A student said to his master: "You teach me fighting, but you talk about peace. How do you reconcile the two?" The master replied: "It is better to be a warrior in a garden than to be a gardener in a war." - unknown/Chinese
Anyway...I find it meaningless to put yourself into a political, or ideological box. I have strong political opinions, but they don't fit into any category. I am a liberal, believe in direct democracy and a functional state without a need for government, only people leading the state by the rules of democracy, i dislike capitalism, but i don't like marxism as well, so something in between those two, i have no idea what, i don't like to like government has a control over me, I hate propaganda, i believe in ideological freedom and equality...
I agree with most of the above, especially the highlighted. Labels do more harm than good, in large part because they oversimplfy and therefore lead to assumptions and misunderstandings.
I see one of the main functions of government at the highest level (federal government in the US) as protecting the rights of individuals from all other entities, be they other individuals, corporations, or other levels of government. I don't agree with what I call "divide and conquer economics", that insists each person or household unit function as their own little economic island. We are a society, and to a significant degree are only as strong as our weakest link. The second function of government, not unrelated to the first, is to maintain as level a playing field as possible, so what each person achieves in life comes as directly as possible from his/her own efforts and abilities, rather than external constraints that are largely luck of the draw.
So, a social libertarian???
Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it. We should remove the carrot and walk forward with our eyes open. -- Raistlin Majere
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."
ENFP: We put the Fi in Fire
Motivation: Dark Worker
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
MTG Color: black/red
Male Archtype: King/Lover
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