Political choice is associated with that generate questions like: What should I be doing? What are they doing? What did that politician mean? Why is that happening? What can the government do?
The first «Grouping» ( ) in begins to answer these questions. It proposes that: everyone must assume . This refers to a duty to the society where we feel we belong, and usually where we also live and work.
Work to influence Does that remind you of anything? It should remind you of ethics. Others may judge you and of course they will—but no-one can really hold you to account for your ethical choices except your self (i.e. your «conscience» or «internal standards»). Recall that we linked politics and ethics to identify the Framework needed to get this inquiry underway.
Oscillating Duality: In these Monads, a personal perspective reveals an alternation in focus. The odd groups/levels are subjective (in the sense that their handling is under your control and a matter of choice) while the even groups/levels are objective (in the sense that they are a social given and not dependent on your judgement).
THEE Note: Each Group in the Grouping is associated with a Level identified in the Tree of Political Choice. By adopting the perspective of personal responsibility, the Level quality and naming changes slightly from that used in developing the Tree.
refers to the ability of any group to obtain, maintain and potentially increase its (or its members’) share of society’s available social goods.
Thein made it evident that everyone in society must depend on the power of one or more groups that share concerns for financial well-being and social status.
This is a subjective focus… i.e. you might decide that your interests are best served by your profession, or the status of your socio-economic class, or a particular advocacy group. In accord with a ethos, you can decide to change your group e.g. by taking up a new profession, or joining a different political party. You could even start a membership body for people with like-minded interests (if nothing suitable already exists).
refers to the application of a system of regulations and orders valid within a society and backed by governmental force.
Thein aimed to control use of power by the most powerful groups in society. Exactly the same thing holds in regard to participation.
This is an objective focus… i.e. the systems and life of the law in society are a given. Your opinions are not relevant. Your choices are limited to engaging more actively by working within law-related bodies, or actively opposing the .
refer to any commitment with a social impact that is made by an authorized person or social body.
The obligations and interests of a variety of officials. Because we are focusing on responsibility, we refer here to decisions made by officials.in focused on
This is a subjective focus… i.e. depending on your talents and qualifications, you can decide what sort of official to become, what sort of post to take up and what kind of societal work to pursue; and once in a post, you have considerable discretion within its terms of reference.
refer to any focus, real or imaginary, that generates concern in society and possibly requires societal action.
The solutions to problems, but from the present perspective it seems more appropriate to just refer to «issues» (which reflect concerns but may or may not be problems as such).in targeted
This is an objective focus… i.e. something either is of general concern to many people or it is not. The degree of concern may vary and issues that are of deep concern for small groups may never become societal. In any case, the feelings and preferences of any single person are irrelevant to the wider consensus.
refers to judgements of what constitutes the general welfare of all members of a society.
The public opinion, sentiment and practical adaptations of many or most people. From the viewpoint of responsibility, the political concern is consideration for the welfare of people in general—and the phrase commonly used for this is « ». (In practice, the judgement immediately leads to promoting something claimed to be «in the ».)in dealt with
This is a subjective focus… i.e. you are entitled, just like everyone else, to your own view of what people «need», what constitutes «welfare», and what is good for the public. The idea that is an agglomeration of private interests is an attempt to objectify what is necessarily an intuitive and personal view. Many public interest groups provide sectional rather than comprehensive support for the welfare of all. The largest coverage is provided by groups serving «consumers».
The cultural identity and personal principles, and these both relate to the natural moral institutions within a society for which a person can feel and assume a degree of responsibility.in dealt with
This is an objective focus… i.e. the moral institutions of society, like them or not, exist independently of any person and are unaffected because someone ignores, disagrees or rejects them.
refer to what communities, and each person within them, require to survive and thrive.
The personal-cum-social needs. Some people in society must feel a sense of responsibility for determining and meeting these.in generated concern for present and future
This is a subjective focus… i.e. needs are latent and their identification and valuation is a matter of judgement, education, awareness and preference. In addition you are entitled to pick and choose amongst needs that seem most relevant or urgent to you.
We have identified 7 distinct. However, calling such commitment « » may be unsuitable. Many people feel that most of these commitments are distinctly apolitical, perhaps because the term «politics» now evokes a sense of disgust and despair. So the terms « » and « » may be used to refer to these arenas.
We must look to the future the position taken here is one of positive aspiration. Being part of a society and claiming to be apolitical is a contradiction in terms. Looking further into the various arenas enables self-discovery.
The 7cover a far larger area of society and far greater variety of societal work than many might imagine to lie within the rubric of . Check for yourself.
There are strong and weak forms of social commitment in these 7 arenas
The strong form affects how you spend your free time, and whether or not you choose to work part-time or full-time within an organization intrinsic to one of the arenas. In such a case, its mission should fit your preferred type of responsibility and your other values.
The weak form of social commitment involves ambitious people finding somewhere to start climbing the greasy pole to as powerful a position in society as possible, and without worrying too much about the responsibility part.
Work as an employee of an organization requires accountability for its performance to a superior, or the Board, or beyond to its shareholders.
Work as a member of society to influence itslacks that sort of accountability…until political activity is structured and organized and you are formally employed.
Once you are part of a politics-relevant organization, others have legitimate expectations of you and depend on you. Accountability then comes into play—to a superior, to the Board, and to members who constitute the body that employs you.
The formula for this Framework is .
Structural hierarchy using Levels in the Tree, with Groupings labelled ; and sH Levels also labelled: (or ). Because these L’s emerged from a Spiral, the formula with is used: , which removes ambiguity. However, when the context is clear, may be used.=
Groups within a Grouping are indicated by a superscript number: e.g. = the 3rd Group within the Tetradic (4-Level) Grouping.
Level positions within any of the Groups have a common influence and are generically identified by « »: i.e. refers to the 3rd Level in any of the 15 Groups that have 3 or more Levels.
The Groupings ... will become Levels within a Tree in the next section of the Satellite: Handling Political Tensions.
This has been a long and complex page. However, it is of the utmost importance to identify and describe the Monads correctly. Why? Because every other element in the Structural Hierarchy is constructed by combining these.
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Originally posted: August-2009; Last updated: 5-July-2014