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    Formism is an ideology representative of the ethical, political, and economic view of Lexarete. It is an economically and socially right, culturally reactionary ideology that derives much from Distributist.png Distributism, Catholic Social Teaching, and the works of Plato, particularly his Theory of Forms. The chief ideas and policies of Formism are the Culturally Unique Governance, the Citizenship Fee Tax, the Essentia Societatis, and Catheo.png Catholic Theocracy while also implementing Subsidiarity and Mass Private Ownership from Distributism.

    Philosophical Beliefs


    Formism builds from Plato's thought and asserts that, rather than a form determining necessarily the ideal of a person or object, forms determine the purpose of a person or object. Formism determines this purpose via the stress on the temperament of the person or object. If an action from the person or object stresses and erodes their temperament over time, such as cutting with a knife eroding the edge of the knife over time, Formism thusly identifies that action as the purpose of the person or object.

    Virtue and Vice

    Formism espouses that the identification of virtue and vice is through the adherence to and excelling in their form and purpose. From this it derives a tendency of Virtue towards selflessness and Vice towards selfishness with moderation to ensure the security of one's self. Key virtues recognized by Formism are Piety, Honesty, Bravery, Chastity, and Loyalty with Profanity, Fraud, Cowardice, Lecherousness, and Treachery modelling their respective Vices.

    Great Man Theory

    Formism is a strong proponent of Great Man Theory, believing that it is in the nature of some individuals to shape the world in massive ways. In order to explain this differing nature, Formism argues that there are certain virtues applicable to these people's forms that remain inapplicable to others. These virtues are typically described as Initiative, Righteous Indignation, and Opportunism. It is important to note that these virtues are in addition to the virtues pertaining to all people as Formism notes that in order for someone to be a Great Man they must be a Good Man first.

    Political Beliefs

    Essentia Societatis

    Formism relies heavily on Plato's Theory of Forms in its identification of nations. The Formist claim is that all aspects of a given society, its culture, its philosophy, and its government proper, all derive from a immaterial form of the said society that it calls the Essentia Societatis. Formism then claims that for a society to be just and good it must appeal to its form as much as possible. From these claims, much of Formist policy is derived, leading chiefly to its belief that cultures should not be intermixed in a society and instead should be given their own sovereignties.

    Culturally Unique Governance

    Formism posits that as cultures possess a unique combination of values their governments must reflect as such to best accommodate the people it serves. As such, Formism advocates for every nation to be governed by a government structured uniquely for its culture. This view differs from cultural or political relativism, however, as it believes that there exist some policies that must be instituted regardless of culture. When addressing the development of local cultures, Formism prescribes that if a local culture develops to be distinct and antithetical enough to the national culture that it should be granted independence from the nation.

    Citizenship Fee Tax

    Formism advocates for a set fee to be taxed from the citizenry instead of a percentage regardless of factors such as income, consumption, or property ownership. It proports that alternatives to this actively punishes those in the middle class for being successful (as the upper class is largely unaffected by tax in the long term), resulting in either a shrinking middle class or an increase in class stagnation. This set fee also works as a hard boundary for a nations funding, preventing it from overstepping its bounds or allowing for politicians to "embezzle tax funds".

    Natural Rights

    While finding most of its ideology detestable, Formism does take away from ClassicalLiberal.png Classical Liberalism the idea of Natural Rights. Formism believes that the idea of the Pursuit of Happiness can be identified with the pursuit of the adherence to form and the Essentia Societatis, thus deeming it essential that this be maintained as a natural right of the people. From this point Formism claims the other chief Natural Rights of Life, Liberty, and Property to be essential to the Pursuit of Happiness and affirms that they must be guaranteed by all governments similarly.

    Role of the Catholic Church

    Formism on its own is an inherently Catholic ideology and as such believes that the doctrines of the Catholic Church must be applied to the sociopolitical aspects of nations. This belief first manifests in its advocacy for moral law, seeking to criminalize the production of hedonistic material such as drugs and pornography. This also manifests in its belief in the delegation of education to local parishes instead of public schooling. Other manifestations include opposition to homosexual activity, promotion of strong ties with the Holy See, and general intolerance for hedonistic or "sinful" behavior.


    The core foundation of Formist economics is based in Distributist.png Distributism with its advocacy for localization, mass private ownership of the means of production, anti-trust legislation, and mutual banking. Formism also believes in deregulation of the market for all except quality regulations as regulations that hamper production ultimately harm the the common man as it claims. Formism also strongly believes in economic independence, believing that a nation should limit its imports to foreign novelties and relying on domestic production for most goods.

