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Circumstances and Beliefs

Social circumstances and political beliefs make each other up in the fashion of the chicken and the egg, with the following caveat:  The scope of a person’s beliefs is bounded by the scope of the moral foundations they employ.    – The Independent Whig

The Great Struggle

The great struggle of humanity is the struggle to find the proper balance between community and autonomy, and the tipping point is always moving.  – The Independent Whig

Income Inequality in a Nutshell

Income inequality is to free markets and our quality of life as the wake is to a ship that carries us safely and comfortably across the stormy north Atlantic. The former is a natural consequence of the latter. The only way to reduce or eliminate the wake of income inequality is to do the same … Continue reading

Conservatism and Liberalism in a Nutshell

When there’s food on the table there are many problems. When there’s no food on the table there is only one problem. The seven-foundation (including ownership) conservative morality gained freedom from an oppressive regime, and it created a new form of government designed to prevent such oppression from ever happening again. The new nation, thus … Continue reading

I Support Viewpoint Diversity


A politically diverse group of social scientists, natural scientists, humanists, and other scholars who want to improve our academic disciplines and universities. We share a concern about a growing problem: the loss or lack of “viewpoint diversity.” When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged, and errors can go unchallenged.

An Interpretation of Jonathan Haidt’s Moral Foundations Theory

This sidebar lists a series of posts which together make up an essay relating Moral Foundations Theory to today's politics, and even a little history, as viewed through The Independent Whig's six-foundation moral lens.


Venn Diagram of Liberal and Conservative Traits and Moral Foundations and