A New Enlightenment: Sustainable Liberty

A Sustainable Republic The purpose of Greenman House is to provide resources and ideas to promote the concept of a sustainable republic based on the twin concepts of liberty and individual responsibility. These two concepts must be balanced with another set of twin concepts: cohesion and compassionate care for those that cannot care for themselves. Government, therefore must provide a balance of the amount of power to protect liberty and provide for those that cannot care for themselves and limiting government intervention where it compromises liberty and usurps individual responsibility. The founders of the Republic endeavored to strike this balance and created a government that had the powers to address the key structural problems they saw in the Articles of Confederation while still protecting the ideas of humanism and liberty fostered by the Enlightenment.

Over the years, we have lost touch with the principles of the Enlightenment and many in today's United States do not even know what the Enlightenment was or its foundational ideas, let alone the philosophers, scientists, and politicians that gave it life. Greenman House seeks to brings these ideas back to life and promote a New Enlightenment upon which to reform and build the Republic. Resources and ideas in Greenman House are grouped into a series of centers that can be accessed by the icon bar near the top of each page. These icons open the following centers:
Center Purpose
A New Enlightenment: Sustainable LibertyGreenman House is dedicated to finding solutions for a sustainable republic based on the premises in the Declaration of Independence and the founder's vision of the Constitution.
The EnlightenmentThe Enlightenment was as much a reaction to the horror of the Thirty Years War and the English Civil War as it was a natural follow on the Reconnaissance. It brought a new sense of scientific openness and concern for the human condition to Europe and set the stage for the founding of the American Republic, the only state formed on its core principles.
Benjamin Franklin Center for Knowledge ManagementBenjamin Franklin was arguably the first "knowledge manager" in America. From his newspaper, to Poor Richard's Almanack, he diffused information throughout the colonies and the world and showed people how to effectively apply it.
TheVoltaire Center of Speculative FictionVoltaire was a philosopher and author who wrote powerful fiction to express the ideas of the Enlightenment
The George Washington Center for Strategy, Leadership, and Organizational EffectivenessGeorge Washington ably lead to complex organizations to critical success. As the commander of the Continental Army, his vision, organization ability and, most importantly, his leadership kept the army together during some of the most trying times in American history. The same can be said of his tenure as president. He formed the government, kept many diverse personalities working together and set the precedence for all future administrations.
The James Madison Center for Political Science and PhilosophyJames Madison is perhaps the most important of the "little known" founders of the Republic. He often gets lost with Washington, Adams, Jefferson and even Munroe. But Madison was a principle author of the United States Constitution and one of the driving forces behind its ratification. He was the author of many of the key Federalist Papers that explained the political philosophy behind the Constitution and advocated for its ratification. In many ways, he was the United States first political scientist.
The Thomas Jefferson Center for Freedom of Thought Thomas Jefferson founded two distinquished public colleges (United States Military Academy and University of Virginia), wrote the state of religious freedom in Virginia and the Declaration of Independence. While there are significant concerns over the slaves he owned, he clearly stood for liberty and freedom of thought and education. Even on the slavery issue, he made several proposals to end slavery that unfortunately did not get enacted.
Alexander Hamilton Center of Economic Analysis and PolicyAlexander Hamilton was the first Secretary of the Treasury and built many of the Republic's first financial capabilities. His ideas still share the republic today.
Daniel Morgan Center for National SecurityDaniel Morgan's a relative unknown, but key General during the American Revolution. He was critical to the success of two vitally important American victories: Saratoga and Cowpens. Morgan raised and led a regiment of riflemen from Virginia. The rifle they used was a key factor in these successes and was, in may ways, a unique American capability in warfighting at the time. Morgan is emblematic of adapting technology to enhance military power and superior leadership.
Thomas Paine Editorial CenterThomas Paine wrote Common Sense and other works that promoted liberty and helped to inspire Americans during some of the darkest hours of the early days of the American Revolution

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