Our Process

When I refer to our “Process,” I am referring to the problem-solving process of reasoning-by-principles (my own term). 

Reasoning-by-principles is an approach to problem-analysis and problem-solving that is based on logic—not tradition, not precedent, not religious doctrine, not opinion—and upon principles that have nothing to do with personal interest. It is a good approach to take for a social critic—and for politicians, as well. This is the approach I use in my writing and speaking as a social critic.

The basic approach of reasoning-by-principles is as follows:

  • In advance of the problem-solving task, have a firm grasp of your assumptions about the world and reality. In other worlds, be clear and overt about what your worldview is. In this social movement, our worldview is expressed on the “Our Principles” page of the “Here We Stand” menu, above.

  • Also in advance of the problem-solving task, have a firm grasp of your values. As we use the word here, your “values” are the outcomes that you want, the positions that you want to advance—your goals. In this social movement, our values are expressed on the “Our Values” page of the “Here We Stand” menu, above.

  • Then follow the principle (first articulated by Margaret Mead): “A clear understanding of the problem prefigures the lines of its solution.”

To flesh out that principle a bit more:

  1. Face reality—as defined by the facts. (No fudging of the facts here. Liking reality is optional; facing reality is mandatory.)
  2. Specify the true root problem. This is what you should seek to solve.
  3. In devising a solution, seek to create the greatest good for the greatest number.
  4. Deploy your assets and exert your best efforts to solve this problem and reach your goals.