Moral Frameworks

Moral foundations and frameworks are tools for understanding each other better. The goal of this “Intelligence Brief” is to enhance inter-group cooperation. If we don’t, then we are doomed to repeat the most destructive quality of humanity: WAR.

I’ve linked to a source to measure what your potential moral framework might be.

Click to discover your moral framework…

Moral Foundations

Moral foundations theory is a framework that explains the “origins of” and “variation in” human moral reasoning on the basis of innate, modular foundations.

The six foundations:

  1. Care: cherishing and protecting others;
    • Opposite of harm
  2. Fairness or proportionality: rendering justice according to shared rules;
    • Opposite of cheating
  3. Liberty: the loathing of tyranny;
    • Opposite of oppression
  4. Loyalty or in-group: standing with your group, family, nation;
    • Opposite of betrayal.
  5. Authority or respect: obeying tradition and legitimate authority;
    • Opposite of subversion.
  6. Sanctity or purity: abhorrence for disgusting things, foods, actions;
    • Opposite of degradation.


In America we tend to have 3 different points of view regarding human moral frameworks.
The 3 frameworks and their primary moral foundations are:


  • Loyalty foundation
  • Authority foundation
  • Sanctity foundation
  • Fairness foundation
  • Liberty foundation
  • Care foundation


      • Care foundation
      • Fairness foundation


      • Liberty foundation
      • Fairness foundation

In order to understand group think in America it is necessary to understand these foundations and frameworks. If the grammar stage can be understood; then inter-group cooperation could be enhanced.

Conservative Framework

Promotes retaining traditional social institutions in the context of culture and civilization.

Important Issues:

  • Respect for American traditions
  • Support for Judeo-Christian values
  • Economic liberalism
  • Anti-communism
  • Advocacy of American exceptionalism
  • Defenders of Western culture from perceived threats

Liberal Framework

Strongly endorses public spending on programs such as education, health care, and welfare.

Important social issues:

  • Endorses public spending on programs such as:
    • Education
    • Health care
    • Welfare
  • Inequality
  • Voting rights for minorities
  • Reproductive and other women’s rights
  • Support for LGBT rights
  • Immigration reform

Libertarian Framework

Promotes individual liberty and minimized government.

Important Issues:

      • Supports maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters
      • Advocates a much smaller government limited to protecting individuals from:
        • Coercion
        • Violence
      • Advocates individual responsibility
      • Opposes government bureaucracy and taxes
      • Promotes private charity
      • Tolerates diverse lifestyles
      • Supports the free market
      • Defends civil liberties


Moral Foundations Theory


Social Liberal