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Domination
by   Richard   Rieben
First Posted – 1 January 2004
 
The generally accepted – traditional, conventional, historical – philosophy of the world is composed of many, assorted applications of DOMINATION philosophy. It is termed in this fashion because it is an ordered, hierarchical, patriarchal, power structure of domination by some over others. It is a clan- or group-oriented philosophy, the philosophical foundation of collectivism, that disrespects the sovereignty of the individual. The standards of this philosophy are those of the group – its strength, its mass, and its power.

It is easy to see that the philosophy of domination, in its various guises and applications, is opposed to the philosophy of liberation. The standards of the philosophy of liberation are the health of the individual.

The philosophy of liberation is a pro-life, pro-health, and pro-human happiness premise. The philosophy of domination is a collectivist premise that subordinates or ignores the pro's of liberation (which pertain to individual human beings), in order to advance the well-being of the group.

The Reciprocian philosophy is not a political philosophy in particular. It advocates political liberty, with a structure that is uniquely suited to liberty, and which derives from a pro-life philosophical foundation. In world history, this is a very different conception of what government is, what it's for, and the "stuff" of which it is composed. Political liberty is not designed to function in the context of domination philosophy ... that is, in a context where it accommodates such philosophy, and is informed and compromised by domination values.

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