Thinking Outside The Box: Why a Political "Spectrum" is Misleading
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05-20-2012, 07:04 PM
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Re: Thinking Outside The Box: Why a Political "Spectrum" is Misleading
For awhile I've always felt that defining political views by one or two words and that the political spectrum is kind of dumb. This picture helped solidify my view:
(Not trying to turn this into a socialism vs capitalist thread, or whatever, but this made me think about liberals who support capitalism).
I could never understand how one could simply say they are a conservative, or that they are a liberal, or libertarian, or whatever. To me there are just so many factors both socially, philosophically, and economically that these labels don't really make sense to me. They're just so broad, and more often than not you'll find a liberal who is pro-life, or a conservative who supports gay marriage. What's the point if you're going to identify with an ideology but have multiple exceptions for yourself?
The USA is such a great example of pro-life vs pro-choice, conservatism vs liberalism, republicans vs democrafts, etc. People and the media in particular make it out to be that every situation is black and white and that the only people to exist on each side are radicals. I myself am pro-choice but I don't advocate having wild sexual escapades and getting an abortion every four months. That is deplorable.
Gay marriage for me, while I'm ultimately for it, still isn't just a "yeah, lets love each other! Yeah!" For me the issue is a legal one: consenting adults being denied benefits based off of their sexual orientation. It's discrimination. I don't have some personal vendetta against Christianity like people leaning right might try to say I have.
I don't identify with a political party nor any ideology. If anything I would call myself a
. Identifying with parties ultimately leads to picking up fecal matter and smearing it all over your opponent. Mankind isn't going to make a lot of progress so long as we establish two sides of an issue and refuse to reach an acceptable compromise.
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