My Political Beliefs

Canar

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I've been pondering my own political beliefs lately, and I've come to the conclusion that I have no idea what political affiliation I'd have in any country. I've yet to find a single party whose beliefs resonate with my own. So I invite you all to see what you can make of 'em and give me a recommendation or two. Alternately, you're welcome to critique my beliefs if you can see a logical hole in them. Here are the high points of my personal political philosophy:

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[*]I don't believe in socialized health care, welfare, employment insurance, or any other sort of government aid. I believe the money would be much better left to the public, who can then allocate it where they desire. By this, I mean if you see one of your friends or family out of work or unable to work, you should aid them if possible and warranted. This has the nice side-effect of being hard to game: if you're abusing the system, it's easy for people to tell on an individual level.
[*]I believe that more stringent limitations should be placed on corporations. The structure of the corporation is a throwback to the days of feudalism, and with the latest wave of mergers, they're gaining more power. They're at a level now where if left unchecked they pose a serious threat to the sovreignty of individual nations. We're already seeing instances where corporate interests are defeating sane governmental policies.
[*]I dislike governmental interference in social areas. The issues of gay marriage, abortion, drug use and so on are moral issues. I do not believe it is the government's responsibility to interfere in the behaviours of individuals so long as they are not clearly harmful to others. I don't agree with government-legislated morality beyond a very simple basis.
[*]I believe there are fundamental problems with the legal system these days. Instead of being ethical, businesses and individuals these days are legal. They largely eschew development of internal ethics in favour of strict legalistic interpretation of law. Although legislating ethics is against my personal beliefs, I believe that the legal system should be deconstructed in a way that makes ethical business practices and behaviours beneficial. I don't know quite how to make it happen, but there needs to be some way to provide incentive for individuals to resolve issues outside of the courtroom by their own means. Perhaps if the government took a percentage of any transferred wealth between the parties, it would aid in this endeavor.
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The gist of it is rather simple: I believe that morality and responsibility has to be established on a personal level. I believe that society should be structured in a way that developing a solid moral foundation is beneficial to the individual and society. Currently there is a major de-emphasis on both.

(Note: writing this was rather mentally taxing, and I currently don't feel like double-checking meaning as deeply as I really should, so there are places where it may be somewhat ambiguous. Feel free to ask.)

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I agree with pretty much everything you said, with environmental regulation as an addendum.

Honestly, my ideal platform would be about 50/50 Green/Libertarian.

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> (Note: writing this was rather mentally taxing, and I
> currently don't feel like double-checking meaning as deeply
> as I really should, so there are places where it may be
> somewhat ambiguous. Feel free to ask.)

Congratulations, you don't have a view of reality distorted by ideology. Most people think being against welfare and being against corporate rape of society are mutually exclusive, but really, they aren't. Has anyone ever fucking heard of pragmatism anymore?

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Congratulations, you don't have a view of reality distorted by ideology. Most people think being against welfare and being against corporate rape of society are mutually exclusive, but really, they aren't. Has anyone ever fucking heard of pragmatism anymore?

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Yeah, but pragmatism means so many different things to so many different people. <img src=smilies/magbiggrin.gif>

Anyhow, thanks for responding and for the kind (I think? :) ) words.

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> I agree with pretty much everything you said, with
> environmental regulation as an addendum.

Hm, didn't think about that... Let me ponder it and I'll tell ya what I think. ;)

I was starting to think that I was a freak or something, or maybe my thread had contracted some weird virus. So, thanks for the response. Now I don't feel as alone. <img src=smilies/magbiggrin.gif>

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