   

Ecumenics assert that we are accountable for the costs we create and not for costs we did not create and that this principle serves as both the basis of reconciling our differences and as the explanation for all division created.

The principles of Ecumenics are consistent with Scripture and the principles of stewardship and the doctrine of Dominionism.

Ecumenics is about caring for the planet as a private possession. Our level of care is defined by the progress our actions create. Progress is a process of adding value to a pool of assets.

Rationalism is a belief in the existence of innate knowledge. We know right from wrong in the sense that we know when we waste and infringe a persons property rights. We know when we harm the planet. Harm manifests as a social cost. The existence of social costs is incompatible with our role as stewards. The liberal state is an ethical absurdity and inconsistent with human rationality as it delegitimizes stewardship and our responsibility for the environment.

Ecumenic Exchanges devolve power down to the lowest political constituency. Exchanges are a practical application of The Golden Rule and the teachings of Scripture. Exchanges are the embodiment of our role as stewards and position as the owners of the cultures of earth.

We own the progress we create and the civilizations established thereon.

The world is rational and conceptual and knowable. Reality is inherently coherent and knowable.

Coherency necessitates separation of Church and state.

There is no biblical or secular basis by which church and state can be reconciled. Each sector is based on a different conception of rights. The doctrines of human rights and legal rights are not reconcilable.

Dominion is considered by some to mean mankind has authority over the world. This interpretation is in error. Humans are not restricted to Dominion over matter or the physical world our authority extends to reality itself. We create reality as we assign value to our experience. Reality is applied reason. Reality is conceptual and is composed of information. The world makes sense because or to the degree, our concepts make sense. The confusion that surrounds the idea of Dominion may be due to the fact we do not have dominion over others nor over reason itself.

Rationality must conform to the logic of information and to the internal coherency of the information. Humans are limited by what we can do, we cannot make contradictory ideas make sense.

Contradictions cannot create or compose reality. This is where our reason becomes subject to a power greater than ourselves. Where our concepts are inconsistent, our world is incoherent, and it is not possible to formulate or understand or fashion reality. Reality conforms to and is created by the laws of logic and communication. We cannot understand what we cannot communicate. What we cannot communicate cannot be comprehended. Rationality depends on a coherent world view that can be communicated.

The world is not Natural it is rational and ethical; natural law does not exist as a form of regulation governing the world. Existence is information and information that is good is rational. Commonality of understanding gives us a consistent reality.

Reason must always prevail in that reason is governed by information. We can make our own choices, but we cannot make choices inconsistent with reason and logic. Invalid choices are incoherent. Incoherent ideas produce a reality that is divisive. Rationality is defined by the logical rules created by God not nature. Only a society that promotes responsible government and stewardship is logically coherent.  Markets that corrupt civil liberties by means of private ownership are as unethical as they are irrational.

Reality is conceptual, but our concepts have to be rational. We cannot have concepts that contradict each other. There is only one way our values will come together without contradiction. The truths of logic defines the parameters of reality.

Rationality is expressed in economics and generates progress. The concept of God is absolutely required for a coherent world view.

It is within the context of one’s nation state that coherency is generated. The freedom to chose must be confined to making the best or most rational choice within the political jurisdiction in which one is located within the structure of a nation state.

Political power resides or ought to reside in the boarders of a nation state. We believe there is a way to live and do business that is more equitable and just than what Global Free Trade Agreements offer.

Debt is not rational. Waste infringes upon our human rights.

Power resides in and flows from the people. We are the source of reality; that is our ability to communicate reality to others defines reality for us all. Reality cannot be based on or rely on or exist with tyranny. Tyranny is not consistent with the logic that underpins reality. No person has the capacity to define coherency. We the people need and demand democracy. Democracy is the only logical possibility in a coherent reality.

All power is retained by the people other than that transferred to governments by means of a constitution. All power but that of ownership is assigned.

States have unilaterally and unethically not to mention irrationally usurped the final authority that has always belonged to the human person.

Regulations always exhibit favouritism. Some persons always end up paying costs created by others. Regulations always create social costs. Government ought to create consensus and function on the basis of a constitutional agreement based on ownership.

Free enterprise requires regulations. Free enterprise is an incoherent ownership model that promises freedom but necessitates the complicit support of the state. The free enterprise system is the economic equivalent of a survival of the fittest schema. The means of survival within the free enterprise economic model is based on or dependent on acquiring money, or profit.

This creates division and it requires we begin to see people not only as competitors but as prey.

The Golden Rule is a First Order Principle. To do unto others, as you would have them do unto you is inherently progressive and requires responsible government. Rationality demands we each pay our own costs. The Golden Rule rejects social costs and interventions by the state.

Right and wrong is defined by the coherence of our concepts. We cannot unilaterally impose our values on others. Ecumenics believe the value of the planet provides an objective guide to progress. The value of the planet is provided by us and is a concept that can easily and clearly be communicated. Intelligence is defined by the degree at which we as a people do that which generates value and inversely reduces social costs. Intelligence refers to the degree to which we exercise responsibility not only over the planet but over our reality.

Right and wrong are defined by the impact actions have on a community and the planet in a more general sense. If our reality conflicts with the reality of others due to inconsistencies in our thought our choices are not rational. Rationality cannot be legislated. No one can define what is right for others or even what is right in every context. Our individual actions in context define right from wrong.

Regulations cannot provide mankind with a conceptually congruent society. We need a more objective foundation on which to build an ethical and prosperous society.

Right actions are aligned with the operations of a local market or Ecumenic Exchange. Wrong actions lead to a decline in value and an increase in conflict. Wrong actions pit one part of the community against the other. Ecumenics seek coherence within the politics of Ecumenics.

Progress requires power and resources be stripped from the public sector and transferred to the private sector. The transfer of powers from the people to the government necessitates the formal adoption of a politics that permits the transfer of wealth be market orientated; that is the politics of Ecumenics. Ecumenics creates a politics of administrators and eliminates the politics of overseers such as exist in other forms of government.

Administrators have only those powers transferred. Administrators have only those powers needed to oversee an assigned duty. Under Ecumenics government administrators have only those powers specifically assigned to them by those whom they govern otherwise the authority wielded is illegitimate.

Control of political power is through the purse. Ecumenics is a market-based political system in which we the people retain the right of assignment. We control the public purse.

Ecumenics does not rely on constitutions which can become stultifying. Somewhat along the lines of the American system, the people retain control of the purse.

All other government power than that provided by the lower levels by and through the form of an assignment of funds is illegitimate.