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    Re: What relationship does your political ideology/philosophy have with reality?

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    How is answering "helpful" to the OP?
    I suspect it has to do with correlating how people view their relationship with an objective reality and classical definitions of political ideology
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    Re: What relationship does your political ideology/philosophy have with reality?

    I would be number 3:
    3. "My political ideology/philosophy is purely a personal expression; it does not bear any relationship to reality"
    My ideology won't work in reality. I keep it just the same. My philosophy is closer to working in reality. Just not close enough.

    I'm left-wing.
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    Re: What relationship does your political ideology/philosophy have with reality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    These distinctions are mostly artificial, as all ideologies in practice mingle the three. Besides that, nobody would be a reliable narrator of which spectrum they belong to.
    This.

    And I hope I'm not hitting the language barrier here, when I say that I don't think I follow a coherent ideology. There are some convictions I use as orientation points, marking the playing field, but generally believe political decisions that are pragmatic are more useful than those which are based on ideologies.

    I think when you base your entire view on a particular book or author, and try to trace every question back to the ideology outlined there instead of judging it from different angles, no matter if that is Karl Marx, Adam Smith, Charles Darwin or Milton Friedman, you will inevitably lose perspective and make mistakes.

    For example, I am not fond of ideological generalizations, such as "market solutions are always preferable over big government" or "the market will always screw poor people up". I believe it really depends on the topic in question. Sometimes, the market is better suited to yield a good outcome, sometimes the government is.

    Likewise, I believe the mainstream political ideologies or leanings all have their merits: Conservatives focus on stability of society, on morals, law and order, which certainly is important. Libertarians focus on the merits of market and individual freedom, which is important too. And liberals/left-leaning people focus on equality (at least of opportunities), fair distribution of wealth and social cohesion, which is important too. Depending on your individual experiences and preferences, you place more emphasis on one of these aspects, than on the others. But a good policy should always try to maintain a good balance between these ideals, IMO.
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    Re: What relationship does your political ideology/philosophy have with reality?

    no vote, as usual..
    Is there anything wrong with TRYING to be in the center.
    And, my political philosophy is futuristic, in my opinion.
    We may be in a computerized world, but only the surface has been scratched..
    For instance, I think there should should be computerized 100%, complete background checks on gun owners...maybe , within the next 20 years we will have the quality of people for this....but, sadly, not today, or tomorrow.
    Something of this nature will take cooperation....not and American trait.

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    Re: What relationship does your political ideology/philosophy have with reality?

    compared to the body politic I am NOT a political ideologue. I exist in stark contrast to most political ideals. my philosophy on politics, Poly meaning many, ticks meaning blood sucking parasites.

    my philosophy I think more like number 1

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