My mission is to heal our society. Early 21st century Western society is divisive, tribal, irrational and lacking in love and compassion. I want to change all this, first and foremost.
Firstly, we have to end the woke vs anti-woke wars. Woke culture, powered by postmodernism and critical theory, made it acceptable to divide people into oppressor vs oppressed based on immutable characteristics, thus breaking the rule of treating every individual fairly and decently. Anti-woke culture, which has arisen in response, is often simply reactionary, and is thus like a mirror of woke culture that replicates most of its problems. Moreover, the two cultures have become like echo chambers, and truly rational thought is lacking on both sides. My goal is to build a post-woke alternative that will bring back decency, fairness and genuineness, and disrupt the echo chambers so some sanity can finally prevail.
Next, we need to bring back the Enlightenment liberal values that have been the foundation of the social contract of the West for several centuries. These values have led to the West being pluralistic and open to new ideas, and we must not lose them. The woke vs anti-woke tragedy is basically a result of the weakening of these values, and a truly post-woke alternative must wholeheartedly re-embrace them. My Moral Libertarian ideas are an attempt to reformulate the moral foundation of the Enlightenment into a principle that can be systematically applied. Note that, while I believe in restoring Enlightenment liberal values in the West, because they are what suits us, I don't support 'exporting' these values to other cultures. The disasters of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars should be adequate reminders of why this is always a bad idea. Instead, we simply need to respect that things are different elsewhere. But in the West, I believe we must revive and defend Enlightenment liberalism against all other worldviews that threaten to weaken or supplant it. We also need to emphasize the fact that the classical liberal consensus is not inherently incompatible with most points across the economic (capitalist-socialist) or cultural (progressive-conservative) spectrum, which makes it an ideal point of unity on which to base a social contract for Western society.
Finally, cultural politics and philosophy do not exist in a vacuum. They are inevitably shaped by the wider culture we share. Therefore, we must heal the culture too. Let me be blunt, but Western popular culture has been quite empty and meaningless for more than half a century. This, too, must change. I believe our culture, including our popular culture, needs to embrace meaningful discussions, for example about how we can strengthen the social fabric, make our families healthier and stronger, and increase the level of love and compassion across society.