PORP values comprehensive, systematic improvements in American politics. We believe that this will be best accomplished by promoting four key concepts, each of which contributes to political discourse from distinct directions:
- Policymaking through reason and critical thinking
The guiding principle to all of our policy stances and advocacy is healthily skeptical critical thinking. Every political belief should be the endpoint of a rational consideration, and every political debate should operate within the bounds of reason. This is not to say that emotion and ethics have no place in politics – rather, passion for or against an issue should be wholly justified by a logical progression of thought. We encourage all Americans to forge political opinions based on this principle.
- Nonpartisan evidence as the source of truth
Essential to critical thinking in politics is the presence and application of primary data, peer-reviewed research, and the scientific method. Evidence is foundational to accurate, productive political discussions that benefit the public interest. Furthermore, as new evidence emerges, or previous evidence is appropriately discredited, political stances based on that evidence should be allowed to evolve. We strive to use nonpartisan data, expert consensus, and news from credible primary sources as often as possible, so as to consider each political issue from its factual roots.
- Education for both the electorate and the elected
Unbiased, thorough, high-quality education is critical to the function of an efficient, productive electorate. This education does not stop with graduation from school; it is a lifelong endeavor in the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, and skill. To raise the bar of our politics, policymakers and constituents alike should always be given ample opportunity to learn. To make politics more reasonable, we are committed to promoting and facilitating technical, vocational, academic, and civic education initiatives.
- Exposure to, and understanding of, opposing political viewpoints
Though it is an increasingly unpopular idea in modern politics, thoroughly understanding the beliefs and motivations of one’s political opponents is invaluable to productive discourse. Furthermore, agreement and disagreement on political ideas should be thoroughly grounded in reason, rather than in blind loyalty to one side. We pledge to forge alliances and oppositions that are governed by these rules of civic engagement.