Manifesto

Armchair Firebrand provides a forum for discussing politics, spirituality, and popular culture. Armchair Firebrand also explores the nexus between these subjects. The title “Armchair Firebrand” refers to the seeming contradiction of actively participating in a political revolution from the relative comfort of one’s own living room.

Originally founded as a journal celebrating the democratic process in general, Armchair Firebrand has evolved to explore topics related to politics, spirituality, and popular culture.

Armchair Firebrand agrees with Dr. Cornel West‘s assessment that our society faces a “moral and spiritual crisis.” Thus, Armchair Firebrand endorses a political and economic philosophy that is compatible with moral and spiritual values.

Armchair Firebrand draws a stark distinction between deeply held religious beliefs and deeply held spiritual beliefs. The former often implies an almost cult-like devotion to a dogmatic set of rules, while the latter generally applies to much broader principles regarding the nature of existence, the human condition, and the universal brotherhood and sisterhood of humanity. Additionally, religion is often associated with an opposition to science, while spirituality generally embraces science, and explores its boundaries.

Specifically, Armchair Firebrand stands for the proposition that our individual souls emanate from the universal soul. Thus, we are all intrinsically connected to each other, through the Divine. Therefore, Armchair Firebrand advocates a political and economic philosophy that embraces the universal brotherhood and sisterhood of all humanity.

Accordingly, Armchair Firebrand embraces democratic socialism as the economic and political system that is most compatible with humanity’s interests. Armchair Firebrand strongly believes that democratic socialism is the most efficient way to maximize happiness and minimize suffering.

To be clear, Armchair Firebrand strongly opposes heavy-handed state action. On the contrary, Armchair Firebrand views democratic socialism as a means to empower individuals and small businesses by checking the destructive and anticompetitive power and influence of large, multinational corporations.

Armchair Firebrand advocates for the Nordic Model of democratic socialism. This system seeks to balance the free-market’s dynamism with socialism’s strong social safety net. By uniting these two polarities, democratic socialism incentivizes individuals to invent, invest, and innovate while also minimizing suffering among the less fortunate. The Nordic Model’s success is reflected in Denmark’s status as the world’s Best Country for Business, according to Forbes magazine.

Readers are welcome to disagree with Armchair Firebrand’s perspective, and are asked to do so respectfully.

6 thoughts on “Manifesto

  1. I may not agree with all you post here, but I do applaud you for encouraging the populace to be more informed and make educated decisions concerning government.

  2. The masses are being herded like sheep into a system that gives power to the people… WEALTHY people that is. We need more intelligent and well-informed people like you to help slam the breaks on this mess. The irony of these conservatives who spread rhetoric of “less government involvement” is that they are unknowingly facilitating a system that will inevitably cause us to be at the mercy of privatized corporations. Some already are.

    • I don’t consider myself ever at the mercy of corporations. They have no power to force me to do anything. The government on the other hand is the only organization that can legally force people to do things against their will. That’s why I fear government much more than corporations.

      • I think the thousands of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure would take issue with this, Jeremy. I don’t think they wanted to leave their houses. Even if you rent, if your landlord is foreclosed on, you could be out on the street, against your will. So, I would rethink your stance on this issue.

        Also, the Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights, prohibits our government from coercing people into doing things against their will. Of course our government isn’t perfect and has made many mistakes, but I’ll still take it over any other in the world. I believe your fears are largely unfounded and misguided.

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