Ideaspace is a research service that provides a non-partisan map of who leads the fierce debate on U.S. immigration policy and what those leaders believe. Because Ideaspace strives for a fresh, honest, even-handed, and open-minded portrayal of powerful people and their ideas, this map can help reveal where sufficient political energy is flowing to drive strategic action, which ideas command broad support, and where there may be room for consensus and compromise between left and right.
Ideaspace uses an inductive method to map the debate on U.S. immigration policy:
- First, Ideaspace chooses from across the political spectrum an array of current U.S. opinion leaders (Players). Ideaspace believes these are the leaders with the most power to reach and sway large or otherwise consequential audiences with their ideas and their actions. The Players are listed vertically on the Players page and presented in a horizontal carousel on the Player Profiles homepage. They are arrayed on both pages from the most liberal Players on the political left to the most conservative on the political right. On the homepage select READ MORE under the partial history of a Player of interest to you; this will take you to that Player’s individual Profile which presents the history and the Ideas of that Player relating to U.S. immigration policy.
- Second, Ideaspace distills a set of Themes from the Ideas of all the Players. The Themes adopt a political perspective that is both national and parochial; they are presented in the voice of some U.S. citizens exhorting other U.S. citizens to accept their view and join them in action. Most of the Themes are broad, but some are narrow. The broad Themes are ordinarily distilled from a group of closely related Ideas expressed by multiple Players; such a Theme can be thought of as a home for a suite of similar and widely recurring Ideas. The narrow Themes fit a different pattern. They typically express an unusual thought that is asserted by only one or a few Players, but has the potential to recur far more widely and therefore deserves to stay visible in Ideaspace as a Theme.By distilling in this way the Players’ many Ideas into a relatively small number of Themes, Ideaspace aims to portray the heart of the debate on U.S. immigration policy.
Under each Theme, bar graphs show how many Players on the left and the right support the Theme. No doubt there are other Players who would on inquiry express support for the Theme, but they have not done so as explicitly as those who are depicted. Clicking on a Player name will take you to that Player’s position in Player Profiles and from there you can go on to the full Profile if you wish.
- Third, Ideaspace presents Narratives and Consensus. The Narratives are two imagined meta-narratives of impassioned advocacy, one for the left and one for the right. They speak forcefully, marshaling an array of mutually reinforcing points. Consensus is different. Mindful of intense partisanship on its flanks, it adopts a more analytical, less emotional tone. The implicit goal in Consensus is a search for deep commonalities between left and right and for specific proposals that could draw support from both camps in spite of differing motivations.
Beyond this inductive map, Ideaspace provides a Glossary of important terms and a Forum section to which visitors are welcome to submit comments for curation and publication, and in which Ideaspace editors will publish strategic inquiries or articles.
In an effort to portray the Players as accurately as possible, Ideaspace has sought to share with each of the 34 Players a draft of that Player’s Profile. Each was invited to review our portrayal and suggest additions or corrections. Ideaspace has adopted many of the suggestions we received. We cannot be sure we succeeded in reaching all the Players and we remain open to further suggestions. For those with concerns or corrections regarding the content on this site, please contact email@example.com.
Ideaspace® is a registered U.S. trademark owned by Ideaspace, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company which developed this website as an example of the services it can deliver. The company is owned by Rick Taft, Founder and President, a retired Ohio business lawyer and local politician with a long-standing interest in the structure of public policy debate. The Editorial Director for Ideaspace is Jordan Heller and the Research Director is DW Gibson. Website design is by Mallory Taylor Design.
All non-portrait photography is by Rick Taft.