Monday, September 19, 2011

On Ideologies, and making politics sexy and sensible

Ideology as a concept seem under sustained klieg lights of late; in some places, the emptiness of the politics is based on the theory of a lack of it e.g. Nigeria, in other democracies the seeming polar ideologies of conservatism and liberalism seem determined to drive the world to the precipice of economic abyss. Ideology was blamed for the debt downgrade of America, and is why Greece may as well default! Ideology is the bad child for nothing making himself so available, or for just being there too much.

Oh well, what is ideology? Well, let us check Wikipedia, where it is defined as:

An ideology is a set of ideas that constitutes one's goals, expectations, and actions. An ideology can be thought of as a comprehensive vision, as a way of looking at things (compare worldview), as in common sense (see Ideology in everyday society below) and several philosophical tendencies (see Political ideologies), or a set of ideas proposed by the dominant class of a society to all members of this society (a "received consciousness" or product ofsocialization). 

I think here is an example of Wikii being wrong. For indeed ideology is commonsense, then why is ideology driving our world mad? Well, I submit here is the kernel of the problem. Ideology as it is currently constituted or contrived is simply not common sense? Does it make sense to claim to be pro-life, yet be so pro-war? Does it make sense to support welfare payments, and resist drug testing and tough on crime actions that will get folks out of a lifestyle of dependency or ask them to behave given the freebies? Does it make sense to advocate small government for your corporate buddies yet see nothing wrong in using the central national government to promote your views on gays and marriage? Does it make sense to advocate wealth distribution, yet advocate economic policies that put heavy burden on the richest that create such wealth?

Rather, a new ideology makes sense to me. Perhaps once I indoctrinate enough people on my idea of progressive libertarianism then the word "politics" will become sensible and sexy again. Here we go:

1. It make sense to support robust public infrastructure, education , health and welfare spending  as well as being tough on crime: including a tough stance on death penalty. When you spend money on welfare, you expect less crime. Anyone that runs foul of the law must be dealt with with a heavy hand. Progressive Libertarianism advocates this common sense provision.

2. It makes sense to support low regulation but high taxes to fund these robust social safety nets. Low environmental, safety and other regulations will ensure business thrive, but high taxes will ensure those who thrive by imposing these "dirty or risky" conditions on the collective pay it off in high progressive taxes as high as 60%. Ensuring our ability to clean up after their capitalist mess, and support the weakest links in our society. One for the PLs.

3. It makes sense to support, as Progressive Libertarians do, a relaxed social atmosphere. No regulation on business means no regulation on gays, alcohol, prostitution and gambling. These will also generate more revenues for government, ensure more welfare can be provided as well as more prisons built to ensure even the slightest criminal is locked up or electrocuted.

Progressive Libertarianism makes sense. Dump the current politics. 


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