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Your Political Views

I am interested to know the political views of the members of the forum.
I have compiled a few questions for people to answer. Lastly, please don't try to argue about whose philosophy is better, at least not till I say so Jaja

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Nation you live in (this is optional, but might help with the other Qs)
Self-Described Political Leaning (ie, Right, Left, Libertarian, Plutocrat)
Brief role of government
Brief role of citizens
Brief Energy policy
Brief Foreign Policy
Brief Domestic Policy
Brief Education Policy
Brief Budget Percentage of Gov of your nation(ie, 10% def, 50% welfare, 25% edu). Also give nation's GDP (dont have to include nation's name)
Preferred tax code( Flat tax, Fair tax, current tax code, etc)
Preferred sector of the economy (Con., Inv., Ex. Im, Gov)
Where will WWIII start and a brief why
Were the Bailouts needed? Or for Eu Should Greece have been bailed out


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RE: Your Political Views

I'm getting the feeling that people are either too shy about their views or aren't sure how it should go. So...

I live in the United States.
I describe myself as a socially moderate, economically conservative.
Role of government is to protect its citizens (courts, police, military)and to provide essential public goods (roads and such).
Role of citizens are to obey the law and be productive, contributing members to society, not parasites (ie welfare junkies).
Pursue green energy but also consider hydro and nuclear. Achieve oil independence from Middle East.
Foreign Policy should be to disrupt any international military treaties (like Warsaw Pact) and reduce the current military alliances the US is in (like NATO). Also, US's chief foreign care should be to achieve stability and support for the nations of the Western Hemisphere.
Domestic policy should be in a lot more limited than it is currently. Government must be small enough that it can pay for itself without debt. National debt should be eliminated, border "security" in the South should actually be real security. Leave moral issues like gay marriage, abortion to the states where it is supposed to belong (according to the Federalists who WROTE the Constitution).
Education in America is a joke. Schools should be overhauled. Teachers' unions dissolved, charter schools, private schools, and home schooling encouraged through voucher programs. An investigation by federal, state, and higher education institutions into the every increasing college tuition. Give FAFSA only to students who were decent in high school (3.0+). Ban any laws such as the DREAM Act, those encourage disregard for national laws by allowing illegal immigrants to receive federal money for education. Why not use that money and give it to citizen-students?
I would say 15% Defense, 5% Navy, 20% Debt Repayment, 40% SS, Medicare, Medicaid, 10% Infrastructure repair/construction, 10% for all other. (This is a temporary budget, once debt is eliminated (if ever) then other projects can receive more funding).
I prefer to end capital gains tax for companies that hire X amount of workers if they make Y amount of profit. Current tax code needs scraped. Make a 15% flat tax across the board and a national 2% sales tax.
I think WWIII will start somewhere either in the Middle-East or if Kim Jon Ill Wink goes nuts and attacks S Korea or Japan.
Bailouts were only serving the big banking interests, not the national. If it's "too big to fail" then it won't fail. Duh statement!


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RE: Your Political Views

Lets join in Smile

beste Wrote:
Note: Please follow the following format:

Nation you live in (this is optional, but might help with the other Qs)
Self-Described Political Leaning (ie, Right, Left, Libertarian, Plutocrat)
Brief role of government
Brief role of citizens
Brief Energy policy
Brief Foreign Policy
Brief Domestic Policy
Brief Education Policy
Brief Budget Percentage of Gov of your nation(ie, 10% def, 50% welfare, 25% edu). Also give nation's GDP (dont have to include nation's name)
Preferred tax code( Flat tax, Fair tax, current tax code, etc)
Preferred sector of the economy (Con., Inv., Ex. Im, Gov)
Where will WWIII start and a brief why
Were the Bailouts needed? Or for Eu Should Greece have been bailed out

Im German
- I see myself as liberal economist.
- Well state should be the big player , but give the people
space to be self confidence for semself.
- The people should be tollerant and not envy,
should thrust the state a bit and not blame things they can
not do self bether.
- We will have to look forward on new energy sources ,
but not think that on short way we can get rid of traditionals
like oil or nuclear, without reducing consume and comfort.
- Foreign policy should get rid of old cold war dogmas
( its 20 years ago. ) and support loose canons like
Ghadaffi , Muhbarrak or Saddam .
Bether we support reasnoble democracies for a bether way.
- In domestic we should bether integrate our imigates
and show presence against criminality where needed.
State must be the big player but not in any case, and
not a "Big brother" fear .

