Well, it started as an admittedly silly joke — one of our members seemed to have this strange 2% phenomenon popping up at every turn. In one day, he got a meager 2% raise at work and a lowly 2% bonus, all because his team missed an EBIT target by 2%, and when he went to the grocery store to get whole milk, all he could find was 2%. Coincidence? Absolutely. Coincidence notwithstanding, this soon turned into the saying "I'm having a 2% day", which meant things could be better. Yes, it was very much a localized saying, limited to about 4-6 people, so we understand if you've never come across it yourself.
Later, when we first came up with the idea for this site, and started writing down a lot of the thoughts and musings which we had been talking about for quite some time over late night beverages, a question came up: how many people would likely agree with everything we had to say? The answer — blurted out by more than one person immediately — was "Probably about 2%." In retrospect, we certainly hope that it is a higher percentage than that, but we already had the domain name, and a nifty logo, so we figured what the hell.
Why do you care what other people believe? Why do you criticize and belittle religion, the paranormal, alternative medicine, or any other belief?
It is important to understand that we fully support your right to believe whatever you want to believe, regardless of the supporting facts, or lack thereof. We firmly support your right to your own personal beliefs, and we would gladly argue for you to maintain that right. That said, it is equally important to understand that we maintain the right to not believe what you believe, and to think that what you believe is silly. Just because you believe something passionately, don't expect us to respect that belief. We will respect your right to hold that belief, but not necessarily the belief itself.
The main issue here is that we should all have the right to believe whatever we want to believe, as long as that belief doesn't infringe on the rights of others.
First, it is important to note that we don't affiliate ourselves with any political party. Instead, we formulate our views, and when an election rolls around, we vote for whichever candidate most closely matches our personal opinions — not which one belongs to a specific party.
That said, many of our stances on various issues might lead some to believe that we would be Libertarians — and in fact, we do agree with some of their principles. The Libertarian platform starts off by stating the following in their Statement of Principles: "We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose." We couldn't agree more. In fact, the basic position statement of the Two Percent Company is very similar: "In short, we believe that people have the right to do whatever they want to do, as long as it doesn't interfere with the rights of others." Up to this point, we are in complete agreement with the Libertarian Platform; but then we get past section one, and we fall off the Libertarian train.
There are numerous key differences between the Two Percent Company's positions and those of the Libertarian Party. The main difference is that the Libertarian platform advocates an almost total lack of government and a level of freedom that, while laudable in the abstract, leans too close to anarchy. The Libertarian state is one which, if it were able to be applied, would be a virtual utopia; but as applied to the real world, the Libertarian platform just isn't feasible.