This is what MercatorNet stands for: reframing ethical and
policy debates in terms of human dignity, not dollars and cents or
political calculation. We place the person at the centre of media
debates about popular culture, the family, sexuality, bioethics,
religion and law. MercatorNet isn't liberal. It isn't
conservative. We don't want to be trapped on one or the other side of
the culture wars. If you want a label, try "dignitarian".

How do we define human persons? They are men and women (that's right,
nothing in between) who have an intellect to know the truth and a free
will. Their bodies express their spirit in a way that makes them unique
in the universe. They are not machines, animals, or cost centres, but
beings with a transcendent value. They need loving families to
flourish. They only thrive in a society whose laws recognise their

What about God? We believe in God (the editor is a Catholic), but
defending human dignity is a task for people of every religion and of
none. "What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! how infinite
in faculties! in form and moving, how express and admirable! in action
how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god! the beauty of the
world!" — that's Shakespeare, not the Bible. Religion adds clarity and
conviction to the task of defending human dignity. But the arguments
advanced in MercatorNet are based on universally accepted moral principles, common sense and evidence, not faith.

We're proud to have enemies and we attack them repeatedly by
confronting them with evidence. Here they are: moral relativism,
scientism, crass commercialism, utilitarianism, materialism — in
short, any ism which reduces persons to ciphers and treats them as
soulless machines. We delight in dissecting media cliches.

These are MercatorNet's principles. We apply them with
flair and a sense of humour. If you like the package, sign up for our
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