ObjectivelyHouston.com is a collaborative effort by Houstonians who reject the ideas that dominate our culture today. Our purpose is to present an integrated, rational alternative to Houstonians.
we are neither progressive (the term that many on the political Left
are now using) nor are we conservative. We are advocates of laissez
faire capitalism, not the mixture of controls and freedom that exists
today. While we will write extensively on political issues, politics is
not a primary. Political positions derive from more fundamental
philosophical ideas. And so, our focus will be on the fundamental
philosophical ideas that underlie whatever issue, event, or topic that
we are addressing.
Ethically, we are neither altruists--the view
that individuals have a moral duty to self-sacrificially serve others (a
view held by both progressives and conservatives)--nor hedonists. We
advocate rational self-interest. We hold that it is proper and moral for
individuals to pursue their own personal happiness.
(the theory of knowledge), we reject the positions of both progressives
and conservatives. Progressives hold that truth is determined by a
consensus of "the people," while conservatives hold that truth is
revealed to the enlightened few. We hold that truth is accessible to all
individuals who choose to use their rational mind and reject emotions
as a means for evaluating the facts.
Esthetically, we espouse
Aristotle's view that art should depict life as it could be and should
be. Art should show man at his heroic best.
We disagree with
progressives that humans are inherently poor at making personal
decisions and need a paternalistic government to make it through life.
We disagree with conservatives that humans are inherently sinful.
Certainly some humans make poor decisions and some are sinful, but
neither is inherent in human nature. We hold that humans are capable of
greatness, and the history of Houston stands as testament to that fact.
the past century, Houston has stood as a unique city in America. More
than any large city in the country, it has rejected the intrusive
controls and regulations of city government. Houston's growth and
prosperity is a direct result of that fact.
But there are many who
want to change Houston and make it more like other cities. They have
embraced the ideas and policies of progressives. Despite their criticism
of progressives, conservatives have done little to stop the tide,
because fundamentally conservatives agree with progressives on every
important philosophical issue.
If Houston is to retain its
greatness, it must reject these false alternatives. Houston must
discover the source of its greatness, and then defend it with the
courage and moral rectitude of the defenders of the Alamo.
We invite you to join us in discovering what makes Houston great. Let the Renaissance begin.