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The goal here is to improve society by exploring and refining ideas and guiding principles about how we all live together as humans as informed by the United States Founding principles.  Topics will include politics, political theory, economics, psychology, social psychology, behavioral economics, and history.

By Founding principles, I am referring to the thinking and work that went into creating the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the “American Experiment” and influencing the norms and values Americans have about politics.

The core question we are exploring is:
How to “stand on the shoulders of giants” and take the work of the Founding fathers and Founding principles and extend them forward to the modern world and current circumstances of the United States?

A core assumption is that when an idea is expressed, via post or comment, that the goal is to test it.  Spend time digging around the edges, testing it, determining if it is true, if it works, if it makes sense.  Does it take into account the broader human experience?

Then over time, new, better and refined ideas will replace the original.

Be polite and treat people with respect even when, and especially when, they express opinions you don’t agree with.  Keep reminding yourself of the principles behind the first amendment.

I am interested in dissent being expressed, that means people need to feel free to express dissenting opinions without being bashed.  If you object to a stated opinion, then refute the idea with facts and better ideas without attacking the person.

The below posts represents a recommended starting order.

  1. Maybury’s Two Laws – two guiding principles for how humans thrive
  2. Government intervention – part of a series on competing liberties, yours and the other person, a challenge in today’s political discussions.
  3. To Criminalize or De-criminalize – introducing a model for use in discussing many current issues, from drugs to guns.
  4. Government Intervention – your body – part of a series of competing liberties, you vs protecting you from yourself.
  5.  What is a minimalist – a word to describe how I see my view of government after thinking much on all these issues.