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Synthetic Neo-Rawlsian Ponyism

The recent influx of Pony immigrants in Frenequesta has brought many elements of Equestrian culture to the country. Freneq Scholars, theologians, philosophers, and other academics have been long fascinated by the Harmonist religion and its impact on the lifestyle of Ponies, and Equestrian Studies is one of the fastest growing majors at Freneq universities.

What is known as "Synthetic Neo-Rawlsian Ponyism" by critics is not a single ideology (and certainly not a religion, as the World Assembly seems to believe) but really a large networking project that attempts to reconcile Harmonist values with views on social justice, a well-ordered state, and social contract theory that have been popular and well-known in the Freneq conscience for the last 200 years of the Freneq-Joplinian venture. As such, there are several sub-schools of this school of thought, some of which ordinarily divided between views on rights and justice on one hand and the nature of the universe itself, especially as it relates to Ponies and their relationship with others on the other hand (which in itself is still a mystery to many Freneq scientists).

The first papers attempting this venture were published in 2217 were the essay "Explaining the Element of Magic via the Difference Principle: A Thought-Experiment in Harmony and its Jurisprudential Consequences" by Judge Cedar Dance and University of Neue Bayreuth Herman Adolph Professor of Political Philosophy William Lovelock's book "Universalizing the Elements of Harmony", which caused a memetic sensation in the academic community with many commentaries and imitators.

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