A Well-Ordered Society
from Jon Roland
The Constitution Society

A society is well-ordered when decisions of each kind are made according to their own proper principles and within their own proper jurisdictions:

Technical decisions are made according to technical principles, and within the subject field and competencies of the decision and the decider.

Business decisions are made according to business principles, and within the authority and competency of the company and deciding manager.

Academic decisions are made according to academic principles, and within the authority and competency of the institution and teacher.

Legal decisions are made according to law and within the jurisdiction and competence of the official.

There is a place for political decisions, made according to political principles, but only within a restricted field that does not include the kinds mentioned above.

A society becomes disordered when people start making technical, business, academic or legal decisions politically, and it must be a prime object of academic decision making to instruct the members of society to make each kind of decision according to its own proper principles and within its own proper jurisdiction.

-- Jon Roland, The Constitution Society, 14 April, 2001 --

The American society has become disordered.
Are you able to discern the problem??

"A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sin and suffering." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816.

"We think experience has proved it safer for the mass of individuals composing the society to reserve to themselves personally the exercise of all rightful powers to which they are competent and to delegate those to which they are not competent to deputies named and removable for unfaithful conduct by themselves immediately." --Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel Dupont de Nemours, 1816.

"If a Nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.... If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed." -- Thomas Jefferson to Col. Yancey, 1816

Educate Yourself!!
Learn To Make Proper Decisions!!

(As human beings we sometimes find that we have been going down the wrong path as the result of a mistaken decision. When we make the discovery that we are on the wrong path, it is at that moment a new learning begins which will enable a new decision and a better choice.)

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