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.Politics is a process by which groups of people make collective decisions.^ That leads to a politics of "pushing buttons" and collecting interest group endorsements, not to a principled movement.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Recommended by: mpearl Democrats: Good people running our government who have good judgement and can make good decisions .
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Once the story is understood, exposition (stating facts, making arguments) has greater influence on the decision making process than retelling the story.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.The term is generally applied to behavior within civil governments, but politics has been observed in other group interactions, including corporate, academic, and religious institutions.^ We pick up his 'general history of their struggle' on the cusp of the transition to modernity: One major task of the Enlightenment, among others, was to free politics from the fetters of religion.

^ We believe that democracy requires limits on institutional power, whether that of the government, the church, or the corporation.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If any large institution (e.g., a government, a political party) has no plan, they founder on the shoals of confusion and contradiction.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.It consists of "social relations involving authority or power"[1] and refers to the regulation of a political unit,[2] and to the methods and tactics used to formulate and apply policy.^ When it comes to political, social or health causes, elder abuse has not had the star power of some other movements focusing on the rights of vulnerable people.
  • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

^ From wiki: “Liberalism refers to a broad array of related ideas and theories of government that consider individual liberty to be the most important political goal.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I wonder if such candidates can change politics through the introduction of a new perspective, a perspective that develops from the bottom-up versus the traditional top-down power structure we are so used to in the United States.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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The word "Politics" comes from the Greek word Πολιτικά (politika) from politic (adj.), modeled on Aristotle's "affairs of state," the name of his book on governing and governments, which was rendered in English mid-15 century as Latinised "Polettiques." In Latin, this was "politicus" and in French "politique". Thus it became "politics" in Middle English (see the Concise Oxford Dictionary).

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History

.The origin and development of government institutions is the most visible subject for the study of Politics and its history.^ Human nature and history; a study of the development of liberal political thought.

^ Human nature and history, a study of the development of liberal political thought.

^ An examination of political change and institutional development in American national government.
  • - Politics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.cua.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Primitive societies

.Regardless of how civilized the world is, there are still large numbers of people living in the most primitive conditions.^ Even our poorest live better that most of the people in the world.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Every “Minority” group is out there trying to out-whine the others, so they can force the rest of us to give them what they want, regardless of how WE are affected by their demands.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Study of how dramatic events in the twentieth century resulted in concerted efforts of large groups of people to bring about change.
  • - Politics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.cua.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The most important of these because they are the most scientifically studied are the "aborigines" of Australia.^ The senior citizens also waived two-dollar bills to symbolize the extra money they pay each month in Medicare premiums because of these industry subsidies.
  • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

^ I told my kids that I did not have to wait in the line nor did any of these other people, they were simply acting like sheep because they did not know the Bill of Rights.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ They are toxic for the most part because their value is unknown.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

.The scientific study of the aboriginal Australian forms the basis of what is best known of primitive societies in general.^ Adoption and reproductive technology as methods of forming our next generation are no foundation for a stable society.

Before the colonization of Australia, The aboriginal Australian understood neither the cultivation of the land nor the rearing of sheep and cattle. The dingo was their only "domestic" animal. They took shelter in caves and in primitive huts. They had no food but the natural products of the earth. .They knew a very primitive form of fire-making and their traditional cooking was very crude.^ They are a very powerful artistic reinterpretation of the Japanese tradition of the thousand cranes that people traditionally make from beautiful origami paper as signs of hope (most recently that would be hope for peace).
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ His campaign strategists knew very well what they were doing, but they're in the habit of asking for forgiveness, not permission.

.They have no knowledge of metal work.^ No matter how bad an idea they were, the people who support them believe that all they need is a little more of MY money to make it work!
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Soon, they bore no further relation to Hollerith compatibility for one reason: the Hollerith number was designed to track a working inmate-not a dead one.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

Their weapons were the flint-headed spear, the axe and the wooden boomerang. .They wore no clothing at all.^ No matter how bad an idea they were, the people who support them believe that all they need is a little more of MY money to make it work!
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If no legal proceedings are started against Bush/Cheney then subsequent presidencies will believe they have all the power of this administration's mythical "unitary executive"claims.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

.Living like this on the point of starvation may have gone on for thousands of years.^ Certainly, whatever the future may bring, there is no justification for human cloning to create a live birth at this point because of the inherent dangers.
  • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

.The Totem group was the real social unit of the aboriginal Australian.^ An inquiry into the origins and current practices related to the participation of American ethnic groups in social, political, economic, and cultural institutions of the United States.
  • - Politics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.cua.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Totem is not an Australian word but it is generally accepted to designate the name of an institution which is found everywhere among primitive people.^ Nevertheless, the word stem of ’socialism’ once evoked thoughts of generally benevolent relationships between people, or between the individual and society.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

