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How POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY Could Change Virginia

If I told you that most of my political philosophy was derived from the study of John Locke, David Hume, Cicero & Aristotle, Charles de Montesquieu, Edmund Burke, Alexis de Tocqueville, Adam Smith, Friedrich Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Ayn Rand, would you have an understanding of the cohesive philosophy and the difficult contradictions between the influences I am discussing? Would you have an appreciation of my political philosophy?

Now what if I told you that I was strongly influenced by Karl Marx, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Immanuel Kant, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Thomas More and John Kenneth Galbraith?  What you understand where I was coming from then?

If I asked you about the principles upon which Capitalism was predicated, would you have an answer; or worse, what if I condemned Capitalism and its antecedents, would you have a defense?

What if I told you that the United States of America was a Democracy, and as such, must retain its living, breathing Constitution. Could you refute that? What if I told you that, “the Federalists would have supported a strong Federal Government”? Could you explain what was wrong with that statement?

Understand that everything you that see around you is the child and great-grandchild of practical thoughts (aka. political philosophies) and if you don’t understand those ideas, those concepts, those arguments, then when our politicians, and their magnificent way with words, tell you that they are bringing you “Democracy”, maybe you won’t cheer so quickly. Or when they talk about “equality”, maybe you might ask, “Equality under the law, or material equality?”.

Political Philosophy is my passion; so when I hear Dr. Brat, Mark Levin, and others mention the importance of a political philosophy, I get a little excited. Could people really be open to learning about political philosophy, the history of political and economic ideas, and the United States Governments history in applying various examples of political thought? Could Virginians be interested in the philosophical inspirations of the United States Constitution? If so, and if Virginia could become a breeding ground for philosophical intelligence and curiosity, then Virginia could once again change the course of this nation, as it did during the founding.

And that excites me.

The names I’ve mentioned can be googled. The books that these men and women have written are inexpensive. Local colleges teach courses on these thinkers and these subjects. I’d be happy to discuss them with anyone for free. The important thing is this: the more people understand about the foundation of the concepts and ideas that are driving the political, social, and economic movements in our country and our world today, the more powerful “the people” themselves will become. Only good can come from all this talk about political philosophy. I hope to hear more talk of it.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

2 Responses to “How POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY Could Change Virginia”

  1. Gene Lefty says:

    Well, what if I told you that the Tea Party and The Republican Party, could not be happier about the budget that was passed last nite. A budget that is about $11Billion dollars larger than the last budget? Not one word of complaint from the faux Conservative division about HB 5002.

    Make no mistake about it, it is a budget from the failed and now indicted McDonnell administration. This governor was locked out of the budget process. Now the governor will probably sign it with it’s massive increase over the last budget. Then the Republicans will promptly blame the increase in spending on the Democrats.

    This is exactly what they did to Mark Warner. Why don’t you check and find out where Bill Bollng was on that tax increase?

    The Tea Party and the Republican Party are nothing but liberals, that’s all they are, plain and simple, liberals. Liberals controlled by Corporate controlled hate radio/tv. We will see how Dave Brat fields questions about this budget.

    There’s no way that I will support the big spending, liberal, tea party/Republican party candidate. No Way

  2. Gene – Please make a more cohesive argument. I’d like to have a response to one of your posts one of these days. Try talking about facts, not labels.

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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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