Those who cling to perceptions (saññā) and views (diṭṭhi)
Wander (vicarati) the world offending (ghaṭṭeti) people.
-- Buddha

Instructions for Authors
Subject Matter. Although there is no formal limit on the length of the manuscript, brevity is the soul of wit, and manuscripts of 2500 words or less will be smiled upon. The New Independent Whig is intended to promote the discussion and furtherance of the following ideas:
1. The purpose of government is to serve the public good,
2. Americans are called upon to educate themselves and remain closely attentive to the conduct of their government to ensure that the government continues to serve the public good, as members of government are susceptible to mistaken ideas, a lack of information, and corruption,
3. Corruption consists of promoting private interests at the expense of the public good; corruption is tantamount to tyranny.
4. Regarding pragmatic solutions that will enable the government to serve the public good more efficiently, Americans are apt to agree on a great many issues, and these points of agreement are a foundation on which consensus-driven broad-based political change can be achieved, 
5. The public good is served by a government that prioritizes internal improvements: that is, public works, infrastructure, and a healthcare system that is agreeable to most Americans; the public good is also served by robust public education and affordable higher education, and by a firm commitment to help Americans avoid economic hardship during their retirement years;
6. The public good is served by a government that encourages the employment of Americans, and discourages the outsourcing of jobs. Creating jobs at home is important not merely because it will lower unemployment, but because the presence of a robust manufacturing sector is one of the characteristics that makes a nation powerful and self-reliant,
7. Whigs are not “progressives.” The term “progressive,” properly understood, is premised on a materialistic, deterministic, and broad assumption that people are irrevocably driven by economic self-interest. If this were so, it would be impossible to speak of a public interest,
8. Nor are Whigs "libertarian." The term "libertarian" evokes a long history of radically individualistic thinking and laissez-faire economics; these ideas are contrary to classical liberalism in the Commonwealth tradition.

Editorial Guidelines. 
1. Partisan rhetoric is unhelpful, as the goal of this publication is to expand upon principles of government on which a majority of Americans can agree. Ideally, the reader will not discern a bias toward either the political left or right,
2. Similarly, the essay should not condemn the beliefs of honest and well-intentioned Americans, and instead, seek to identify principles that will unite rather than divide. Inflammatory or divisive language and sentiments are unwelcome,
3. Avoid the terms “moderate” and “centrist” as they refer to vague abstractions,
4. It is sometimes necessary to point out wrongs; when doing so, focus on the act rather than the actor. We are less concerned with people who are wealthy than with people who misuse their wealth to seek excessive influence over the political process,
5. The language and ideas expressed in the essay must be plain, and accessible to a general readership,
6. Footnotes are required when referring to published works. Plagiarism is, of course, unacceptable.

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