The Junto is an online mutual improvement, civil debate, and community service society. It is modeled on Benjamin Franklin’s “Leather Apron Junto.”  When Franklin started his Junto, he allowed anyone to join so long as they were willing to take an oath, consisting of four questions:

  1. Have you any particular disrespect to any present members? Answer. I have not.
  2. Do you sincerely declare that you love mankind in general, of what profession or religion soever? Answer. I do.
  3. Do you think any person ought to be harmed in his body, name, or goods, for mere speculative opinions, or his external way of worship? Answer. No.
  4. Do you love truth for truth’s sake, and will you endeavor impartially to find and receive it yourself, and communicate it to others? Answer. Yes.”

In order to join the junto, we ask folks to sign a similar pledge, and do a few other things.  To sign the pledge, fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

The Pledge (changes from Franklin’s original in italics):

  • Have you any particular disrespect to any present members?
  • Do you sincerely declare that you love mankind in general, of what profession, ideology or religion soever?
  • Do you think any person ought to be harmed in his body, name, or goods, for mere speculative opinions, or his external way of worship?
  • Do you love truth for truth’s sake, and will you endeavor impartially to find and receive it yourself, and communicate it to others?
  • Will you seek self-improvement as a matter of principle, and correction independent of source?
  • Do you believe in the importance of civility, broadly defined, and will you strive to advocate for, and live by, its precepts, both in the junto and out?
  • Do you consider yourself a member of the junto first–one who seeks civility, truth, and understanding above political or personal gain?   

By signing below, you agree to the above.