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Which way do you lean politically and why?

I find myself in a state of considerable political confusion. In a UK context, I don't know what to think about Brexit, and I think the Tories are mismanaging the situation a little, although I know how difficult negotiations are. On the other hand, while in normal circumstances I might lean a bit towards Labour or the Liberal Democrats, the latter is now irrelevant and the former's most recent manifesto revealed glaring problems with their understanding of economics; not to mention the fact that the Shadow Cabinet is full of incompetents. So, I just don't know which way to vote when the time comes.

Fortunately, both parties ostensibly support the NHS, freedom of choice and religion, and the freedom of the press, so that's not my main concern. Has anyone else, in the UK or otherwise, had similar trouble aligning with any of the political parties of their countries?

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JosephHarrison 7 Mar 15

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I tend to lean far left. I believe for the most part individuals should be left to do whatever they want as long as no one gets hurt and corporations should be strenuously regulated.


Being Australian, and spending time in England, I thought that I was center left. From a mainland European perspective, this made me probably about center right. But then I moved to the US. Without changing a thing, I somehow found that I'm now so far left that I'm nearly radical. What the....?

Left vs. Right here is basically "Center Right" vs "Far Right Extremism" in other countries. It's been a wakeup call for me.

miffy Level 5 Mar 15, 2018

My condolences. When I was a kid, I identified as a Democrat. Then, I went to college, and started learning about US foreign policy via students from all around the world. That definitely knocked me left. Learning that the US had supported dictators and was involved in overthrowing democratically elected world leaders was a shock.


If I was in europe I would be considered far right. Here it the states I am classified as a liberal commie. I have strong conservative values, what passes for conservative these days does not. They scream about the national debt, but the deficits always rise under "conservative" values. The last republican to show fiscal resposiblity was Nixon. The last republican I voted for was Reagan, and I did not vote for him the second time because he ran up the debt. I stongly suspect the constitution has more than the 2nd amendment, and I think every one of them is valuable. The constituion is not an exclusive document that only applies to white males of good standing. It also applies to the accused, the poor, minorities, immigrants, muslims and even us heathens.


As an American who was forced to retire 6 years ago I am still Liberal. Avail myself of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Disability.


I ten dto think tha thte measure of a cilivilization is determined by howyou treat the poorest peopel in that civilization compared to how they cater to and indulge the richest in that civilization. The greater the divide between rich and poor, the less "civilized" or humane the nation really is.


Fuck politics, there all in it for themselves just like religious leaders.I lean where I want. never trust government and question everything.

How does that old quote go again? Something like "the government is like trash: it has to be taken out regularly or the whole place starts to stink"

I agree with you


Far left.

I want to be as far away from the kooky, evangelical, ultra conservative, righties as I can get.


FAR LEFT. I am disgusted by conservative politics, especially where religion is involved, but that doesn't mean I hop on the liberal bandwagon either. I try my utmost not to operate in small, closed information loops where everyone is preaching to the choir and not doing SH!T about anything. I believe in understanding multiple sides (including opposing sides) of an issue and never treating anyone--regardless of their background--like they are stupid when they are trying to learn and reach across what is--let's face it--an epic divide. I support change and movement from the grassroots, in getting involved locally with issues I care about. There is a ripple effect that takes places when one person inspires another, and we are all connected.

I'm curious, what about "conservative politics" disgusts you?


I'm a left leaning Independent although I'm highly interested in Democratic Socialism. I voted Democrat in the past election because Bernie Sanders withdrew and HRC was the only choice I could make.


I have been a progressive liberal far longer than being an atheist. I believe in a single-payer health coverage and government protection of the poor and children. I also see the US converting to a four party system without the headaches of a parliamentary government coalition. Winner still takes all. We may have to have a second election in December if no one gets 50%+1 votes.

the government is way too corrupt to put that kind of trust in imo.
Third-party payers have no incentive to make good choices, so single payer healthcare is bad, just like any other monopoly and as evidenced by the VA.
Charity is a better way to care for the poor than the Democrats' social engineering providing perverse incentives against people pulling themselves out of poverty, which is designed tomake people dependent on the government instead of independent. It works a lot like addiction to mind-altering substances. We need to wean people off while providing a safer alternative (e.g. private unemployment insurance).
I see the government continuing to be mired in the same old debates that already have clear answers while more pressing issues are ignored, no matter how many parties it has. It still has people arguing that there's a right way to do central planning and common ownership despite all of logic and history contradicting them. Meanwhile, the development of AI that could threaten our very existence gets no attention from the government as the warning cries of people like Dave Cullen (Computing Forever on YouTube) go unheeded.
And I see people like you promoting the tyranny of the majority, also known as mob rule or direct democracy, which is exactly what the electoral college was designed to guard against.

