Thursday, April 21, 2005

Political labels are not encompassing

I have been unable to fit myself into the label republican or democrat, liberal or conservative. I see strengths and weaknesses on both sides. I also see the hypocrisy. The right tends to believe that people can be trusted to make economic choices for themselves, but their personal lives are corrupt and must be regulated. The left holds the opposite view. I happen to agree with neither. The smaller our government, the better.

Eric at Eric's Grumbles Before The Grave explains political beliefs as a grid, versus a 2-dimensional scale. I like this model much better. Looking at the two spectrums, totalitarianism versus individualism, I definitely fall closer to individualism and between socialism versus capitalism, closer to capitalism. Knowing this, it still does not help me find mainstream politicians who support my views.


Michael said...

As a card carrying member of the right, that doesn't represent my views. Your personal life is free to do with as you wish, as altruistic or degenerate as you wish to be. Expose children to it though or sacrifice an innocent life, and the hackles go up.

Also, you can be socially conservative and fiscally liberal and vice versa. Economics and social behavior are often independent.

Eric Grumbles said...

Well Michael, I happen to agree with you that it is possible to tend towards authoritarianism in relation to social values and individual behavior while tending towards collectivist economics as well. This is usually called Stalinism/Communism. While you personally may feel that what Courtney described does not reflect your views the fact of the matter is that the GOP today is authoritarian on social issues. All that your position shows is that the so-called libertarian conservative is still alive and well.

The point of my post is to illustrate that political positions and principles are far more complex than the simple line that BOTH conservatives and liberals try to portray them as.

Courtney, I'm in the same boat as you. There is no politician on the national scene today who even comes close to representing my views. I have to hold my nose and vote for the GOP most of the time, and that only because economic freedom is more important to me than social freedom.