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We used to have faith in the frontier. We would become pioneers and colonize distant worlds. Today, we live in the dusk of these ambitions. Technology, in which we placed our hopes, has bewitched us with fractured mirrors of desire broadcast on a billion screens. Instead of progress and purpose, we find simulated achievement and simulated community. Despite economic prosperity, we are confronted with alienation, loss of institutional trust, and withdrawal from public life. There is a void at the heart of our culture, a nihilism that has robbed us of our dreams.
We need a new direction. The experience of the pandemic ruptured our sense of normalcy and led us to reconsider our way of life. The reconfiguration of our relationships over the Internet hinted that new modes of social organization were possible. With this opportunity in hand, we must ask ourselves: how do we want to live our lives?
Praxis offers an answer. We want to live in communities that give us a sense of ownership and belonging, with people who share our values and dreams. We will find purpose in a quest to build a new culture founded on an old insight: that in the final analysis, all moral systems, social systems, and political systems are judged by the vitality they produce in a people. John Locke quotes Cicero: salus populi suprema lex. The health of the people is the supreme law. We aspire to live vital lives. As individuals, through beauty, strength, and virtue. As a society, by expanding the horizons of art, commerce, and technology.
With this moral primitive as our compass, we set out on the frontier to build a new city.

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