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Complete Table Of Contents

Note: It's very useful to read this Table of contents "hierarchically", and not one line after the other. In other words, you have to read according to the numbered order, for example 1, 2 and 3, and then only 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc.

1) Introduction (Explanation of "where this document fits, inside the whole cathedral of knowledge". We don't give here any explanations on morality, or natural theology. We assume that God exists, that man has a spiritual soul, that politics is related to morality, etc. See Thonnard.)

2) Overview (10% of the total size of the Platform)

3) The goal: happiness for all citizens (A good overview: Pacem in Terris)

3.1) What is a man? (We can't pursue the happiness of man without defining him correctly!)
3.2) Human rights (another way of describing the goal is to say "what ought to be")

- Human rights in general
- Specific human rights (right to life, to truth, to freedom, etc. See CoSoDo)

4) The means: social life, and everything that follows (Since we can't attain happiness alone, we must form a society)

4.1) Politics per se (Thonnard seems to call that "le Droit"; we could also call that "power" or "authority", etc.)

4.1.1) Principles that hold for all societies Constituent principles for an abstract society (Knowledge through the 4 causes, the 4 explanatory factors) Final cause: the Common Good (The goal of that society, why people gather into a group) Material cause

- Population (Who are the members of that society? How are new members obtained? How does one stop being a member?)
- Territory (For some societies only)
- Resources (What material goods belong to that society? Taxation systems, etc.) Formal cause: the moral order between the members (Why is it a society, and not a heap of individuals? "Solidarity")

- Group conscience (What must the members know for this society to exist?)

- Desire to collaborate for the Common Good (What must the members will for this society to exist?)

- Types of order (Coordinated specialization, distribution of goods and burdens, redundancy, communication of truth, etc.) Efficient cause: the leaders in authority (Who builds this moral order, and how?)

- What is a leader? (Why is he necessary? His main virtue, or Prudence. Other qualities he must have.)
- Laws: how a leader "puts a moral order" into the reason of his subordinates (Nature of a law. Developpment of a law: consultation, deliberation, decision.)
- Enforcement of laws: how a leader "puts a moral order" into the will of his subordinates (Enactment of a law. Monitoring of the execution. Nature of a sanction The types of power.)
- Given the above "ingredients", the extraordinary variety of "power recipes" which we can invent (Number of leaders: only one or kingship, all the citizens or democracy, a subset only or aristocracy? Selection method for leaders: heredity, chance, "might is right", elections, etc. Limits to the power of leaders: checks and balances, constitution, Church, Media, etc.) The possible relationships between societies

- Hierarchical relationships (A given society can have other societies "under" it, "above" it, or "at the same level". Solidarity and Subsidiarity.)

- Union and secession relationships (When should two societies merge into one? When should one divide into two? Promotion, tolerance or assimilation of minorities? Factors which facilitate #

- Power relationships (What do you do when another society tries to harm you?)

4.1.2) The main "kinds" of societies (How to the general principles listed above apply to each "kind" of society?) The Family, first natural society (or "domestic society") Intermediate societies (e.g., municipalities, provinces, professional corporations, unions, federations, countries, etc.) The "perfect" or "complete" society (or "Mankind", "international society", etc. Previously, the "State".)

4.2) Things that are "subordinated" to politics (This includes just about all human activities, but from the political point of view)

4.2.1) Mind (We could also say "cultural things") Relations with the Church (If the Catholic Church didn't exist, we would have first put here the "State religion", which would have been controlled by politicians, as weird as that might seem!) Public education Science The Means of social communication ("The Media") The common language Fine arts

4.2.2) Matter (We could also say "things related to money, more or less directly") The human body (Physical health of citizens, hospitals, etc.) The economy (How do we produce and distribute material wealth?) General principles

- Surbordination of economic activity to the person
- The Ten Commandments, source of wealth
- Technological progress
- Private property
- Free and responsible market (How to we reward people who are hard-working, frugal and clever?)
- Respect for the environment
- Etc. Things common to all economic sectors (or the "infrastructure". What facilitates exchanges, or coordinated specialization, etc. Often in the "public sector") Transportation of goods and persons (By networks: water, electricity, gas, etc. By vehicules, which we can divide by medium like air, ground, sea; and by type, like train, car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, etc.) Metrology and Standards ("transportation" of measurements, of industrial standards, etc.) Currency or money ("transportation" of value) Communications ("transportation" of information) Various parts of the economy (Often in the "private sector") Primary (Mines, fisheries, agriculture, etc.) Secondary (Textile, furniture, automobile manufacturing, power generation, etc.) Tertiary (Banks, tourism, the whole "cultural aspect" indirectly, etc.) The Environment


A.1) Writing guide for the Platform (To avoid typical errors, unsupported assertions, but also to leave room for dissenting opinions, etc.)

A.2) Bibliography (It should be possible to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science given this bibliography! Not referring to good books takes away a lot of credibility.)

A.3) Glossary (We have to define terms like man, Nation, Common Good, right, etc.)

A.4) Concordances (Concordances with the Bible, the Catechism, the Compendium, other electoral platforms, etc.)

A.5) Copyright (Who owns this Platform, and the work you contribute? Who can use it, and how?)

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