What exactly is a Neopaleoprogressivist?

  1. TheGirlNextDoor
    TheGirlNextDoor
    What is your base philosophy?
  2. liblady
    liblady
    i would like to know as well, since i've joined the group!
  3. samsmart
    samsmart
    Certainly.

    There was a thread on here a while ago that was about people's political leans, and why some didn't show theirs. I'm not a conservative, for many reasons, but I don't think that makes me liberal either.

    Liberals, in my view, tend to want the government to do most things itself. I don't support that for a variety of reasons.

    However, unlike conservatives, I do think government agencies are necessary functions. I think we need government to enforce laws and to do what businesses either refuse to do or can't be trusted to do.

    So, ordinarily, this would be considered a "progressive" stance. However, nowadays progressive is a synonym for liberal. So I decided to call myself a "neopaleoprogressivist." By that, I mean I'm a "paleoprogressive" - a believer in much of the progressive movement of the late 19th century and the early 20th. By adding a "neo-" to that, I try to adapt such beliefs to the modern era.
  4. samsmart
    samsmart
    So here are the two over-arching core beliefs of neopaleoprogressivism:

    1) Liberal Social Values
    Neopaleoprogressivism holds liberal social values. This means that the platform is perfectly fine with gay marriage and people of alternate lifestyles. The government has no right to interfere with the lifestyles of it's citizens.

    2) Regulation of Businesses
    Neopaleoprogressivism admits that Congress has the power to regulate businesses. After all, what is the sole point of a business in a capitalistic society? Profit. Including by any means. Therefore, businesses will likely pursue unethical practices to procure the highest profit possible. In psychological terms, businesses are innately sociopathic. The larger the business is the more sociopathic it becomes as the distance between itself and consumers grows. Therefore, in order to curb such sociopathic tendencies by businesses, the government has the power to regulate them as a protection for consumers and employees.
  5. samsmart
    samsmart
    This is not to say that Neopaleoprogressivists are against businesses. Rather, NPPs believe that businesses do not act on the best interests of their consumers or employees all the time; because of this, they should be able to use the force of law to provide protections for their consumers and employees.

    Additionally, NPPs support smaller businesses over larger ones. Smaller businesses tend to have less of a negative impact than larger businesses can. Also, larger businesses are more likely to pursue unethical business practices since they have more wealth to use for unethical practices. There's also the issue that larger businesses spend money on campaign contributions to politicians for favors from those elected, despite small business making up 70% of the American economy.

    That's the basics of Neopaleoprogressivism. You can ask about singular issues and how I would apply neopaleoprogressivism to them if you're interested about a specific topic.

    I hope this helps.
  6. TheGirlNextDoor
    TheGirlNextDoor
    Is this a political platform of your invention or is it something new?

    So far, this aligns fairly well to my own political beliefs. I had chosen the LP because of their fiscally conservative (for the most part) and socially liberal stances.

    However, I oppose most of their more radical views on minimalistic government to the point where I feel the country would be in anarchy and an "every man for himself" mentality. I do feel some government involvement is very much needed to organize and protect citizens of a country.

    Socially, I am liberal in that what doesn't affect me, I could care less about. Gay marriage, for example. I don't believe government should regulate this and I could really give a rip if two consenting same sex couples wish to marry.

    Regardless, I will close for now ... if you'd like to expound on some other issues, I am a captive audience.
  7. samsmart
    samsmart
    I suppose you could say it's something new. Personally, I think it's the stance that most moderate/centrist Americans have with regards to their relationship with government.

    I understand relating to the Libertarian Party in order to get the government more fiscally responsible. However, like you said, that have some radical minimalistic agendas.

    One reason why I'm against libertarian values is because it skews issues too far from employee and labor rights. For example, libertarians are opposed to unions.

    However, employees and laborers have rights of protections from the businesses that hire them. Yes, businesses provide economic support, but the working class should not suffer for it. The only way to ensure protections against corporations is through force of law, which libertarians oppose to apply to businesses.

    That's why I oppose libertarian political philosophy - it tends to ignore the needs and rights of the working class in exchange to favor business owners.
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