The ultimate rule of conduct remains for me . . . that one should produce the greatest good possible, or if one prefers this way of putting it, make the world as much better as possible.
Brand Blanshard / Reason and Belief
Everything Progressive is an online journal concerned with the bigger picture omitted from other publications devoted exclusively to politics and/or economics. Both of these are only means to an end - and we believe that it is the ends that demand primary consideration. Without optimal political and economic ends clearly in view at all times, the best means, whether political or economic, will always remain difficult to evaluate or prioritize.
We further believe that rationalism provides the intellectual foundation for the future of humanity, and as such provides the best hope of arriving at an understanding of the optimal ends of human life. Hence the pillar seen above, a symbol of this conviction. But, while some aspects of rationalism, such as mathematics, logic, and science, are relatively well understood, what rationalism implies for the aims and proper conduct of human life remains almost unknown.
To our detriment.
This wasn't always the case. The Renaissance was sparked by the rediscovery of Greek rationalism. Over the course of the Enlightenment, the best ends of human life came under intensive and sustained investigation, and the implications of enlightenment for every aspect of life were explored.
And we think what rationalism implies for the aims and proper conduct of human life is just as important today. In that sense, Everything Progressive may be regarded as a reconsideration of the foundational concerns of the Enlightenment.
If the Nero-esque pathologies of the scientifically and philosophically illiterate Trump and Bush administrations have taught us anything, it is the importance of rationalism - and therefore also of Progressivism.
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