Those halcyon days of the 1980s seem so far away now, with my beloved country mired in economic depression, government oppression, and seemingly endless wars. What happened? I thought we had beaten the bad guys.
What happened was the bad guys were still there. They never went away. They were just waiting for an opportunity to blindside us and knock us down again. What happened was we dropped our guard.
The Chinese believe the universe is a dichotomy, divided into two opposing forces, yin and yang, which are constantly at odds with each other. Sometimes yin is ascendant and sometimes yang is predominant. But the two are interdependent and their interaction creates history.
We see yin and yang continually at work in the competition between rationalism and superstition, in the conflict between knowledge and ignorance, in the constant struggle between right and wrong, and in the battle between republicanism (free enterprise and the rule of law) and Fascism (total control by a government oligarchy).
Rationalism can never conquer superstition, it can only suppress it. And knowledge can never overcome ignorance, it can only ignore it. And republicanism can never totally defeat Fascism. The most we can hope for is to keep it at bay. But that emphatically does not mean we must abandon the fight.
What early Industrial Revolution philosopher Jeremy Bentham called "utilitarianism" – the greatest good for the greatest number of people – is embodied in republicanism and capitalism. They are the only hope for the survival of Bentham's utilitarianism, and we must continually fight to keep that hope alive.
It is a never ending battle, requiring eternal vigilance and constant resistance against the enemies of republicanism foreign and domestic, but it must be maintained in the interests of the welfare of humanity – and the survival of America.