THE EVOLUTIONIST ORDER
A BOOK OF POLITICAL THOUGHT BY NEIL T BEAMISH
INTENDED TO ESTABLISH A NEW POLITICAL MOVEMENT


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THE AUTHOR’S PROJECT AND BOOK AND HIS PROPOSED ORDER

Influences on his derivation of the Evolutionist Order, and a brief introduction to his book’s coverage of its practices

As explained in the Home page, Neil T Beamish started his project anticipating that he would be influenced by several broad factors, in deriving his new order. The first would be formed by past thinkers. They would notably be those who had dealt with "political philosophy" or "political analysis". They may also include those who had worked on effective analytical processes of thought. The second factor would follow from his idea of incorporating "evolutionary forces" in the order. The third would be based on more empirical evidence with humanity. This would include appreciating effective practices in organisations such as the British Civil Service.

Evolutionary forces that exist with the natural world of animals and plants have received much scientific study, originating largely with the work of Charles Darwin. Neil T Beamish felt that the understanding gained about them may not have been fully utilised and extended in investigations into humanity, by scientists and others. Realising "evolutionary forces" may even determine "correct" acts of the political authorities and people. This could establish a basis of practical functioning, especially with the new order applying.

He reflected on relevant "evolutionary forces", too, in senses of anticipating how people and societies would come to accept or otherwise respond to the idea or official practice of the new order. He gave some limited thought to the process of transforming national states from their old orders to accept evolutionism.

Following from the three bases just identified, he gave some consideration to relevant broad means of identifying "correct" acts in decision taking. He always had doubts that any broad approach would be powerful over much of the wide ranges of real-life activities and circumstances. It was still important to go as far as possible, in establishing an ideology for determining "correct" acts. As he proceeded, scepticism about what these approaches achieved did indeed come to seem pertinent. Practices in real-life organisations seemed to offer most of relevance.

As regards his thoughts and writing, the primary basis of evolutionism is the political functioning of states. There would be two main "evolutionist" elements in political structures. One would be a career "class" of professional politicians. Its most senior members would be the ministers in the national government. In his book, he considers how class members would be recruited, and their work organised and undertaken.

The other would be a single legal political party. Its membership would be drawn from the general population. Its functions would include "overseeing" functions of the government. He considers:

- Requirements on members in respect of their views and wider lives.

- The appropriate levels of freedoms of speech, expression and political activity, for people in general. In practice, they should be considerable, but not complete. He covers the difficult matter of treating those who go beyond them.

- The potential dangers of the system, including deterioration in rule.

He has also thought about and covers a variety of topics with which evolutionist political authorities would or might need to deal. They include demographic factors; the education of the citizen; economic functioning, and even possible contact with extraterrestrial civilisations. However, he makes no claims for expertise with them.

His Project

At another level, he started his project intending it to have four elements. The first was to be his exploration of "evolutionary forces", as they apply to advanced humanity. He anticipated that the best way to understand them would be to study human history (including prehistory). He would also learn from relevant perspectives of evolutionary biologists, philosophers and academics in the "human sciences".

The second was to consider other relevant thought and intellectual activity and practical functioning, as identified above. He would incorporate relevant findings from all, in his plans and writing.

The third was to be a critique of actual present-day democratic political functioning. His study was to deal with its main aspects, such as the careers of professional politicians and the treatments of political issues. With the written form in his book, one objective was to persuade readers, who were not already of that opinion, of the prospective value of a change of system. Thus the democratic system really does need replacing, in states in which it applies at present.

The fourth part was to be the prescription of the new order, extending to wider thought about the human future under it. An anticipated benefit of the third part would be to provide insights and warnings as regards political practices in prospective evolutionist states.

He started work on all four parts. He later decided to drop the first two. They were time consuming and were providing limited evidence on what should occur with the new order.

His Book

The final book still contains 25 chapters. The first comprises a general introduction to the book. The chapter’s "background information" includes a brief account of human history. It forms a minor legacy of the aborted "first part". The next 18 chapters provide the critique of democracy. They include numerous illustrations, most based on actual developments in various democratic states that occurred while the book was being written or in the recent past.

His proposals and thoughts on the new order form the contents of the last six chapters. For him, they were the most important in his book. The first covers identification of "correct" acts of the political authorities and people. It also contains anticipation of the effects of the order on the world. The second, the book’s 21st and central chapter, comprises detailed formulation of the political structures of an evolutionist state, and assessment of its political functioning. With standard book pages in use, it would be over eighty pages long. The last four chapters deal with topics that evolutionist political authorities would or might need to address, such as the education of the citizen.

A listing of the titles of chapters and their constituent sections is given in the Contents page of this site. It also appears at the start of the book itself.

 


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