@Jnutter819 THAAAAANNKK YOOUUUUUUUU ...Finally, someone else here gets it..


Centre left. Would be green, if they had a better way of running. I think like the sexual harassment issues in Parliament the whole system is 20 years out of date. Sick of pollies taking the Government for what they can while expecting fraud to be unacceptable in the rest of society. Also expecting things that shouldn't be expected to make a profit, like health and social care, to run better privately? At least the Left accept that some things need to be provided, but some people can afford to pay. The big questions remain unaddressed by any of the above and the existing system makes us seem fickle as it may as well be a two horse race, unfortunately.


I believe the party system is antiquated and should be abolished. People vote party lines without considering the candidate. Without parties, voters will need to take their civic responsibility more seriously.


I'm a moderate and a centrist. I do lean a little left, but have no use for either
the democratic or republican parties. I don't like extremes.
I do, however, believe that there are good ideas to be found on both the
right and the left. Ideology is an impediment to progress, and it alienates an
awful lot of people who deserve to feel like they are part of the process.


I am far left however I do not align myself with the US Democratic party. I am a Liberal Democratic Socialist progressive. I didn't leave the Democratic party, THEY LEFT ME!! #BERNIE2020


I love Bernie! I'm all about freedom and true equality. I'm mostly left but I believe in the death penalty for multiple rape/murder or molestation of a child. I believe it is your right to carry a gun. I will judge you as a Neanderthal but it is your right. I am gay and I support your right to hate me, but not to discriminate against me in law or emergency / basic needs services (food/health/shelter/education). I'm pretty left... But I believe you can be left and not eat GMOs and pesticides. I believe you can be left and support religious freedom.


In the US right now the far right has taken over. I can't get wth Trump and his fascist philosophies. Trump is deregulating everything. Its a dangerous place. We need to change the polirical landscape of Republican congress. Grassroots is woeking hard for a blue wave in the midterms.

do you even know what fascist means? Trump has a vested interest in not letting the government control business. He does not teach people "strength through discipline" or "strength through community" but instead promotes deregulation (as you pointed out) and individuality. Watch the Wave on YouTube, it's 45 minutes and will teach you more about fascism than years of listening to "Antifa" and their ironically fascist methods of rioting and silencing those who dissent.

War is peace, freedom is slavery, libertarianism is fascism!


I am far left however I do not align myself with the US Democratic party. I am a Liberal Democratic Socialist progressive. I didn't leave the Democratic party, THEY LEFT ME!! #BERNIE2020


This is awkward.

Who wants to pick a topic to debate?


Centre-left. In other words, I consider myself a leftist, but my views aren't extreme and would be viewed as common sense by the standards of other nations (Nordic nations, especially). Why are my views this way? I was raised by a bunch of Bush ass-kissing Republicans who worship Regan and voted to make America "great" again. Need I say more?


I voted far left, but definitely not communist.


I am a progressive. I believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and I believe it is the government's job to promote these values for everyone. The inequality promoted by the right is antidemocratic and is based largely on greed. Nobody on the right wants to pay any taxes and goverments cannot exist without revenue.

That may be the government's job, but it does the opposite all the time. The drug war is a great example of how government infringes on people's rights more than anyone.

Wealth inequality doesn't matter to people who aren't jealously greedy. As long as your quality of life is improving, what does it matter if someone else is getting more money than you? The economy is not a zero-sum game, and taking the money from the rich and giving it to the poor only makes everyone poor.

Governments can't survive without revenue. Good point. Maybe we should cut all the government's revenue so it can die.

@michaelinlivonia You're right, free markets don't allow for corporate monoliths. You know what does? Government. Get rid of that and corporate giants would lose money back to lower classes.

Also, I used to think of them much like you, but the other day I saw a talk by someone high in business that expressed another perspective; they have to pay lobbyists to keep government from regulating them into un profitable beasts. So in that way, it's as much protection money as taxes are. They could be victims too.

