Today, I am proud to announce that this marks my 1,000th Post on The Fourth Estate. After spending three years on the Blog, I cannot believe that an important milestone has been achieved. I may have maintained a number of WordPress Blogs throughout the 2010s, but The Fourth Estate continues to be the one that I have settled on the most because of all the research and discussions that I made available here. The Work-Standard (2nd Ed.), The Third Place (1st Ed.), Economic History Case Studies, Thus Spoke Lenin, the Digital Library, and now Work-Standard Accounting Practices (1st Ed.). The milestone was reached on the same year as the 20th anniversary of WordPress, which appeared on the World Wide Web on May 27, 2003. It is amazing how twenty years can pass by so quickly.
Consider the Blog’s 1,000th Post to serve as a general overview of what The Fourth Estate is all about, a connecting bridge between past research from the 2010s and all future research later for as long as WordPress continues to exist.
The Fourth Estate is an invaluable source of content related to my research from the 2010s, complimented by more recent expansions and enhancements since then. The content here tries to provide straightforward, everyday discussions of obscure or overlooked topics from Political Science and other related fields across the various Social Sciences. Economics and Finance, International Relations and Political Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology, Military Science and World History, Accounting and Technology constitute the current gamut of content here. Efforts to offer innovations to Political Science and the other related fields have always been at the heart of the Blog, an initiative heralded by the concept of the Work-Standard, and the revolutionary implications that come with it.
The Blog’s name originates from a now-forgotten point of contention over the very definition of the name itself among 19th and 20th century Conservatives and Socialists. Does the term “Fourth Estate” denote the “Press” or the “Proletariat?” The result of this has led to the Blog advocating for what I have chosen to describe as “Hamiltonian Federalist Socialism” (often shortened as ‘Hamiltonianism’), an All-American Conservative Socialist ideology with adherents on the American Right and the American Left. What enables Hamiltonianism to overcome the Left-Right Political Spectrum and the Freedom-Security Dialectic of Neoliberalism is its Pluralist tradition emanating from its distinct conception of American Nationalism. Like many things associated with American Culture, Hamiltonianism has to be fully cognizant of where it draws its own influences from other Cultures and Civilizations. The ideology realizes that it cannot always imitate everything from other ideologies, especially those of other Socialisms. Even the Scientific Socialism of Marx and Engels has its limitations within the American National Consciousness.
Arguably the most important development on The Fourth Estate is a monetary currency system known as the “Work-Standard” the lynchpin that informs all other discussions on the Blog. Shaped by the past century of experiences among Conservatives, Socialists and others, the Work-Standard seeks to consolidate those experiences and combine them to lay the foundations for a different way of life beyond the Liberal Capitalist Parliamentary Democracy so prevalent throughout much of the world in the 21st century.
What the Work-Standard has demonstrated is that much of the world’s economic problems are financial in nature. The problems are economic, the solutions are financial, and the responses are political. If the Proletariat is going to remain relevant in the 21st century, it must recognize itself as a part of a “Totality” (as opposed to a ‘Civil Society’) far greater than the sum of an entire nation citizenry. The Proletariat is not a “Class” in the same sense that a “Social Rank” determines somebody’s status within the Totality. The Proletariat is in hindsight a “Typus,” a personality type personified by the “Figure” that best defines and invokes it.
Today, all further research on the Work-Standard and efforts to articulate its overall feasibility, capabilities and implications remain ongoing. With Work-Standard Accounting Practices nearing its completion at the time of this Post, the future remains bright, yet unknown.
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Congratulations on the 1000 post mile stone DAH. The 4th Estate blog is one of the most intellectually insightful blogs I have read. The greatest achievement of this blog in my humble opinion is that you have been able to create a form of Conservative Socialism based on the American tradition of Alexander Hamilton. I have said it in past on my own blog that one of problems of American dissident politics is that many of these groups weather they be fascist or communist or other groups seem to be very foreign to the American people due to them adopting symbols and thinkers of foreign countries with little influence from American traditions and thinkers. This blog is exception to this rule and has a healthy balance of both American and foreign thinkers. Which is key to have Conservative Socialism grow in the US. Due to this and your wealth of knowledge on numerous issues you are worthy in my opinion to be called our Karl Marx. Hope to see more come from this blog.
– Albino Squirrel
Thank you so much for the compliment. I appreciate it! I am still in disbelief that this marks the 1,000th Post according to the data analytics on my WordPress Account.
Yes, a lot of the problems with Non-Jeffersonian American politics (that is, political discourse not copacetic with the Democratic-Republican Party and its two main Democratic and Republican Factions) is that whenever and wherever we borrow something from abroad, we need to Americanize it. Similar trends already occurred in the Culinary Arts. How many foreign foods do you know of that have gone on to become so ubiquitous within American culture? Shouldn’t we apply that same expectation to our American politics?
My personal complaint about those American Communist and Fascist groups you mentioned is that they do not realize this. To use the Culinary Arts analogy, their mentality is the equivalent of having to earn a university degree in Italian or French just to enjoy a fine gourmet meal at an authentic French or Italian restaurant in New York. Why would I need to earn a university degree and speaking Italian or French just to enjoy my meal?
Don’t get me wrong. There will always be those of us who will be passionate about eating French-style Head Cheese or Italian-style Risotto. But most Americans are not going to be interested in the really exotic stuff and are going to expect those cuisines to be more aligned with our palates. That’s why we came up with “Spaghetti and Meatballs” or “French toast” as American-style renditions of Italian and French cuisines. “Never pour new wine into an old wine bottle.”
American Communists and Fascists ought to be thinking the same way.
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