Our objectives and principles
The Centre for Political Thought in Krakow, Poland is an independent
think-tank promoting individual freedom and responsibility, the
free market, liberal democracy, the rule of law, and the idea
of a limited state. We believe that tradition and religion play
an important role in shaping moral agents and citizens. We are convinced
that people may improve morally within communities but, because of their
lower instincts are not able to achieve moral perfection without assistance;
therefore, these instincts should be mitigated by customary rules and
if necessary by law. We believe that societies are based on complex
systems of values which are basically consistent. It is our view that
pluralism of values is not conducive to their objective incommensurability.
We believe democracy to be based on pre-democratic values and rules
which may not be democratically changed. We do not think that a contract
constitutes the foundation of a society and of the relations between
citizens and the state, although it plays an important role in some
of these relations. We are convinced that a free market is necessary
for human welfare and individual freedom and responsibility, but we
do not think that all aspects of life may be based on free market rules.
We believe that law is not the will of the people or of the political
power because there are general norms of natural law which legal statutes
must comply with.