(Part 2 in a series of articles on A Global Need for Principled Leadership)
by Pierre Coupet
As well, there are others who would argue that "pragmatism" takes precedence over "principles" and that they would rather be a "Pragmatic Leader" than a "Principled Leader" - someone who can make the necessary tough decisions when circumstances warrant it instead of someone who's bogged down by--or chained to--some artificial concept or dogma which has no relevance or semblance to the realities of life and governance in a dangerous, doggy-dog world.
And yet, there are some who believe that they are not only "principled" but also "pragmatic" leaders and that these characteristics are not mutually exclusive.
And last but not least, there are some who claim that, though they are "principled leaders," they can ill afford to reveal that in their current environment because, once exposed, they would be railed against, blackmailed, completely destroyed, blacklisted, and run out of town or killed.
Therefore, given this divergence of views on what it means to be a "principled leader,” I believe it is high time that I clarify what it means to be a principled leader:
Subscribes to A Priori Ethics
A Principled Leader subscribes to a universal code of ethics called “A Priori Ethics.” A priori ethics subscribes to only one principle, which is: "Do no harm and do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Therefore, if any single action you are contemplating cannot pass this test, then it should not be undertaken. There is no room for ambiguity, rationalization, equivocation or any other sort of consideration.
A Principled Leader clearly, unequivocally, and unmistakably articulates to the world a set of principles - “transparency” being chief among them - that he will not deviate from under any circumstances, even at the risk of his own peril. After all, it’s only fair that you forewarn others about where you stand before you begin to engage with them. The worst possible thing that could happen is that some would ignore your warnings and try to put you to the test in order to find out whether or not you really mean what you say or if you are just another one of these hypocrites who talk out of both ends of their mouth and love to project the smoke-and-mirrors effect of stating a set of principles that nobody cares to follow.
A Principled Leader leads himself instead of others -- and insists upon others within his circle of influence that they too learn how to lead themselves -- in accordance with the universal code of ethics: “A Priori Ethics.”
Does Not Seek to Inspire Others and Is Rather Inspired by His Team
In one minute, they portend or profess a willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice for their leader; and the next minute, they will betray that leader and sabotage the organization’s operations; or lynch him and have his neck either in a guillotine block or dangling at the end of a rope.
After all, it is worth noting that capitalism, in its truest form, was never meant to benefit only a chosen few and propagate or enable economic enslavement, disinformation and false flag operations, blackmail and intimidation and terror, blatant propaganda, puppet and corrupt governments, poverty, disease, chaos, death and destruction to the rest of the world.
Thus, it can be said with a reliable degree of certainty and accuracy that the internet leaves very little place for scoundrels and malfeasants to hide.
Today’s current leaders have no understanding or appreciation for the “judicious use of power” whose basic tenet states that “just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”
The old ways of dealing with those who dared to defy the status quo (e.g., death under mysterious circumstances, etc.) can no longer be hidden from the rest of the world. Responding with more sophisticated “disinformation” campaigns and “false flag” operations through the global mainstream media is no longer a 100% effective option since the audience that these town criers appeal to obtains their news from “alternative media.” That audience considers global mainstream media a nefarious tool of corrupt leaders which does nothing but “regurgitate” propaganda and promote dumbed-down content and massive mind control, mind manipulation, and disinformation campaigns.
It is no longer a question of “where there is smoke, there is fire”; the "informed or enlightened" working class can see the “raging forest fire” and you can’t tell them it’s all in their mind or it’s nothing serious - just a little bit of smoke that will quickly die out on its own.
Principled leaders allow us to make a paradigm shift from today’s “swamp” mentality. And that is the reason why we, the world over, always wind up with different leaders but the same old crap - a very dysfunctional and “exceptional” system built on “smoke and mirrors,” nowhere near grounded in any sort of reality, always going around in a perpetual circle.
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