    Social Policy

    Formist social policy is strongly influenced by Catholic Social Teaching and follows as such. It believes that the family unit must be strengthened and that the state should promote an increase in marriage rates and reproduction of children within said marriages. Formism also puts a heavy emphasis on charity work by private individuals to help the lower class as well as the effort to lead members of communities to work together in solidarity through the promotion of social cohesion and neighborly exchange.

    How to draw

    Flag of Formism
    1. Draw a ball.
    2. Draw a Chi Rho in red.
    3. Fill the left half dark blue.
    4. Fill the right half gold.
    5. Add the eyes.

    You're done!

    Color Name HEX RGB
    Red #d9171a 217, 23, 26
    Dark Blue #1a193a 26, 25, 58
    Gold #ffe64d 255, 230, 77


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    • Distributist.png Distributism - My brother in Christ... and economics!
    • Federal.png Federalism - Subsidiarity by another name.
    • Cultural Nationalism.png Cultural Nationalism - He understands that culture must be preserved, a good friend.
    • Catheo.png Catholic Theocracy - I humbly submit myself to the will of the Holy See.
    • Jedpill.png Jed-Pilled Thought - Very good ideas, though hopefully he'll understand that monarchism isn't for everyone.
    • MinnDistIcon.png Minnesotan Distributism - Despite his monarchism he is a great ideology, freedom for Minnesota!
    • Conseil.png Conseilism - His economics are a bit socialist, but his social policy is true to tradition and he is a good Noocrat which I cannot help but commend.
    • ONL.png One Nation Libertarianism - A very good ideology, we get along quite well.


    • Georgist.png Georgism - An ally against the Servile State, but his obsession with taxing land value is a bit much.
    • Nrx.png Neoreactionarism - An ally against the progressivist nightmare, though I'm not so sure about the race thing.
    • ClassicalLiberal.png Classical Liberalism - We don't agree on a lot, but when we do we agree strongly.
    • File:Capitalist.png Capitalism - He's almost there, but he needs to deal with a few issues if we can be truly friends.
    • Daveism-icon.png Daveism - A Reactionary and Christian like me, but a top down system simply cannot function effectively.
    • Trumpism.png Trumpism - The Nationalist and Protectionist elements are good but populism can only result in mob rule.
    • Monarch.png Monarchism - Preferable for rulership over some cultures, but not a universal good.
    • File:American Integralism Smoll.png American Integralism - What it says on the tin is very good, its everything else that brings it down.


    • File:Fascist.png Fascism - The synthesis of the Corporation and the Government is precisely what Belloc warned against!
    • File:Marxist-Leninist.png Marxism-Leninism - A collectivist to the core, one I must fight however I can.
    • File:Corporatocracy.png Corporatocracy - The essence of monopoly, he must be destroyed swiftly.
    • Awaj.png Anarchism - The lowest and worst regime, Plato would be dismayed.
    • Quarkism.png Quarkism - Though he is an enemy of the anarchic mob, he is still an atheistic collectivist.
    • Anti-Deathism-icon.png Anti-Deathism - If we cannot die we cannot ever enter the Kingdom of Heaven, unacceptable!
    • Catd.png Catboy Distributism - Pope Leo XIII is spinning in his blessed grave.
    • Nazi.png National Socialism - The evils of Fascism now with added genocide!
    • Falgsc.png FALGSOC - The peak of Accelerationist degeneracy, something that must be destroyed.
    • Kak.png Kakistocracy - The fool's reign will only result in Anarchy and Tyranny.
    • GWB.png George W. Bushism - We must never forget the Forever Wars and their enslavement of the American people to the Military Industrial Complex.
    • LibMon.png Liberal Monarchism - Monarchism without the good parts.
    • Airisu.png Airisuism and Neo-Airisuism Neoairisu.png - Naive Marxist Feminist LARPing, proof as to why public schooling has failed our youth.
    • Waspism5.png Waspism - Very misguided and openly spiteful towards my ideals with no desire to discuss sanely. An unfortunate disgrace.

    Further Reading

    • Republic - Plato
    • Memorabilia - Xenophon
    • Cyropaedia - Xenophon
    • Rerum Novarum - Pope Leo XIII
    • The Servile State - Hilaire Belloc
    • Moralia - Plutarch
    • Syllabus Errorum - Pope Pius IX
    • Quadragesimo Anno - Pope Pius XI
    • Two Treatises of Government - John Locke
    • On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History - Thomas Carlyle

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