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The Radical Principle of Love

The Radical Principle of Love

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LITTLE RADICAL REFORM SCHOOL 
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 THE RADICAL PRINCIPLE OF LOVE
 
No. 3 Little Radical Reform School Seriesby David Arthur WaltersRadicals have gotten a bad reputation because they hate evil and wantto replace it with good. They believe the many are oppressed by thefew, and that something should be done about it forthwith instead of just talking about absurd reforms or effecting reforms thataccomplish very little.Radicals call for radical reforms to free people from oppression.Radicals love the mob over the powerful minority because they wantto distribute freedom more broadly and improve the well being of more men. They have in fact led the historical movement to expandthe circle of freedom to all men and women. When reason seemed of 
 
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little avail to actually deter tyranny, radicals may call for the force of arms to accomplish their goals, and a small minority may pick of those arms and effect a revolution; for instance, barely ten percent of the population approved of the American Revolution invoked by asmall number of radical thinkers. Aggrieved people are attracted by the radical rhetoric with its special vocabulary of humanitarian and democratic terms expressing anindignant and sometimes inflammatory ideology calling for thedestruction of what is hated and its replacement by a good society pursuant to faith in or a logical science of the good life.On the other hand, those who feel their interests threatened respond with fear and hatred to the proposals for radical reform no matterhow reasonable and just the proposals may be. There shall always be a conflict between the few and the many untilthe radical ideal is realized, for the essence of radicalism is to extendfreedom from oppression to all people. And what is the goal of radical freedom? Individual happiness is wanted by all normalindividuals. Yet the individual is also a socially dependent person withsympathetic interests in the general happiness so that he may have hisown happiness; hence everyone has a real and legitimate interest inthe sum of the individual pleasures of the whole society. As thePhilosophical Radicals put it, individual happiness in society dependson the greatest happiness of the greatest number,. In any event, aradical intent perpetuates any plan for economic or politicalreconstruction for distributive freedom, and the most radicalprogram of all aims at the maximization of the welfare of the greatestnumber of people.But if the radical root of freedom is in the individual, then every freedom fighter is a radical, is s/he not? Since people can gainfreedom from oppression by controlling each other, will they notalways be in conflict and therefore within a vicious cycle of hate? No,they will not, for freedom comes with responsibility, it must have
 
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some reasonable ground to stand on in order to accomplish anything at all. Without human society there is no human being. People arenaturally attracted to each other and for good reasons. We needcompany to be human beings and to enjoy what freedom we have. We have our families and our clans, and through conflict andcooperation we have merged into nations and beyond as our horizonexpands. And what is that universal principle of attraction, unity, and harmony called? What sums up the greatest good of the greatest number, thegolden rules, the highest good, the social good, or, if you will, god? What is the common English name for the most radical principle of all, the flip side of hate? It is the name of an idea the PhilosophicalRadicals hold valuable; however, in the interest of a more objectivescience than subjective sympathy, they subordinate it to the selfishinterest in countable things. It is a word that infuriates haters somuch that they bite their tongues off because they do not haveenough of what it connotes, yet it remains universally popular among those who would like to have much of it, and those folks do not takekindly to having their mutual desire disparaged. What is it, in a word?Love is the Logos."Oh, no!" some radical exclaims, "Get ready for the preachy sermon.He's going to pull out Jesus Christ and the opiate of the masses thatkept them oppressed. He's going to talk about praying for peopleinstead of feeding them. He's not going to mention the millions andmillions of people selfishly murdered in Christ's name."I adhere to no religion and I have no sermon to deliver. Nevertheless,I admit Jesus' name has been repeatedly bandied about and abused. Iadmit he was a radical reformer who was tried twice: once in theecclesiastical court, where he was
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adjudged guilty of a spiritualoffense that happened to carry a penalty of death by stoning, andonce in the political court, where he was tried and convicted of atrumped up-political charge that warranted a penalty of death by 

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