Last week, we address the problems that come from the traditional view of politics. In the past, it was easy, simple, and wrong to label politics as simply “left” or “right.” These were used because contemplating one’s values on things is hard, and are still used in one manner to propagate a false unity between people on their political beliefs. On the other side, many still use these terms because we don’t have “nice” terms for political labels outside of Conservative or Liberal. So this week, let us begin by breaking down Conservative and Liberal. Instead of Left and Right as one front, let us begin by thinking in simple terms we used last week, of Social and Fiscal.
In some respect, we can take these terms, and compare them with other words. For Social politics, we tend to think of women’s rights, equal rights, gender/racial/ethnic rights and privileges to make up for disadvantages that Society, Government, or Religion has put on these groups. Social politics are called such because they are about enforcing dictates upon how Society treats these persons. They can affect Religion and its influence, but its most in terms of limiting Religion’s hand on the Society. This can also be used to protect Religions from Society, in cases where Religion becomes a persecuted group.
In regards to Fiscal, this is about Fiscal and Economic Politics. We think of lowering taxes, opening and closing regulations, establishing taxes in regards to various things. These are about making money for the state, corporations, and civilians for sure, but they are also about how government treats corporations and citizens. For instance, legalization of drugs is considered to be an Economic Politic issue, not a Social issue, because legalization of drugs deals with how the government treats the drug industry, not just the legal component, but the illegal as well. In fact, the legalization of products or the banning or limiting of sales of products is about prioritizing some type of Economic Politic over another. Most times, these deal with how much Society influences Government and how much authority Government has in terms of the daily routines of Society. Some might consider Corporations to be their own location in this politic, but even that is a simplification, so its better to keep how far we expand our views in a limit for now.
In this week’s expansion of Politics and discussions is the political arm itself. That’s right Political Politic, or better yet, the extension of Citizen Politic. This arm of political beliefs is about how much access a person has to the political system, and how much they will ever be able to achieve. This handles Immigration, Voting Rights and Voter ID laws, Citizenship Definitions and who can run for political office, and at what age am I able or obligated to carry out right and duties in the society and government. Frightening as it may seem, some of the greatest advocates for pushing for broader Political Rights, as they are called, has been religion. Religion typically uses these rights as a way to limit the power of Government. However, Political Rights exist to protect groups from Religion, by the hand of the government.
So in summary, Social Rights, those that give groups rights to their cultures and groups like women and African/African-Americans, are about protecting these minority groups from Religions, as some of the greatest persecutions of a population have been in the name of a God. Whether its Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, or Jews, these are about making sure I maintain my right to my own existence and enforce the Idea of Tolerance. Tolerance is not Acceptance, it is about understanding that each person is human and has a right to their own traditions, as long as those traditions do not enforce violence or punishments against other humans.
Fiscal/Economic Rights are those rights given to people, corporations, and even governments to operate in the acceleration and acquisition of wealth. They offer protections to make money in an industry, or ban exploitation of a wrong process. Sometimes, they are used to prevent industries from ever forming, or preventing their expansion so in this respect, the controls on the arms industry, heavy weapons, drugs, alcohol, and now even the healthcare and health insurance are examples of how Fiscal Rights (or lacking of them) play out in the battle between Society and Government. Profitability versus Exploitation is the duel here, and for many perhaps these words are the same, but in reality they are not. Profitability simply suggest making money off of something, whereas Exploitation is about abusing and using something for gain. Employing Laborers can lead to Profitability, but clearly Slavery was an Exploitation of labor for the sake of gains.
Finally Political Rights are about rights given to you and me, the everyday citizen of the American Empire, the land in which we live. They are also about the rights given to new citizens, those coming here from all over the world in pursuit of a better opportunity, or any other reason. They also affect those who come here by any means necessary, those that arrive illegally, or are refugees, and sometimes those who wind up in the shade of grey of definitions in terms of residency. They are used to define the battle of who matters, who is human, and who has a right to be “American” or any other citizen of a nation. This battle is between the Religions of the land and the Government, and sometimes religion is used as an arm to dehumanize, and sometimes, Religion represents the only force arguing for the quality of life some people are entitled to.
The convenience of these three separate tracks of views is that they still operate on a left versus right world. So for the Social, Fiscal, and Political Rights scale, here’s how they would look and once again, you’ll see my blip on the scales. You’ll see I’m slightly Socially Conservative, Strongly Fiscally Conservative, and Politically Conservative.
But perhaps you wonder what these things mean?
The Spectrum Rethought a Second Time
A Social Conservative believes that Society should change very little or not at all. The status quo in Society is good.
A Social Liberal believes that Society must progress forward, and that the status quo is a sign of stagnation, not cultural excellence.
A Fiscal Conservative believes that People and Corporations should not be limited in many regards by the government, in most regards to regulation. Legalization typically causes many to move towards Fiscal Conservativism.
A Fiscal Liberal is someone who believes the government has the right to tell citizens what industries are acceptable, what products they should buy, or what products no citizen should have. Be this gun control, making illegal an act or business, or implementing regulations to control safety or quality.
A Political Conservative is one who believes that citizenship is not a prize or reward easily achieved, and that work or effort must be exhibited to earn citizenship. Some even believe there shouldn’t be any immigration or allowance to non-citizens of any kind.
A Political Liberal wants to open up immigration, making the movement of non-citizens and citizens alike much easier and stronger between states, not just allies, but all states. Some seek a borderless system, in which no state flourishes, while others simply seek to offer Citizenship on a much lower platform of excellence.
This week there are no questions. Last week you answered what you were on the Social and Fiscal Political Scale, but this week, simply reflect on how you view citizenship and the rights of non-citizens.
If you are a Political Conservative, you will see that immigration as a weakening of your specific culture. You may see it as a way to subvert the country you love. Many Nationalists, a stronger and hostile version of Patriotism, reside at the far end of this scale. Some are simply aristocratic or bureaucratic about who can and should get in, and they exist near me in the middle ground of the Conservative side.
If you are a Political Liberal, you will see immigration as a strength to the culture, as a reflection that more desiring to be here is a sign that the culture is admired and desirable. At the end of the spectrum, you may be openly hostile to the idea of a “state” and find it a blockade to human progress to have such a system of governance in any shape or form. Perhaps you don’t oppose the state, but are simply less inclined to call yourself proud of your country, or you desire to make citizenship significantly easier to attain. Those individuals would exist in the middle ground of Liberalism on this scale.
For those who are confused as to where they reside, or simply don’t care about the politics of citizenship and political office, you would be a moderate. You feel no bond to your country, but you feel no animosity to it either. You are not seeking to expand immigration opportunities, but you may see a reformation of the system as necessary.
Overall, when it comes to Citizen Politics, the Political Rights of a People, this is one of the few places where I think many struggle, and where an answer isn’t going to come about clearly. As I would suggest, it is part of larger quest at aiming our cultural wavelengths to be in sync with those around us. As America is today, we are not 90% Caucasian, 80% Christian. In 2040, with the LEGAL population already, and birthrates as they are, whites will be a Majority Minority, in which the Majority population will be smaller than the whole of the Minority populations. Meaning there will be less whites than everyone else combined.
How we resolve that struggle is something that has yet to be determined, and may not be resolved any time soon.