Integral Society

Integralism fosters the cooperation of individuals with similar values, origins, and interests.

Distributed & Centralized

Integralism is grounded in the concept of synarchy (literally “ruling together”) – a word used here to refer to the inherent organizational tendencies of Nature. Synarchic systems incorporate both heirarchical (vertical, or consolidated) and heterarchical (horizontal, or distributed) structures.

The Integralist model of society consists of a synarchic structure with inherent checks and balances at each level of complexity, combined with a mechanism for increased authority based upon merit.

Integralism aims to insure a high degree of cooperation and individual autonomy, while also maintaining a social order with nested levels of authority.

Administrative and logistical concerns are engaged at their local or systemic level, and are thus are considered to be distributed. Decision making and planning is increasingly concentrated towards the higher levels of the network, and thus is considered to be centralized.

An Eye Towards Nature

Integralism is simultaneously spiritual, social, and political, ideally without distinction.

Looking towards Nature as the primal expression of a higher power, Integralists seek to understand and mimic Natural processes in their socio-political efforts, employing Natural principles intentionally.

This exploration reveals several key points:

  • A higher power exists. It is not important what we call this power.
  • The means through which we initially become intimate with this power is through its ubiquitous expression: Nature.
  • As beings who arise from and within the context of Nature, we are endowed with certain qualities and capacities.
  • All living beings are NOT equal. Differences are natural.
  • A Nation is its people and their culture, and is not necessarily tied to location.
  • Nations are not mere social contracts, but instead consist of an organic synarchy of individuals with similar heritage and culture.
  • A Nation requires both heirarchical and heterarcical components to function correctly and endure.
  • Race, or racial differentiation, is a valid means of classification, as evinced by the clear preponderance of divergent sub-species of countless animals in Nature.
  • True diversity means maintaining the distinctness of each racial group.
  • Each racial group has a natural imperative to preserve and propagate its interests.
  • Elements foreign to the integrated functioning of a particular Nation must be minimized or eliminated.

The Freedom to Disassociate

While Integralism supports mutual understanding and cooperation between all Peoples, and all Nations, it fundamentally rejects the extant globalist hypothesis of “one world without borders” as a anti-Natural fallacy. There are simply too many differences among the peoples of the world for an integralist society to emerge using that model.

The much-touted globalist principle of “diversity” is anything but. Without their own spaces, cultures, languages, and defining characteristics, all peoples will be absorbed into a grey mass of formless, purposeless, and mediocre “humanity.” True diversity is the preservation of unique peoples and cultures.

Integralists affirm the principle of free association through choice, as well as the freedom to disassociate. Any specific group (whether organized on the basis of beliefs, as a racial or ethnic group, or through other common interests) ought not be compelled to associate with another, and from this follows that it is an imperative to provide distinct ethnic groups with a space of their own.

The Integralist social model provides a means of internal organization; one that may also be employed externally as a means of connecting groups that lack Natural affinity, yet share the syntax of the Integralist method, in order to serve as a means of mediation, negotiation, cooperation, and exchange.

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Facets of Integralism

Recognition of a Higher Power

  • Call it what you like, but “something” is ultimately responsible for “everything”
  • This Higher Power is both beyond and within our world
  • It is within us, and also accessible to us, if we seek it

Recognition of Natural Law

  • Acceptance of ubiquitous organizing principles
  • Hierarchy and heterarchy are both necessary
  • Living beings are not all equal, as they have different attributes, context, and history

Recognition of the Cosmos

  • Our universe is but a piece of the Cosmos
  • Our human cognition limits this to an even smaller piece
  • The integral energy exists at a level beyond the limits of our cognition

Following Nature

  • Though the method of explaining Natural Law may differ, Natural Law is perennial
  • Through recognition of Nature, one’s own self comes into focus
  • One who follows Nature thereby achieves greater integrity

Free Association

  • There will always be conflict, seeking to force cooperation will not change this
  • We must have THE FREEDOM TO DISASSOCIATE.
  • Any group or tribe that wishes to gather among themselves, and to exclude others, ought be allowed to do so
  • All tribes require their own culture, context, and Nation in order to continue existing
  • mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation between different tribes is only possible when each of them has a clearly defined identity

Brotherhood, Nation, Synarchy

  • We inherently seek to be around others who are like us
  • A highly functional society requires a high degree of homogeneity
  • True cooperation is only possible through synarchy (cooperation, authority, and synergy)
  • Sharing ideals strengthens the group, divergence of ideals weakens it

The Structure of Society

  • Natural Law should be the basis of the societal structure
  • Extending from this should be the unique attitudes and strengths of the tribe
  • When Nations are based in Natural Law, differing tribes may negotiate more easily
  • Boundaries are necessary for the maintenance of a Nation

The People

  • Honest work is the lifeblood of a Nation, productivity is to be rewarded
  • The people must be protected from predatory professions and financial practices
  • No matter the profession, geniune work is to be valued

The Squire, Warrior, and General

  • The warrior class must be cultivated
  • Personal excellence ought be rewarded
  • This should be a profession, a calling

The Seeker, Adept, and Sage

  • A philosopher class in a society is as important as the warrior class
  • There must be allowances for the exploration of Awareness via unusual means
  • This should be a profession, a calling

The Maiden, Mother, and Crone

  • The family is the heart of the Nation
  • While some women may be drawn to the path of the Warrior or the Adept, Motherhood is the the most important duty of women
  • Homemaking, caring for the family should be considered not only a good, but it should be given as much respect as excellence in war and philosophy

Deviancy

  • Anti-social behavior is not to be allowed in the public space
  • Each tribe has their own cultural norms, but some taboos are virtually universal
  • Failure to enforce healthy taboos leads to the downfall of a Nation

Liberty

  • Freedom implies responsibility
  • Integralists seek to maximize liberty, within the context of an all-embracing duty
  • The individual is not an island, and is always connected to the group
  • Property is Natural
  • Cooperation is Natural
  • Exploitation is Natural, and thus it must be guarded against
  • Consistent Rules, Values, Customs, and Inheritances insure both liberty and security

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