Q&A with Kenneth Abramowitz about SaveTheWest.com
(Continued from Ken’s bio, here)
To help save Western civilization from itself.
When you say that, it implies that there are no other groups or blogs dedicated to this purpose. Why you, and why now?
There are many sites dedicated to different aspects of saving Western civilization. Cato is good example. They are good on economic issues, but are terrible on military issues. They are one-dimensional in that regard.
The objective of SaveTheWest.com is to be three-dimensional. We will provide an all-encompassing view of how to save Western civilization.
What does that mean?
There are three aspects necessary to save Western civilization:
- Economic growth
- Military strength
- Maintaining and strengthening our cultural values
Many times I hear people have a wonderful analysis of the problems, but they don’t have any great solutions. The purpose of this site is to give people a three-dimensional understanding of the problems and threats facing Western civilization, and a three-dimensional view of how to overcome them.
See an essay I wrote about these three vital factors in saving the West, and accompanying slide shows, here.
When you say, “cultural values,” it begs to be asked, “whose cultural values?” Because if you ask a random sampling of people from across Western civilization, and even the United States, what cultural values define Western civilization, you are going to get some very different answers. For examples, some will claim that it means living under governments whose powers are strictly limited to protecting the individual’s natural rights. Others will say that it means governments that provide all the values that life requires, even (or especially) if it means taking values from one person (or group), and giving them to another.
There are six foundational documents that define Western civilization (follow links after each to learn more):
- The Bible (Old and New Testament) >>
- Magna Carta >>
- The Declaration of Independence >>
- The Constitution >>
- Federalist Papers >>
- The Bill of Rights >>
Those six documents, combined, form the intellectual foundation for a prosperous society:
- The rule of law applies to all people, equally, and must be respected
- Free people have governments; governments do not have people
- Individual rights to freedom of speech, assembly, religion, and to own property
- Government chartered to protect these rights, and the physical security of the people
- Governmental powers are balanced between multiple branches that keep each other in check
- Democratic elections of leaders – but a majority cannot vote to violate the equal rights of a minority, through mob rule (“A democracy is two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Freedom under a constitutional republic is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.” – Benjamin Franklin )
- Separation of religious institutions and government
- The rights and responsibilities of the individual are of paramount concern, rather than those of kings and rulers