.The Totem group is primarily a group of people distinguished by the sign of a natural object, such as an animal or tree, who may not intermarry with one another — this is the first rule of primitive social organization; its origin is lost in antiquity ("Alcheringa") but its object is certainly to prevent the intermarriage of close relatives.^ Economic and social roadblocks exist and prevent most people from having social mobility, but there are still many who can transcend class because of their personal qualities [nature or nurture or both].
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ One of those dogmas that may be growing in our culture right now is that religious people are conservative Republicans.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ We did a series of focus groups and in short, presented the following conclusion: the people who are trying to kill you have the same values as you do.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.Marriage takes place between men and women of different Totems; the husband belongs to all the women of his wife's totem and the wife belongs to all the men of the husband's totem at the same time that a communal marriage is established between the men and women of the two different Totems - the men and women being of the same generation.^ My issue is that you apply this economic issue with a questionable degree of difference between the two ideologies, and you somehow seem to imply that it applies to both economic and social spheres.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The general public finds women have everything it takes and more of it than men, but are still hesitant to say they are better leaders than men.
  • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

^ If it is indeed you, why such an immense difference in tone and content between your post to me in #200 and all you others to other posters here?
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

This presents a most valuable objective lesson in social history. .There are no unmarried couples; marriage for them is part of the natural order into which they are born.^ There are no obscure depths to the problem of the jihad and our response thereto; there are questions concerning certain details, but there are really no mysteries, because they do not have to be like us in order for us to be as safe as it is possible to be in this world from them .

^ There is no intention on the part of those researching this technology to clone a person.
  • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

^ For Americans on this Day After, it is clear they no longer buy into the politician's song and dance about protecting us.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

The ceremonies were kept secret and are directed by a "Birraark" or sorcerer, usually an old man. The candidates are instructed in the history of their Totem and on the power of the Birraark. They were initiated into the mystery of the Totem, usually accompanied by an ordeal such as circumcision and then they were tattooed with a seal of identity that marks them for a given Totem and a given generation in that Totem. .In this way is constructed the simple system of relationship of the aboriginal Australian before British colonization.^ Colonized by the British, their influence is still evident in many ways; an obvious legacy is that Nigeria’s official language is English.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The mother took a predominant role, for descent was almost always reckoned through females. Parent, child, brother and sister were the only recognized relationships. Rudimentary as this system may appear to be, it is widely spread among the Malay Archipelago and prevails widely among primitive peoples everywhere.
The Totem served the purpose of forbidding intermarriage between close relatives and will deal destruction if this rule is not strictly enforced. These are the rudiments of two of the most important factors in human progress: Religion and Law. .The rudimentary notion of Law is very specific about what is prohibited or Taboo.^ I have written before about the need to be specific and avoid the notion of corporatism , it's not precise enough.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.Primitive people do not recognize any duties towards strangers unless there is an abundant food supply in a given area.^ There was a recognition of the duty to reason and persuade ("A man cannot believe unless he is willing").
  • Medieval Political Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ Framing politics in terms of "rights" makes it seem as though there is a progression toward greater human freedom as more rights are recognized.

It is a sure sign of progress if the same area is able to maintain an ever larger number of people. .In his own milieu, close to nature, the savage outwits the civilized man but both are subject to natural law.^ He distinguishes divine law (eternal and positive) from human law, and among human laws he distinguishes natural law from the law of nations and civil law; see Summa , 1-2, q.
  • Medieval Political Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ By law, the pregnancy must take its own natural course.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The right to establish one's own judiciary or police force is grounded in natural law, which consists of the rights and obligations inherent in human nature.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.Lewis H. Morgan author of Ancient Society considers the American Indians to be the link between the primitive and patriarchal state of society.^ Quite clearly, then, at this very early stage of the American Republic, the U.S. government did not consider the United States a Christian nation.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

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According to legend and the Codex Chimalpopoca, Quetzalcoatl being intoxicated with pulque had incest with his sister Quetzalpetlatl. Upon realizing the act, he declared: "... I've sinned. I'm not fit to rule." He burned his palace, buried his treasures and left forever the beloved city of Tollan, cradle of Toltec civilization.[5]

