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    Default Political labels.

    I've been trying to define the various political labels for my own benefit. Putting it here for feedback and corrections.

    (Not sure where this belongs. I tired the political philosophy forum but I couldn't start a thread.)

    Neo-conservative :-
    -> Does not wish to return to an imaginary era of minimum government.
    -> Looks to governments and social institutions to promote virtue and offset the effects of the free market.
    -> May have liberal views of personal morality but rejects the idea that a state can be morally neutral.
    -> Seeks to promote religion as a form of social cohesion.
    -> Recognizes armed state intervention and coercive force is needed to topple regimes.
    -> Supports globalization and free markets and democracy by force if necessary.
    -> Christian view of history as a series of stages each better than the last.

    Neo-Liberal :-
    -> Wishes to return to an imaginary era of minimum government.
    -> Most important condition of liberty is the free market.
    -> Supports free market as agent of liberty and progress.
    -> Believes free markets are the most productive and the most peaceful. War and conflicts will vanish if only markets become free.
    -> One size fits all.
    -> Individualist ethos of personal responsibility
    -> Normally secular in outlook.
    -> Economists with naive faith in their variant of reason.

    Classical liberals :-
    -> Believe all societies pass through defined stages of history leading to an open exchange market.
    -> Understood and was weary of the costs of free markets and it's moral hazards.
    -> Promoted a natural system of liberty derived from Christian thought; later replaced by secular thought.
    -> Views the development of technology and the economy as primary; religion is secondary or unimportant.

    Conservative :-
    -> Defined itself against the Utopian schemes. Skeptical towards progress.
    -> Politics is coping with human imperfections.
    -> Seeks to promote religion as a form of social cohesion.
    -> Strong support for tradition national institutions and culture.
    -> Usually holds Utopian views of the past or an imagined golden age.
    -> Emphasis is placed upon families and small government.

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    I don't identify with any of these positions, so you're missing at least one.

    It's probably not helpful to run economic and social positions together under a single label either.
    Repeal the 27th.

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    Common Sense Philosophy
    1. Not being a twat.

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    Pragmatist is missing.
    Put a thief among honest men and they will eventually relieve him of his watch. Flann O'Brien

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    Libertarian
    There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation. Pierre Trudeau

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    Quote Originally Posted by de valera's' giddy goat View Post
    Libertarian
    Give your definition
    "If we VOTE YES there will be no more austere budgets. Fact " Hammer, mayday 12'

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    I don't like labelling anyone, especially myself. There was a time when I wouldn't have affiliated myself with any political party because I didn't fit every one of their beliefs/aspirations. I have since realised that it's ok to support a party without supporting everything that party stand for or aspire to. Anyway, I find labels a journalistic or 'spin' construction designed to denigrate those with whom we disagree. They're childish and almost never accurate inasmuch as they never fully describe a person.
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    Labels mean nothing, Authoritarians have appealed to many a scumbag throughout history. Talent and ability mean everything. Gilmore for Taoiseach ? FFS, how sad a day that would be.

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    I support all of them and they fight for their benefits.

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    Maybe it's time for people to revisit The Political Compass again. I was amazed to see how my political views changed over a 10 year period.

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