“We would never have known by what process truth is to be ascertained, if we had not previously ascertained many truths. . . Doubtless, the most effectual mode of showing how the sciences of Ethics and Politics may be constructed would be to construct them.”
Although the majority of the book is grindingly slow, somewhat like milling bones, John Stuart Mill’s A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive, Book V literally explodes with the wisdom of the first four books.
Creating a rationally ethical political system does not begin with a blank slate. It is often argued (even by me) that our nation indeed tried “something new.” They did it, however, by carefully considering and applying the wisdom of a broken world against the cumulative success and brilliance of a shadowed past.
We do know the very best and most sublime government in the history of the world, and we can see how we abandoned it over time. We can all see what a horrible mess it has become, and why.
It still exists, and no rational person can deny that the founders of America: the Great Experiment, knew by what process truth was to be obtained. They constructed this nation on the highest ethics and politics ever conceived or implemented to create the envy of this world’s history.
It only stopped working because we let it. We allowed the power, wealth, immorality, and greed that chewed up and swallowed every nation become the government of this one.