Open and attentive discussion is the fundament of democracy.
The purpose of political discussions is to create a dialogue about Pros and Cons and to offer citizens an insight into their politicians’ incentives for choosing certain solutions rather than others.
Regrettably enough, our political culture is full of roundabout talk, self-promotion and mud-slinging. Political commentators who are supposed to put political statements and arguments into perspective engage instead in discussing how politicians’ remarks shape their popularity.
Therefore, The Alternative has phrased six principles which are conceived as benchmarks in our political discussions. The objective of these principles is to filter out the noise and to put focus on political substance. Word is action.
The six debate principles:
- We will openly discuss both the advantages and the disadvantages of a certain argument or line of action.
- We will listen more than we speak, and we will meet our political opponents on their own ground.
- We will emphasize the core set of values that guide our arguments.
- We will acknowledge when we have no answer to a question or when we make mistakes.
- We will be curious about each and every person with whom we are debating.
- We will argue openly and factually as to how The Alternative’s political vision can be realized.