- Our education system is established and not as bad as told,
but maybee we should think more about alternative forms
like montessory or waldorf. Maybbe our future Geniusses
will thank us for .
- Budget. 10 % Military 15 % debt , 50 % sozial and pension ,
5 % foreign aid, 20 % for other projects .
- Tax . Well first we shall make it more transparent
only tax experts know exactly what whom has to pay.
Than we should not be sutch actionism for punishment taxes.
Nobody should pay more than 45 % directly ,
because everybodies self confídence needs 50 % + for himself.
- Well i do not want to favorite a sector. Every country
needs a good mix.
- Well if the actuall conflicts are no WW III than we
will have to look forward on an escalation in East.

- Well if the Bailouts be an investment in Future , why not.
We just should not use them to clean the past, but to look forward.


Briefwähler

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Post: #4
RE: Your Political Views

My views could be better described (simplified?) as "Order before safety, safety before freedom, freedom before comfort." That is to say, I value a stable, inventive society, that respects freedom but not so much as to degrade itself with it.

To name an example: If by "freedom" you mean "independence, national sovereignity" - I agree 100%. However if you say "I'm free 'cuz I can scream swear words from my window!", then that is obviously wrong. Your freedom stops where mine starts, correct? If so, why do I have to hear your offensive statements...? Just to name an example.

Okay, now on to the specifics:Nation you live in (this is optional, but might help with the other Qs): Republica Argentina ("Argentine Republic")
Self-Described Political Leaning (ie, Right, Left, Libertarian, Plutocrat): Technocratic Extropian Progressive (In favor of liberalization of science, stem cell research, the usage of science for the benefit of all, and the betterment of society in general through policymaking and knowledge/tech).
Brief role of government
Please see the above (in parentheses). The government must work for the benefit of the people, however this sometimes involves going against the desires of the majority for the betterment of all. As such, the government can have varying degrees of 'democratic value' - the important thing is that it does not acts in favor of the oligarchy or the party, and basic guarantees are granted, whatever or not a leader is elected is not so much important as his/her competence.
Brief role of citizens
To better themselves, and to improve society. There are many ways to do this. Providing others with honest jobs (a succesful, law-abbiding enterpreur); working hard (a succesful worker), improve culture with fine works of literature and the arts (music, books, pictures - successful artist); and to improve public safety and well-being (succesful executive branch of government, from top to down and vice versa).
Brief Energy policy
Subsidies must be handled more adequately; we need to stop the pursuit of unproductive/excesively costly energy sources. Solar, unless we can make orbital space stations, yields little reneuve. Same goes for wind farms, even offshore ones.

We have active volcanoes in South America. We can use them to create geothermal plans. We also have the technology and skill to produce nuclear and hydroelectric plants. Those three should get our priority.
Brief Foreign Policy
Regional cooperation. Abolish free trade agreements and tariff reductions with major powers. Foster regional market growth.
Brief Domestic Policy
Imprevement of infraestructure; creation of a nationalized railway to handle the interconnnection of all the provincial capitals to promote movement of capital and people. Colonization of the vastly unused territories in exchange for land ownership and technical aid.
Brief Education Policy
Cutting subsidies to private schools. Promote
Brief Budget Percentage of Gov of your nation(ie, 10% def, 50% welfare, 25% edu). Also give nation's GDP (dont have to include nation's name)
Not ben able to find exact numbers but, GDP should be around ~369 billion USD
Preferred tax code( Flat tax, Fair tax, current tax code, etc)
Mixed. Generally I find a flat on Excisses to be effective, alongside a small (10%) but efficiently applied progressive tax.
Preferred sector of the economy (Con., Inv., Ex. Im, Gov)
Production, consumption, distribution, investment, exports. Does not matters if private/state.
Where will WWIII start and a brief why
Personally I think WWIII is too inviable for the major powers. War = monetary losses (save for he/she whom kept the spoils of war), so it is not that realistic.
Were the Bailouts needed? Or for Eu Should Greece have been bailed out
Greece needed to default, not be bailed out neceasarily. The bailouts where unnecesary. Think of this: If those huge, inefficient banks and corporations collapsed, local, efficient bussiness would have taken their place, hereby becoming more productive in the long term

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Post: #5
RE: Your Political Views

Thanks beste for putting this up. I know I don't post much and most of you don't know me, but DAMN I love quizzes, so I'm gonna do this one!


beste Wrote:
Nation you live in (this is optional, but might help with the other Qs)
Self-Described Political Leaning (ie, Right, Left, Libertarian, Plutocrat)
Brief role of government
Brief role of citizens
Brief Energy policy
Brief Foreign Policy
Brief Domestic Policy
Brief Education Policy
Brief Budget Percentage of Gov of your nation(ie, 10% def, 50% welfare, 25% edu). Also give nation's GDP (dont have to include nation's name)
Preferred tax code( Flat tax, Fair tax, current tax code, etc)
Preferred sector of the economy (Con., Inv., Ex. Im, Gov)
Where will WWIII start and a brief why
Were the Bailouts needed? Or for Eu Should Greece have been bailed out


I am a proud american, member of a minority ethnicity, yet I choose not to hyphenate. I am american.

