Seven Principled Perspectives of Timothy Barnett
- I am a patriotic, populist American who is unwilling to see the United States abandon its economic sovereignty in a mindless push for short-term growth. While I love my country and esteem the welfare of fellow citizens, I simultaneously care about justice and well-being for decent, responsible people everywhere, regardless of religion, race or creed. I advocate that human affairs be conducted in sustainable ways that don’t interfere with the current and enduring good of the planet.
- I am a devotee of the Federalist Papers and intrigued by the governance philosophy of the covenant documents of the colonial New England states. Individualism has gone too far in trumping many beneficial aspects of communitarianism — healthy community being an important part of helping people make wise decisions consonant with the public good.
- I am concerned about the decline of “quality” in religion. Specifically, much of what parades as religion in America undercuts the common good and is corrosive of the intellect (as Thomas Jefferson and John Adams argued). Honorable religion and constructive morality is consistent with the public interest.
- I seek human betterment, global peace, sustainable ecological systems and competitive approaches to political economy that facilitate the fair reward of constructive enterprise.
- I advocate merit, where merit is deservedness and justice based upon the worth of contributions to the public interest, a genuine and intelligent attachment to the general good, and the furtherance of individual happiness as warranted by personal responsibility.
- True merit and justice is not possible without an honorable religious consensus or collective mission. If America is to build a better future we must develop a praiseworthy mission for the nation (something other than growth or faction-concentrated wealth). Mission development must reflect a healthy culture and an honorable national ethos.
- I oppose monetary policies that enrich multinational plutocratic groups as the means of managing politics. I advocate transparent non-Machiavellian principles supported by the suitable education of the public mind and the promotion of civic best practices. I believe ideology has been hijacked in America and that the polarization of the major parties has weakened the ability of the country to confront challenges on many fronts.