In my post about the eight spokes of information policy, there was a lot of constructive feedback. It seems to be enough on target that I have created a new page for taking this further, called The Pirate Wheel.
From the feedback in the comments and in voice, there was one thing I realized needed changing. While I’m fond of the model with a ship’s wheel with eight spokes, I think the Humanism entry deserves to move into the hub. At some point, most of our policies radiate from civil liberties and the individual human’s rights and diversities.
So what is Humanism?
The page of The Pirate Wheel says, in short form:
Humanism – at the hub. Everybody has the same rights regardless of where or how they were born. Everybody may adopt whatever beliefs they like after birth, political or religious: all shall be treated equal. Everybody has the right to access, perform, and use culture and knowledge. Society and authorities assume good faith when dealing with people.
In short, this says nine important things.
One, everybody is born equal. Two, anybody may believe anything, political, religious, scientific, or nonsensical. Three, the properties you are born with are not your responsibility; however, what you choose to believe is. (Hence, you may vote and take responsibility for the governance of the country.) Four, diversity is desired in society, both in inborn properties and acquired beliefs. Five, there is no principal difference between different sorts of acquired beliefs. The religious kind of faith should not enjoy special privileges before faith in a politician or in a scientific body. Science to one person is politics to a second person, religion to a third and nonsense to a fourth. Therefore, there is only “acquired belief”.
Six, it says that everybody is free to enjoy our heritage and legacy of culture and knowledge, and to build upon it.
Seven, it says that authorities and the state should assume good faith when dealing with people. This means that we as a society choose to trust people with bad intentions rather than mistrusting everybody, and pay the smaller price of a few underreported taxes rather than the larger price of authorities regarding everybody as criminal.
Eight, it says that everybody has certain inalienable rights, regardless of how they are born and what they believe.
Nine, putting humanism at the hub means that the individual and her rights, joys and privileges is at the center of all we do.
This is probably as much center as you can come to a pirate ideology. In the wheel, after humanism had moved center, I added Diversity at the spoke in its place on the suggestion from a few people. This is not just diversity from a populous perspective; just as much, it promotes a polyculture in technical infrastructure and in culture.