I am a republican libertarian. I believe in a republican form of government with libertarian principles. Both the republican and libertarian parties are full of nutcases right now, unfortunately, and don't even talk to me about democrats.

The federal government should provide neccesary roles which would be impossible to obtain from other sources. The biggest ones would be national defense, uniform and predictable rule of law, foreign policy, and administration of interstate infrastructure such as highways.

Citizens should not violate the natural rights of other men, even if done legally under an unjust legal framework, and they should provide for their family should they chose to have one.

I prefer liberalization of energy policy. I don't think this should be a big concern of government as I don't favor central planning or wasteful subsidies. I think nuclear energy is one of the cleanest and most cost effective energy sources, and assuming a level regulatory environment, it would grow exponentially.

Foreign policy should favor free trade rather than managed trade. Immigration should be liberalized to facilitate a flexible labor market. Foreign wars should be avoided save for extreme circumstances.

Domestic policy should promote freedom and sovereignty of the individual. The government needs to be scaled back dramatically.

Education should be privatized, IMHO. As this is not a political possibility anymore, I would favor school choice with a voucher system and local accountability rather than federal mandates.

I can't really give you budget percentages here, sorry about that. IRL I would like a FEDERAL government budget percentage of 0% for welfare, health, education, subsidies, and a few other things I can't think of right now. Localize them and let localities choose their own path.

I prefer a flat tax on all income, business and personal, of 15% or lower. The ultimate goal would be to avoid double taxation. A poverty threshold or child allowance would be acceptable.

As I've stated I don't like central planning, so this shouldnt be a political issue, but I do like the service industry as it can increase value of most products, provides comfortable working conditions, is environmentally friendly and utilizes human capital as opposed to finite resources.

WW3 might start in China based on what I've read. I'm not really sure and hope I and my children do not live to see it, but I'm sure any conflict could escalate into world war as soon as America AND another superpower(China, Russia) join opposing sides OR nuclear weapons are used.

The bailouts here were total crap. Avoiding a reccession, the correction of malinvestment, with a bailout, aka more malinvestment. is like avoiding a hangover by binge drinking the next morning. The housing market was rigged for political goals and we got where we are now, we are paying the proverbial piper.

Politicians fixing the problems they cause is like a dog picking up his own shit. It would be surreal if you actually saw it, wouldn't it?


Thanks again for the thread.

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Self-Described Political Leaning (ie, Right, Left, Libertarian, Plutocrat)

Right, Minarchist, libertarian?

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Brief role of government

To provide for the defense of the citizens (or at least the necessary structure for doing so)

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Brief role of citizens

Not violating the Non-Aggression Principle.

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Brief Energy policy

Whatever is in demand and profitable.

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Brief Foreign Policy

Non-interventionist

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Brief Domestic Policy

Decentralization. Limited to maintaining courts or providing whatever the local populace thinks it should.

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Brief Education Policy

Private education.

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Preferred tax code( Flat tax, Fair tax, current tax code, etc)

Voluntary.

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Preferred sector of the economy (Con., Inv., Ex. Im, Gov)

Private?

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Where will WWIII start and a brief why

Probably central Asia or the Middle East.

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Were the Bailouts needed? Or for Eu Should Greece have been bailed out

No, they compounded the issues. Non-competitive entities must be allowed to fail or else they will be a constant liability.

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-I would like to live in Japan, it's a very independent nation with one of the worlds largest economies as well as GDP per capita, quality of life is very advance and they base their economy on technilogical manufacturing which is a very good thing to aim for here in the 21st century.

- I consider myself socialist so I would be left and possibly slightly authoritarian.

-I beleive the government should always have supreme control of the economy, not neccesarily to run it like in communism but to have the power to enforce corporations to stick to profit quotas and to always steer the corporations in the best interest of the nation and the citizens not that of the stock holders.

The government should have total control over basic resources and infastructure such as power (coal, oil, gas, electricity and transport, ect) as to keep the price low and to help create a solid structure for the corporations of the nation to work within preventing economic damage which has grown in strength given the fact everything is now under control in some way by international corporations with little control, energy should be focused on renewable and environmentally friendly sources such as nuclear and fusion, I beleive the govenrment should invest a significant ammount of the energy budget into fusion research, a fuel that could one day run an entire city over 1000 times as efficently as even the best fuel sources currently avalible using fuel such as nuclear, oil, gas ect.

