We work to shed as much ideological baggage as possible in the interest of fact-driven research and the pursuit of practical, rational, and effective strategies to overcome contemporary challenges.
However, literally defined, ideology (defined as a system of values or beliefs) is essential in identifying what qualifies as a "problem" and what might qualify as an effective "solution" - or strategy - for overcoming it. Our solution is an attempt at balance, to nail down a shared set of core values we believe most rational persons can agree on - a consensus we can build upon.
The values below are this site's latest living-draft attempt, listed in hierarchical order.
I OBjective Truth
Accurate communication, dissemination, and discovery of information is essential for human progress, problem-solving, and facilitating the principles that follow. Ideas and beliefs must remain open to change with new information based in the scientific method.
II Human Dignity
The avoidance of suffering and the pursuit of health (psychological or physical) is a right of all persons regardless of origin and personal history, heritage, appearance, belief, or behavior. Dignity does not preclude the administration of justice, but it does shape its form.
III Equality of Opportunity
All persons should - at birth - share equal access to the assets known to promote healthy human development.
IV Robust Economy
The stable, reliable, and efficient transfer/distribution of goods and services is necessary to support the values aforementioned. Government is responsible to ensure commerce, while otherwise free, maintains balance with its own aims and does not infringe upon hierarchically higher values.
V Personal Liberty
The self-selected lifestyle and behavior of individual persons must not be impinged upon by government, except in the clear and demonstrable interest of the values aforementioned. Freedom of thought is essential for truth, dignity, opportunity, and liberty; communication of ideas is the extension of thought. Neither thought or the communication of ideas should be limited by force or coercion.