@Verv , I want to talk to you about your reflections here, because it's clear to me at the very least that I'm having some issues with American politics, as I have all my adult life, and those issues have been coming to a head. You began;
I was thinking that one thing Christians have to actively due is to simply seek the minimization of evil, and this was really the basis of what the first Americans also sought when they left the corrupt Anglican Church to try to get full religious liberty. Let's remember, England was a country that had legally repressed Catholics, Quakers, and Puritans, and at the beginning of the 17th century had a King whose homosexuality was not a secret at all, yet was also the head of the C of E.
On first principles, I think that Christians should pray for righteous leaders, and if they are the commanding element in a society, work towards having those righteous leaders. We should expect this from the highest to the least offices in the land; moral rectitude.
The experience of monarchy for the first Americans was fleeing a degenerate monarch that persecuted the righteous, and that was also generally incapable.
Yes, not the best advertisement for Monarchy, to be sure.
The second and third generation of Americans witnessed a Republic also basically fall under Cromwell, and were all aware of Plato's ideas about hwo Republics turn into oligarchies or anarchy that quickly becomes another form of tyranny...
And with a terrible and depressing regularity.
The goal, I think, was to create a folkish libertarian republic. By folkish I mean that I believe the principles of religious conservatism & agrarianism were very important to them. By libertarian I only mean that the emphasis would be on the autonomy of individuals who would be capable of standing proudly themselves outside of the state.
I began my journeys in political philosophy with basically advocating much the same, became more and more ''Statist'' as a Reactionary Monarchist, remained essentially an Authoritarian in my Leftist phase, and now as my Faith has deepened and as I've experienced more of life in the world, I find myself being tugged back to where I had started, before this brief but pithy comment of yours, lol.
While this is not something that I believe was necessarily meant to be applicable to all of the governments throughout the world... It was something that made sense for America at that time, and it may be the only ideas that we can strive to return to and expect any amount of success. By success I do not even mean literally being able to institute this, I only mean that we won't be laughed at by 98% of the population, which is what you'll get if you clownishly proclaim that we need an Orthodox monarch.
That's the other interesting thing. The official Orthodoxy still seems hung up on the Monarchial era, some perhaps forgetting the same ages also saw the very Russian Orthodox Novgorod Republic, with both a Prince and a Veche... And also without considering the freedom of the Orthodox Christian Cossacks, and definitely ignoring the self governing of the ''Old Believers''.
Supporting liberty also gives us the advantage of being able to relate ourselves back to most people and have some amount of common ground.
I will also say this: There is a certain popularity for libertarian thought everywhere.
Here in Korea, Libertarainism is not popular, but it is not laughed at or viewed as wrong. It is a respectable position, and has potential for growth. It's also something that can bring left & right to the negotiating table. The better nature of most people wants to have their enemies free and content, not vanquished.
Without much power in this world, but still having a mission to spread the true Gospel to all Nations, we are almost forced by default to act and live as ''Libertarians'' as it is, whatever we think of the modern political theory in any case.
This goes back to raising the black flag...
And let me also suggest that forming a parallel society within a free country could potentially fulfill all of the needs that we have to create a gemeinschaft where otherewise we may feel empty.
Never underestimate the power of small communities of people with the same religion, ethnicity, or artistic inclinations. They can create richer meaning than any state can. Because, after all, what we really want is just a place to be comfortable and share ourselves with others.
This is probably the path of least resistance.
Yes, communities that live the full Orthodox Christian life free of outside interference but at the same time welcoming to those who think and seek who are (at least temporarily anyway) outside these communities.
EDIT; I might also add to this discussion of communities that I think is implicit is separation. In America, we are separating. There are multiple Americas, and slowly but surely we are not only physically segregating, but also intellectually, culturally. Attached to this notion is also that of technological decline. I believe Modernity is physically unsustainable, with dwindling energy resources. Slowly also we will be becoming a more agrarian world, and more like the 18th and 19th centuries in our development.
The problem is that Libertarian talking points do not actually stand up for Christian talking points.
This has been the biggest difficulty in my opinion, for me anyway. But again as I grow, I cannot see any other way. The formal philosophical and political Libertarians can be ''right'' without having all the right reasons, and be involved in building something greater than they realize. Much as with America and our Constitutional forms itself.
In the ongoing struggle between ''Progress'' and ''Tradition'', we have to ask ourselves; ''how did we get here''? And humbly seek to differentiate between the ''traditions of men'' and the traditions of God, that which is eternally valid everywhere and at all times. This is, by the way, why I think my evolving thinking regarding ''Hellenism'' and ''Barbarism'' is fruitful. Your own life in Korea is probably also a powerful intellectual and spiritual/cultural catalyst, is it not, for these very same reasons? Westernization and Modernity, with their Hellenistic roots, probably only have a superficial veneer over the culture...
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.