@michaelinlivonia Oh I'm not saying I trust them, just that it's a possibility I hadn't considered really, and I don't have enough proof to push me one way or the other. I guess you could say I'm agnostic on that issue lol. That's why the last sentence was in the subjunctive case. In any case though, getting rid of the government would prevent lobbying lol.

@michaelinlivonia I'd say government is the parasite in society, but same difference.

@michaelinlivonia A society that actually allows individuals to prosper?) Excuse me while I laugh at my own grammar nazi humor.
Seriously though, from what I've seen societies that are more libertarian also have greater investment. Maybe that wouldn't hold true if everywhere was libertarian, but Japan lets people start businesses easily and has tons of small businesses IIRC. Also, everyone knows there's a ton of capital in Swiss bank accounts and the Cayman Islands.

@DEricLee Many thanks, but I'm happily taken by a fellow agnostic. Also, your family and friends would likely make certain assumptions based upon our age difference. I hazard I'd grow tired of the stares and lash out at someone, and I'm rather fond of having no criminal record. However, my man is not jealous, so we may continue our correspondence amicably.

Lol, sorry for dragging that out a little. I've always been interested in language, especially its more historical aspects.

@michaelinlivonia "Switzerland and Caymen aren't known as economic powerhouses but great place to launder mafia money and keep capital in its most unproductive form." I didn't say they were economic powerhouses. I said they have a lot of investment. Investment alone doesn't guarantee high productivity. Of course, I find it convenient that you ignored Japan completely.
"Theoretically your argument sounds good except that the most successful, booming economy in the world is heavily regulated and centrally planned China." Is it now? The place with so much pollution its cities aren't safe to breathe in is more regulated than us? The place where workers make what we'd consider a slave wage?
"Another example is the former communist USSR which grew faster than the US in the 70s decade which is amazing considering they didn't run up trillions in foreign debt. Nazi Germany was also an economic success." I think you're missing a couple key factors. One is discipline, the other is motivation. Discipline is one of the central tenets of fascism. Discipline makes you efficient. And when death is on the line, you can be pretty motivated.
"I don't have all the answers but I suspect that economic success of a nation is much more complicated than a nation's political ideology. Ideology is only one variable in a long fluid equation beyond full comprehension." Agreed. That said, though Somalia was terrible before and during its libertarian period, the progress it made in that period was impressive.
"Libertarianism has serious flaws as history demonstrates (toxic water, air, food polution, snake oil, quack medicine, life threatening workplaces, slavery, etc)." Flint, MI had toxic water. Mexico has water that's toxic if you haven't developed immunity. Are these places bastions of libertarians? No. Water is one of the areas Somalia made progress in safely getting to its people.
As to air pollution, we may not have much in America, but that's just because we pushed the business overseas to China. We didn't truly solve the problem with government. The problem can only really be solved by customers refusing to do business with those who pollute. And food? Even Teddy Roosevelt didn't buy meat for a month after reading Upton Sinclair's book The Jungle and you think the government is what made them learn never to disgust their customers again? Similarly, organic food isn't even proven to be healthier and it's beginning to out-compete food that's seen as lower quality. That isn't the government forcing farmers to grow organic, it's demand encouraging market entry.
Snake oil and quack medicine like diet pills, dick enhancement, and alternative medicine? Because those do so poorly under the government lol. You know what they call alternative medicine that's been proven to work? Medicine. I think you already know this, even if you haven't thought about how it's basically a continuation of that wild west tradition of falling for that which is too good to be true.
"It ignores the nature of man and the fact that the upper 1% always acts with overwlming sucess to limit and violate the freedom of the 99%." They do that through government. Libertarianism/anarchocapitalism embraces that reality far more than any statist position. Oh, and consider that even the 99% of Americans are generally the 1% compared to other countries.

@michaelinlivonia I contend that while I admitted that libertarian societies aren't necessarily economic powerhouses, they do have very low poverty and high standards of living. The examples of authoritarian societies you promoted as economic powerhouses are the kind of place you move away from if you can.
Then I gave examples of how the government fails to provide the benefits you attributed to it. I also forgot to mention something: if the water provided by the government is so good, why do water filters and bottled water sell so well?
"I have no use for ideology or dogma.
Abandonong faith is the ultimate liberating freedom." The government is just another god to worship, and faith in government officials is another thing you can abandon to become more free.

