Radical Positivism


Open to all,

its definitive credo is:

Universal human progress by private and voluntary means.

The Trillion-Dollar Vision of Dee Hock

The corporate radical who organized Visa wants to dis-organize your company.

by M. Mitchell Waldrop

Photographs by Christine Alicino / First appeared: Fast Company issue 5 page 75

Copyright Fast Company 1996

(A Racial Positivist Preface -- Not A Part of the Article Linked Below)

As humans, like all creatures, we judge good and evil, benefit and detriment, right and wrong according to our own sensations, perceptions, and cognitions.

Good is what makes a human feel good. A greater good is what makes a human experience the greatest net surplus of good over bad feelings, though achieving the greater good may require enduring toil, sacrifice, and forbearance. The greatest good is that which makes all humankind, on average, experience the greatest net surplus of good feelings over bad ones, across the entire time span of human existence. If other definitions apply, we cannot comprehend them. We lack the equipment. We must judge with the observational equipment at our disposal.

Again and again, ordered liberty proves itself the technique by which the greatest good is achieved. The very notion is counterintuitive. Libertines decry order, and sophisticates since Plato have held liberty a commodity too powerful for all but a favored, accredited few. As historian Will Durant repeatedly stated, most of us instinctively believe in absolute liberty for ourselves, compulsion and restraint for all those others, whose exercise of liberty tends to infringe on our own prerogatives.

The Twentieth-Century era of doctrinaire totalitarianism ebbing, scholars are beginning to recover the sophistication and subtlety that shined forth in the Eighteenth Century. The implication attracting ever-increasing scholarly consent is surprising indeed. It is that any individual or entity that seeks advantage by repression or restriction of others ultimately lames itself. Only from a healthy and vigorous environment, never from an artificially retarded one, can any individual or group draw sufficient nourishment to achieve full vigor, fulfillment, and self-realization.

Traditional economic theory is also slowly acknowledging a startling fact: the ultimate source of human wealth and prosperity is the individual and voluntarily collective human spirit, irrespective of the subtlety and difficulty of quantification it poses. We are beginning to realize our prevailing nature is productive, constructive, prudent, Provident -- and that, were it not so, our species would no longer exist. To the extent we forbear to oppress and injure one another, we can after all trust one another, with very few aberrant exceptions. Trusting and meriting trust of one another, affording liberty to one another, imposing on ourselves and one another only such minimal restraints, clearly explained, as engender voluntary mutual encouragement and cooperation, we naturally achieve more than in any other regime. Such an arrangement is not perfect, because perfection is a subjective ideal not realized in the physical universe we inhabit. It is, however, the best we can, and will ever, do.

A relatively few thinkers have overcome ignobilities in their, that is, our, natures, and seen beyond the craven restrictions we are inclined to impose on one another. What follows is an eminently readable account of the career of one of those exemplars of what we call Radical Positivism. As you transfer from this website to that one, we cordially invite you to explore -- and return.


Radical Positivists of the world unite, and make it a better place for all!

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