In this country my opinions on most topics are fairly well represented by one group or another, but the segment of people who hold the same unified political idea I do is somewhat smaller. It is always exciting for me to find writers and thinkers who are in the same camp as me on multiple issues because we hold core beliefs in common.
But my understanding of what is mainstream in the USA is muddy at best. It seems to vary depending on the region, so the only time I have felt like a real political outsider has been in very conservative regions of Nevada, Arizona, and Oregon (for those unfamiliar with the northwest, yes, it does have such areas) and extremely, uncompromisingly pro-Democrat areas of California.
"There's no need to be embarrassed about it, Mr. Spock. It happens to the birds and the bees!"
That sort of partisan shit pisses me off, I've experienced that too, although the whole economic socialist and cultural conservative thing is never going to catch on and plenty of people think its an oxymoron anyway.
I hope you're right about it not catching on.
The first man to raise a fist is the man who's run out of ideas. H.G. WELLS
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. FEYNMAN If this is monkey pee, you're on your own.SCULLY
I am significantly more liberal than the average American, and far more liberal than the average of the immediate area where I live. This is one of many reasons I don't care for this area, and many days, this country.
Are your political opinions unpopular? Is it just with your immediate social circle or society at large? If you live in a country that's big enough is it a regional or state thing? Does it impact upon you and how much and how often?
If you're views are unpopular or you are isolated in holding them do adopt or practice any kinds of copeing strategies, ie as little as buying books with similar opinions being expressed, visiting forums with other members which share your opinions.
99% of my family disagrees with most of what constitutes my personal ethos. I love them from a distance and in small doses. This has more to do with me needing privacy, autonomy, and a positive environment in light of my family's dysfunction than it does with not sharing their political and religious leanings. In the meantime... I read. I write. I learn. I socialize. I date and befriend people that I believe are kind and intelligent (which does not necessarily mean we share the same opinions).
I'm not sure that this is a coping strategy so much as just living my life believing: opinions can change, family is forever, and practicing tolerance means respecting other's individuality without effacing your own.
"There is no god; there is only us. Savage and fragile."