The purpose of the Freedomist Pledge of Common Unity is to define the standards and norms Freedomists will be guided by in relationship to one another, in relation to our common goals, and in relationship with fellow citizens in our country. Freedomists pledge before God to affirm, uphold, and be guided by these ideals and principles within the greater framework of a new Christian civilizational paradigm, albeit respecting and welcoming all freedom seekers regardless of their faith, church affiliation, confession, or creed.
Four Core Ideals
The four core ideals of our civilizational paradigm which guide and inform our work and way of life together include a Biblical interpretation and understanding but a modern and forward-looking application of Unity in diversity, Popular sovereignty, Democratic equality, and Rule of law, which form the initials UPDR from whence the name of our civilizational paradigm, UPDRism, or Upadarianism, is derived.
These four core ideals are a litmus test for freewill participatory relationships, associations, organizations, and institutions of all kinds which we would deem to be free, healthy, positive, and both mutually beneficial and profitable to all participants in an equitable, just, and fair manner.
Through a balanced application of all four core ideals, which necessarily means no understanding of any single ideal could be disharmononious with any of the other core ideals, we can develop relationships and associations at every scale that enhance both individual well-being and the common good of whole groups, communities, national peoples, and countries.
Our core principles include social vision, social ethic, social goals, and the freedom vision.
Our social vision is based on a balanced application of collaboration, sustainability, and consensus. Our social ethic is based on a balanced application of well-being, justice, and autonomy. Our social goals are based on a dedication to upholding human agency, dignity, and flourishing. Our freedom vision is based on a balanced application of virtue, liberty, and independency.
We also consider, in how we understand and practice these principles, their adherence to the four core ideals, with an understanding that how we use the four core ideals depends on the type and nature of relationships and associations involved.
Four Core Authorities
While no relationship, association, or structure of aby kind, fits solely or precisely in any of these four authorities, and while, even within these four authorities elements like the others may exist, such that the line between them is semi-permeable, in general we see all of human civilization being governed more or less by these four core authorities.
The four core authorities we define as Ecclsium, Ethnium, Oikosium, and Koinonium. Ecclesium is basically the faith community but can be defined as any community of people specifically limited to a faith or creed. Ethnium is the expression and manifestation of nationhood or ethnicity through some form of freewill participation among peers. Oikosium covers most familial connections and bonds and economic activities. Koinonium is covenant and contract law and generally also includes entities like political states, but also any formal contractual or covenant-based relationship.
The concept of the four authorities shows the kinds of authority and while many entities and associations may primarily fit into one of the authorities, most at least have secondary elements that we would describe as being of hre essence of the other authorities. All four core authorities are scalable from the individual to the world, and at different levels, they may look differently as well while still being of the same essence.
The Nine Governments
As with the authorities, a particular entity may have elements of the other nine governments, and smaller entities may merge them, but the concept of the nine governments generally applies to governance and administrative structures, whether formal or not, within a system of some kind that balances to become something like a merit-based system of self-determination and mutual governance that makes decisions, pools resources, manages resources, and is the representative agency of a group or community of people.
The nine governments include the Regium as the harmonizing body in overall charge, albeit because some of the people in the other governments are also part of this government.
The Magisterium is like unto a political state or city, e.g. “Caesar” or the magistrate, albeit within the sacred limits of kings and kingdoms, even if it isn’t an actual political state. Under the Magisterium is the Governate, which directly oversees the Civitas and the Agorate as autonomous governments under its supervision but not control.
The Ethnium is a sociocultural and socioreligious body that provides social, cultural, educational, benevolence, and socioreligious services and direction, as well as standards and norms. Under the Ethnium, which is more about higher sociocultural norms that define a national people group, is the Societas which oversees two autonomous governments, the Ecclsium, and the Comunis.
While no existing government or governing body over non-state entities which are fairly comprehensive in their sphere of services and issues they address literally uses the nine governments framework, one can discern in any government or govervance body aspects of these nine governments in principle. If one understands the nine governments and how any decision-making structures must conform to the purposes, stakeholders, investors/owners, and the such necessary for their function one can discern both if a government or govervance body is effective and even just.
The Harmony of the Whole
Once one understands the core ideals, core principles, four authorities, and nine governments by themselves and then in harmonious relationship to one another, one can both litmus test existing entities or envision and build new entities that serve the greater good of human civilization, that honor God and Creation, and that liberate and empower each individual. This idealistic vision for a perfect system and a perfect civilizational paradigm is not however itself perfect, because it is human, and, moreover, any expectation that it can be perfectly applied and fulfilled even in this imperfect understanding or that it is going to result in utopia in any way should be considered dangerous and false.
A deeper and more nuanced understanding and practice of these things will result in better outcomes at every scale and can be pursued individually and in freewill participatory relationships and associations regardless of the surrounding system. Through finding gaps for freedom even within authoritarian systems we can develop greater autonomy and liberty for more aspects of our lives, relationships, and associations which tend to weaken authoritarianism and make it more likely that freedom will spread to more and more people everywhere.
Understanding and utilizing these ideals, principles, authorities, and governments while adhering especially to liberty, within our freedom vision, as defined by the original spirit and intent behind the US Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, and then applying them to our lives, relationships, and associations inasmuch as we can is how we build freedom locally to globally.
We therefore pledge to God and to each other to pursue these things in our own relationships and associations with fellow Freedomists and in relation to other citizens and the world at large, by all legal and ethical means to protect the sanctity of our own and our loved one’s lives, property, wealth, liberty, and well-being against all hazards, foreign or domestic, official or unofficial, so help us God.