Holistic-Futurism

Introducing my ideology which officially exists since the 1st January, 2020 (it has been in development since 2019)

The flag of the new ideology with ornaments

How did it come to the creation of a new ideology?

I’ve been politically interested since mid-2014/2015, and during the five years I went from a peace-orientated pension reformer (2014-2016) to a social liberal (economically and socially liberal, 2016-2018) to a social democrat (2018-2019).

As I learned more about the positions of social liberalism and social democracy, as well as the issues my country and humanity faces in the modern world, I soon realized that there’s missing something.

Firstly; it was the neo-classical/neoliberal status quo which worsened global warming, societal problems and environmental pollution. At best, there are attempts to reform the old system without questioning it overall (e.g. the main focus on economic growth despite finite resources and profit maximization) and trying to improve the situation bit by bit. While I consider reforms necessary, the framework as it exists now, makes it very hard to so (as environmental protection laws and combatting climate change has shown, or the very recent and still ongoing pandemic which destroyed much of wealth the middle-class and lower-classes have accumulated).

Secondly; the lack of advanced planning – whether it is a natural catastrophe, a pandemic as it is now, or sustainability in general – is also problematic. Politics shouldn’t just revolve around elections and short-term solutions/policies which help to get re-elected. In fact, I consider it very problematic to not think in decades and centuries, or even millennials. My second point is intertwined with my first, due to it being a systematic issue.
Who’s going to store, regularly examine, maintain and replace masks and ventilators – for instance – in an economy which punishes anything that isn’t profitable?
Naturally, we are underprepared and it has never been as clear as during this devastating pandemic which cost the lives of hundreds of thousand of people.
Moreover, what happens when there’s a solar storm incident – which I also already have written about -? The system, as it exists now, simply isn’t prepared for countless challenges of the future and the present. That’s why there needs to an alternative.

Thirdly; science and pragmatism are still underappreciated, but both are essential for the future. We need to listen to the scientists to effectively combat issues like climate change, and we need to be pragmatic in the implementation of policies (experties and realism). Furthermore, I advocate for the requirement of expertise in the ministries of a government. In other words: the minister of agriculture must have either been a farmer and/or studied agriculture. After all, you wouldn’t employ an engineer as a doctor in a hospital.
This technocratic framework ensures that the ministers are nost just experts on their field, but also act in a responsible manner and admit mistakes instead of playing the political game.

Fourthly; the economy should center around the culture and the people of a country, merely pursuing economic growth hurts both the culture (e.g. music, arts, literature) and the people (burnout, depression, etc.). An achievement-orientated society not only neglects mental well-being, but also underappreciates essential jobs such as cleaners, garbage collectors, healthcare workers, and many other low-paid occupations. Instead of looking down upon so-called „lesser occupations“, we as a society should finally realize that these jobs are absolutely necessary for a functioning modern civilization. Compassion and cooperation over contest and egoism, if you will. That’s also the reason why I think that every job, regardless of the skills needed, should be enough for a person to live financially stable and pursue other interests (from enjoying more leisure time to culturally enrich oneselve by reading about poets, writers, or else).

Lastly; while the western democracies are not perfect, they are still the best system for groups and individuals alike. There, you have the freedom of self-development and freedom to assembly, and there’s no limit of knowledge either (e.g. libraries). The protection, enhancement and participation must be guaranteed to maintain a vivid democracy. Democratization is an ongoing process which requires the people to be a part of it. International exchange, as well as exchange on a national level between the various groups (religious, political and economic), is very important. In both cases, the people need to be given the opportunity to get involved – easily and without bureaucratic obstacles. Especially when it comes to trade agreements, which affect millions of people, there needs to be more transparency. Additionally, a cultural exchange – in Europe between the different EU-members, for example – contributes to a better understanding of the other side and also improves the democracy appreciation to some extent (i.e. comprehend and accept other points of view to improve the overall situation).

These are the main reasons which I either already have elaborated on (e.g. scientification) or going to write about in the future to further understand my position.

Symbols and their Meaning

Symbol of Planet Earth

This symbol encompasses all the others and emphasizes the importance of it. Holism, a nature ethics, considers ecosystem as a whole of being worth to preserve. The question is not whether they are useful to humans or their already-proven positive effects if maintained; the mere existence justifies the right for a forest, for example, to exist. If wood is taken from the forest, it must be ensured that new trees are planted and that it is done in a sustainable fashion. The same goes for farming and everything else.

The Sextant symbolizes Science

In the first section, I already elaborated on the importance of science. The sextant is a well-known scientific instrument, and our modern world wouldn’t exist without the scientific progress over centuries and even millennials. Therefore, there’s no doubt that it is essential for the future. Important to remember: neither politics nor the economy should interfere with the scientific method. The scientific institutions must be supported, protected and respected; the scientific worldview made comprehensive to the wider public (i.e. scientification), politics and the economic players. Once everyone is aware of it, and adheres to the scientific ideals, the ignorance which plagues us to this day will vanish completely.

Star of Isthar

The Star of Ishtar is an ancient symbol of the Sumerian civilization; it represents the goddesses Inanna and Ishtar. In this particular case, the outer circle represents the past which is worth remembering. The 8 triangles of the star have a different meaning in holistic-futurism (since the original was seemingly lost in time anyway): human dignity; past, present, future; culture; the people; knowledge and community spirit. The inner circles represent the planet we live on – it is the smalles common thread on a global scale.
Our history, cultures and achievements all formed on this planet. It is our home.

The blue colour represents democracy; the importance of it has already been described in the last section. In short: democracies allows to freely exercise our civil rights without the fear of consequences from the government (e.g. imprisonment for critizing the government or joining a different party) and also ensure that groups (like workers) have the right to unionize and protest. For the future, this is very important which is why further democratization should be a goal of society – that includes more transparency and decentralization, when possible.

The red colour symbolizes social policies and the well-being of the people. Economic growth shouldn’t be more important than the phyiscal and mental well-being of the people; moreover, leisure time is needed both to recover from work and engage in political or cultural activities (or just doing a hobby/hobbies). A work-life-balance is to be strived for, and that looks different for each person.

Concluding Sentence(s)

I hope that my articles, and especially this one here, explain my new ideology well. If you have any questions, just ask me. Remember, though, that I have yet to write articles about some issues. The more people are interested in it, the quicker I write about it (depending on the level of research needed).

Veröffentlicht von thomasbaroque

Ich schreibe über politische, wirtschaftliche und wissenschaftliche Themen. Meine eigenen politischen Ziele ebenso. / I write about politics, the economy and science (my English isn't that good, though). My own political goals and ideas as well.

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