@michaelinlivonia "Saying that people wouldn't buy bottled water if gov't water was really better is the same as saying that because most people are religious, atheism is wrong." There's a difference lol. My point was that people are forced to pay for a product they wouldn't choose to buy if they were given a realistic alternative. Religions at least don't force those who dissent to support them, at least without the government. In fact, religious institutions are often maintained primarily or exclusively through voluntary donations. If taxes were voluntary, you'd have a point. However, refusing to pay taxes can get you put in prison, and if you resist, you will be violently forced to comply, if you're lucky enough not to be killed.
Ah, the old "government created things you use!" argument. Xerox had inter connected computers before the Internet, and Steve Jobs realized they didn't know the potential of what they had. How long do you think it would have been before he did what the military took millions (if not billions) to do? Speaking of Jobs, are you replying on a smartphone? If not for the relatively free market that allows for innovation, how much less would you have? Here you are promoting government regulations and monopoly on power while using a computer or smartphone that innovators made to sell to you despite rather than thanks to the government. Oh, and I wouldn't be using the Internet if the private sector hadn't developed it so much. I remember how disappointing it was even in 2000. Competition encouraging the innovation of high-speed Internet instead of dial up and the continuation of that to the streaming abilities of today's Internet is what makes it worth paying a private service provider for.
"If we look at the poorest countries in Africa, we see a strong libertarian presence. Very weak central governments coexist with powerful private individual profiteers who pillage the countries while the governments stand by helplessly. Massive poverty, starvation, disease, etc." Seriously? You not only think that they are libertarian, but that they are poor because they don't have government? Is South Africa libertarian with its ban on guns? Is Egypt a poor libertarian nation with no one people might want to overthrow? Or Libya? Do the slaves in Ghana wish their government was more powerful? Again, I point you to Somalia, which was ruled by a tyrant, then made a century's worth of progress in the short reign of a libertarian. Why is Somalia not a first world economic powerhouse yet? Because some tyrant took it over again.
"But hey none of that is important so long as taxes are low and the rich aren't oppressed the way they are in America, lol." Is the "lol" because you know it's not the rich I'm worried about the oppression of, but every American? The poor may not pay income taxes, but they pay for the government with their blood. If anything, the problem isn't that the ultra rich are oppressed, it's that those who are rich often are thanks to the corruption of the government and those who are poor can thank the government for their poverty too. Besides, first world poverty is rich to the third world. We shouldn't try to make Americans' lives better though because they're rich. []
"Libertarianism & comunism are two sides of the same coin. Both are cancers to be contained instead of destroyed in order to remind humanity how destructive snake oil philosophy is." Have you ever played games in the Assassin's Creed series? The two warring factions both want the same thing: world peace. The protagonists, however, support peace through freedom, while the antagonists support peace through control. So tell me, "centrist" do you want peace? It's pretty clear comunism doesn't work, so you can either embrace war or freedom. Everything you promote in the government is central planning or common ownership, so embrace hypocrisy or anarchocapitalism at your leisure.


Center Left. I consider myself liberal, but if someone can present enough facts to back up an argument contrary to my own, I can change my mind.

Deb57 Level 8 Mar 17, 2018

I am an independent, true Progressive (think of Bull Moose Progressives and Teddy Roosevelt). This is very different from those who call themselves Progressive Democrats. The difference is that I do not vote for PARTIES! I vote for INDIVIDUALS, their personal merits, and their ideas, and for the betterment of our Nation. I see Political Parties as one of the major sources of problems and corruption in our Political system. That said, I currently tend to vote for NO REPUBLICANS, and mostly for DEMOCRATS as a lesser of the evils.

I am really hoping TULSI GABBARD runs for President or Vice President. I wrote in Bernie in the 2016 election, because he is a good man and the other two were absolute [insert F-bomb] disasters.

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What's a Torie?

The Tories are the British Conservative Party, currently led by Prime Minister Theresa May. Interestingly - and, some (including myself) might say, fittingly - it comes from an old Irish word tóraidhe which means "robber".

@Jnei thanks, that's cool

Thank you

@arronpaul46 I thought she was Arron Spellings' daughter.

@Jnei Ach, you beat me to it, re: "robber"!

@ailurophile I'm always surprised more people don't know it!

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