The purpose and mission of The Massachusetts Republic is to create The Better World We Know In Our Hearts Is Possible.

 

The Massachusetts Republic is conceiving and co-creating a new cultural paradigm, The Better World We Know In Our Hearts Is Possible, based on an understanding of the problems of our existing culture and a vision of a new cultural paradigm based on the ideals of Freedom (in the domain of Culture), Equality/Justice (in the domain of Governance), and Cooperation/Collaboration (in the domain of Economics), addressed below.

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The Problems of Our Existing Culture

 

1. Our current cultural paradigm distorts the three ideals of:

    - Freedom - in the domain of Culture

    - Equality/Justice - in the domain of Governance

    - Cooperation/Collaboration - in the domain of Economics

    as follows:

 

Culture –

- Our culture is unduly influenced by special interests, government influences, and whatever is profitable.

   Examples:

   - Scientific research and discovery and wholesome solutions are often curbed and thwarted if they in any way present a challenge to the big

      pharma military industrial complex and its ability to generate profits. (Examples: Alternative health solutions challenge the medical establishment and

       big pharma; alternative and free energy solutions challenge the fossil fuel industry; peaceful conflict resolution solutions challenge the military establishment;

      local, organic, and sustainable farming solutions challenge the industrialized agriculture and factory farming industry.)

   -  Mainstream media is controlled by a multi billion-dollar franchise.

   - Our public education institutions are subject to conformity and controls thus limiting the creative impulse and imaginative expression of

      our teachers and youth.

- The existing debt based monetary system controls us; it distorts and thwarts our human nature by compelling us to work to generate

   money as the priority instead of to necessarily meet the needs of our society and thereby fulfill our transcendent purpose.

 

- The private banking system renders "we the people" debt and wage slaves through usury.

 

Governance – 

Instead of a government of, by, and for "we the people", our government is a corporatocracy, bought and controlled by multi-national corporations. Whoever has the money rules us.

 

Economics – 

Our economic system is based on competition and the profit motive.

 

- The existing debt based monetary system results in economic inequality and the concentration of wealth, unsustainable growth and

  consumption, and environmental destruction.

 

- A deceptive, corrupt, and usurious private banking system serves to benefit bank shareholders, usurps the public prerogative of

  issuing the money, and renders "we the people" debt and wage slaves.

  Informational Resources: https://www.justabundance.org and http://www.credittothepeople.org

 

2. The extent to which we as individuals and communities are unconscious and fragmented affects the extent to which our culture is unconscious and fragmented, as summarized above. The extent to which we as individuals and communities are conscious and integrated affects the extent to which our culture is conscious and integrated. As within, so without. We are at a choice point, to unconsciously devolve to our eventual extinction and that of many other species, or to consciously evolve and thrive.

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A Vision of a New Culture, a New Paradigm

The Massachusetts Republic is co-creating a new cultural paradigm based on the following ideals:

1. Threefold Social Order

2. Individual and Collective Integration

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1. Threefold Social Order

 

Based on Rudolf Steiner's threefold social order, we are aligning the three ideals in the three domains as follows: 

A. Freedom - in the domain of Culture 
B. Equality/Justice - in the domain of Governance 
C. Cooperation/Collaboration - in the domain of Economics 

A. Freedom - Culture

 

Our culture needs to be FREE. The following is what we mean by "free": 

 

- By free, we mean we are taught by teachers who value us as individuals and want each of us to discover who we are and what we

   want to do with our lives.

- By free, we mean the freedom to pursue what inspires us, what we are naturally good at, and what we would find ourselves doing

   anyway if we were truly free, free from the demands of having to “earn” a living to pay for our living.

- By free, we mean a society that honors and supports our efforts to achieve personal fulfillment and self-actualization.

 

- By free, we mean a society that acknowledges the value of personal fulfillment to the community at large, and finds value in and

   compensates us for our efforts.

 

The Massachusetts Republic aims to co-create a culture that is based on freedom of expression, creativity, self-actualization, and personal fulfillment - all supported and funded by the community based on its collective judgement.

