My Mission

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, has been hijacked by reactionary factions with scarily authoritarian designs for society. 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 values that have long enabled the West to be peaceful, balanced and stable despite its diversity of thought and culture. 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, where we have an individualistic, non-consensus-based way of thinking about what's right and wrong, 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.

Contrary to popular (mis)understandings of liberalism and conservatism being inherently opposed, there is no conflict between conservatism and classical liberalism, in the context of the 21st century English-speaking West. Even going back to Burke's time, English-speaking conservatism clearly had a liberal character. After several more centuries of the classical liberal consensus, a conservative in our society would definitely have to be a classical liberal, trying hard to conserve this important part of our political tradition for future generations, against assaults from both the left and the right.

A revival of liberal values will also promote non-aggressive means to resolve conflict. Historically, liberalism grew out of a desire to end the religious conflicts of Europe. In Western history, it is the only politically successful philosophy that has a strong link to non-aggression. This is why I believe a liberal revival is the only way to make the West truly non-aggressive.

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.

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