I beleive that the government shouldn't be elected in any way, what should occur is a body of elite professionals selected based on their profile and job titles and experience run the nation, this way you have the best possible candidate running the nation at any time who has in depth experience with what they are tasked to run, for instance the NHS would be run by doctors and managers in the meidcal field, the transport the train operators, engineers and so on rather than politicians who have probably have never had any work experience in the sectors they are tasked to run and simply run the government based on finance (hence the very corrupt expenditures given the fact they honestly don't understand how much things should cost) and to keep their public image in shape whilst doing as little work as possible (for one they don't actually know how to run a nation properly given the lack of experience in the fields they run, and two they simply are mostly narcissistic and exploiting, thier number one prioirty is personal gain and wealth, not so for doctors and people who have dedicated thier lives to the job they are fufilling through hard work and determination), I beleive in a government run by elite professionals with E democracy at its core, th people decide on what they want and the elite govenrment implements it, a simple and efficent government.

-citizens should strive to acheive their personal goals and to work within the nation, I am a strong beleiver in patriotism and the common good and its my hope citizens aim for this as well through government support, I beleive citizens should be tasked with personal advancement and not money or finance which has taken over peoples lives in recent history.

-I beleive a nation should be independent in its decision making and any significant change in sovereignty should be thorught the will of the people, policy in international relations should be for the good of the people and not that of corporations or governmental benifit,k wars should only be for national defence purposes and allies, any union or internaitonal organisations entered should be for trade purposes only unless the people agree such an organisation is worth entering through online voting and they can choose to leave at any time.

- Domestic policy should be the advancement of the nation and technilogical progress, aside from that the integration of social classes and the prevention of social decay which occurs when one reaches poverty and to prevent the rise of extremist viewpoints through a strong internal intelligence service

-Education should focus significantly on the sciences and mathmatics, english being the second most inportant aim, all other lessons and goals are insignificant compared to these which are often simply taught at the same level as physical education, social studied and economics, scientific advancement should be the primary goal of all government and populations, all thoes leaving school must have at least grade c in all subjects or be forced to retake education until such grades are met, if not face a large fine for their school education being wasted, free university and school education will be avalible to all who meet the required entry requirements.

- after debt has been paid off with all sectors being cut back in corruption and correct management installed; Defence will receive 10% of national budget and aim to have not a standing army unless in a time of war, all citizens will participate in the military through training at the age of 18 then training again every two years for a few weeks, this way our nation has an effective serving force of over twenty million and at times of crisis can easily simply conscript the best members of the public to serve the nation.
Welfare will receive 35% of the national budget being of such inportance to the progress of a nation and advancement of the population in the terms of medical and social innovation, pensions will also come under this catigory however pensions will not be given on an age basis but rather a basis of health, if you are physically or mentally unable to work and over the age of 60 you will receive a state pension, this way thoes who cannot work in their early 60's will be able to receive a pension and thoes who can easily work into their late 70's can continue doing so even if they do not wish (being lazy).
Education will receive 10% of national budget, scientific research will receive 10% of the national budget, investment and subsidies will receive 20% of the naitonal budget, infastructure will receive 10% of national budget and remaining 5% given to overseas aid and other national departments with small percentages of budget intake.

-Nations GDP should be with 0% business tax very high, at least 3 trillion dollars given the population of 60 million and tax haven status.

-A flat rate tax system will be in place automatically adjeusted through advance computerised national networks monitoring intensively 24/7 government expendature and the income of the population.

-Manufacturing and finance will be the primary sectors of the economy with manufacturing of consumer technology a large enployer and will receive the biggest investment from government subsidies.

-WW3 will probably start in the middle east with the united states getting too big for thier boots and trying to invade "non democratic" nations, one of them will have allies in high places e.g. russia or china and as a result out of accidental misjudgement somewhere down the line the US will undoubtedly presume a missile has been aimed at them causing a huge global nuclear war when they over react releasing their entire nuclear arsenal (thats assuming china doesn't invade the states with repo men to get back its debt repayments Hehe )

-Personally I feel the euro should just accept defeat, its only going to get worse, the EU is trying to be two things, a federation but also a trade union, you have a single currency but then individual financial policies in each nation... it and is a disarster waiting to happen, now the bullet has been fired and the euro is crumbling into many peices, the only way it could ever be saved is by either accepting the EU as a single republic or federation and integrating fully all economies into one nation or reverting back to the trade pact it once was, any other way out will only be short term.

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@DarthV1
Japanese society doesn't take too kind to foreigners (gaijin), especially in the metropolitan zones.
PS: Glad to see an other supporter of nuclear energy Wink


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Helsworth Wrote:
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Japanese society doesn't take too kind to foreigners (gaijin), especially in the metropolitan zones.
PS: Glad to see an other supporter of nuclear energy Wink


I know, I haven't been for a while but I felt out of place on a holiday for two weeks back in 2004, we can dream though, we can dream.

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DarthV1, I feel akwardly revlieved that you are slightly more moderate than you avatar would lead me to believe.

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