 

The domain of Culture consists of the realms:
- Science (the seeking of truth)
- Art (the creation of beauty)
- Education/Spirituality (the values and ideals of goodness out of which we live).

B. Equality/Justice - Governance

Our Governance needs to be JUST.

We assure Equality and Justice through Sociocracy, a dynamic system of self-governance of, by, and for the people using consent-based decision making among equal individuals based on a well-conceived organizational structure, operating system, and decision-making process that is clear, efficient, transparent, scalable, and doable.

See https://www.sociocracy.info/what-is-sociocracy/ and https://www.Sociocracyforall.org.  

 

Governance encompasses the Legislative (Funding), Executive (Implementation), and Judicial (Justice) functions.  

 

C. Cooperation/Collaboration - Economics

Our Economy needs to be COLLABORATIVE.

 

We cooperatively manage our resources and satisfy our material needs by utilizing a community created credit system known as Common Good. See https://commongood.earth/

 

Economics encompasses Production (Nature), Distribution (Infrastructure), and Consumption (Needs).

 

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More About The Threefold Social Order​

“Three folding” maintains as separate the domains of Culture, Governance, and Economics, helping to ensure a harmonious relationship between the ideals of freedom, equality/justice, and collaboration/cooperation/community, which may otherwise be incompatible. 

 

For example, equality and collaboration/cooperation/community interdependence in the domain of Culture could lead to mediocrity by, for example, preventing competition to sort out best placement, thwarting creativity, or creating a culture of conformity and compliance. Similarly, freedom in all matters could result in lawlessness, such as the social sanctioning of theft, breaching of contracts, the lack of appropriate rules and regulations (including financial and environmental), and an economic culture based on rampant consumerism and what is most profitable instead of based on cooperation and collaboration to satisfy expressed needs.​

It is clear by the summary of the problems of our existing culture described above that our current cultural paradigm has for the most part confused the three ideals in the three domains. Competition, which belongs in the domain of Culture, interferes with the domain of Economics, which is ideally based on collaboration/cooperation/community through the responsible management of our resources for the benefit of all. Special money interests interfere with our Government, ideally of, by, and for the people and based on justice and equality and the well-being of all (including our environment). Equality, which belongs in the domain of Governance, often interferes with the domain of Culture, for example a public education system based on conformity and compliance. 

An important example of what does distinguish the ideals of justice/equality in the domain of Governance and freedom in the domain of Culture is - Governance being the domain that ensures the freedom of beliefs, and Culture being the domain of the beliefs themselves. Our U.S Constitution addresses this in the “Establishment Clause” of the First Amendment, which is characterized as “the separation of church and state”.​

This does not preclude identifying the values, principles, morals, and ideals that appeal to our common sense of justice and goodness that unify us in the domain of Governance, for example the moral code of “do no harm". This would indeed be consistent with the ideals of equality and justice in the domain of Governance.

In sum, it is important to be conversant in the three potentially conflicting ideals of freedom, justice/equality, and collaboration/ cooperation/community. 


While, as exemplified above, each ideal of freedom, justice/equality, and collaboration/cooperation/community belongs in the three domains of Culture, Governance, and Economics, our sense of justice, which arises from our common humanity, could determine what would best serve the community. For example, we could determine whether it is best to be cooperating or competing, ensuring equality or creating privilege and achieving excellence, having freedom of choice or being subject to what ensures equality and equal access (such as with private or universal health care). TBW gives us the opportunity to cultivate our sense of justice, address the injustices we see, and choose the best course of actions based on what we agree would be good as well as just. 

 

Interestingly, the famous cry of the French Revolution: liberté, egalité, fraternité was a symptom of humanity’s unconscious longing for a threefold social organism later conceived by the famous philosopher and social reformer Rudolf Steiner.

(See http://www.rudolfsteinerweb.com/Threefold_Social_Order.php)

2.​ Individual and Collective Integration 

Ideally, individuals and community members know how to integrate themselves. For additional information on this important ideal, go to Integration

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