Patriarchal societies

All patriarchal societies are known by certain characteristic features:
  1. Male kinship is prevalent. .Men are counted as kin because they are descended from the same male ancestor.
  2. Marriage is permanent.^ I wouldn't be able to raise the same objection to, say, a row of residential houses on the same lot, because they wouldn't hurt me.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The answer for me is they should vote for the Democrats for the same reason I do: because the Republican party is utterly corrupt and systematically destroying the country I love.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They have that because they don’t apply the same standards to themselves that they apply to all their perceived enemies.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    .It is not until one woman is married to one man that certainty of fatherhood appears in society but it is not a general rule of patriarchal society for polygamy does exist in the earlier stages of social development.
  3. Paternal authority is the ruling principle of the social order.^ New Budget Authority and Tax Expenditures Clause 3(c)(2) of House rule XIII is inapplicable because this legislation does not provide new budgetary authority or increased tax expenditures.
    • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Furthermore, the separation of an embryo into twins or triplets frequently does not occur until after this stage of development, implying that the embryos cannot meaningfully be ascribed personal identity, uniqueness, or individuality.
    • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nevertheless, the word stem of ’socialism’ once evoked thoughts of generally benevolent relationships between people, or between the individual and society.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    In ancient Rome, the patria potestas extended to all descendants of one living male ancestor; it comprised control and punishment not to mention questions of life and death.
These features of the development of the patriarchal state of society are as common among the Jews as among the Arabs, among the Aryans as among the Dravidians and even among the Germanic and Celtic races.
The patriarchal state of society consists of two stages, tribe and clan. .The tribe is a large group of hundreds of members who descend from one common male ancestor, sometimes from a fictitious character satisfying the etiquette that descent from the male is the only basis of society.^ But it's so obvious that Ron Littlefield's crew is using Common Ground as a re-election brochure by sending it only to those who can vote for them.

^ It has been said that living in a stateless society does not make one a libertarian; that the Africans would establish states if only they had the skills.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Of course, only the ones she particularly likes (there are Brainerd Road merchants who could tell you stories on this matter).

.The clan, on the other hand, is a smaller group reaching back into the past for only four generations or so to a common well-known male ancestor.^ It's well known that Ron and Marti can't stand each other and that Ron's involvement in gerrymandering Marti out of District 6 is what led to this to begin with.

^ Doing X will have two kinds of effects: effects which depend on our sand pile being larger than some other group's sand pile, and effects which will only occur if I personally do X. .

^ On the other hand, a Pope who tries to impose a false doctrine on others is known to be pertinacious precisely from the fact that he is trying to impose false doctrine on others, and a Pope who becomes a heretic automatically ceases to be Pope.
  • Medieval Political Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

The clan always breaks down into smaller units when its limit is reached. According to the Scottish historian W. F. Skene in volumen 3 of Celtic Scotland, the tribe or larger unit is the oldest. When the tribe breaks down, clans are formed. When the clan system breaks down, it leaves the households or families as independent units. .Finally, with the withering away of patriarchal society, the family is dissolved and the individual comes into existence.^ He wrote that once the final revolution occurred there would be no need for the oppressive state and it would ‘wither away’.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

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The state

The origin of the State is to be found in the development of the art of warfare. .Historically speaking, there is not the slightest difficulty in proving that all political communities of the modern type owe their existence to successful warfare.^ It is true that Clinton "put on the agenda" certain topics like universal health care and gays in the military -- but then when the slightest political difficulty appeared, he retreated, and gave in.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Unless there is a dramatic and highly improbable last-minute shift in the voter polls, the 28th of October will prove historic for Argentina.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.As a result the new states are forced to organize on military principles.^ I would wake up in the morning and on TV a new President in military uniform would state that there had been a coup and he was now our new leader.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A standing military is our only defense; without it, none of what you propose matters.” What force in the world could invade the United States that cannot be defeated by the United States military?
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

The life of the new community is military allegiance. The military by nature is competitive.
.Of the institutions by which the state is ruled, that of kingship stands foremost until the French Revolution put an end to the "divine right of kings". Nevertheless, kingship is perhaps the most successful institution of Politics.^ It transformed us from a slow, naked, and vulnerable creature, into perhaps the most adaptable and successful creature that ever existed.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The most successful criminal defense attorneys zealously protect our clients Constitutional rights with vigorous challenge of the prosecution and their evidence.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ He put forward the most ambitious Democratic agenda since Lyndon B. Johnson, and the most broadly successful one since FDR. .
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.However, the first kings were not institutions but individuals.^ However, the ACLU receives a monthly stipend from me, because they seem to be the only institution in this nation really fighting for my rights as an individual.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

The earliest kings were successful militarily. .They were men not only of great military genius but also great administrators.^ They are men whose genius was that unique capacity to take high principles and apply them to the messy web of practical public life.

Kingship becomes an institution through heredity. However, constitutional monarchies are not successful at all. Elective monarchy is one of the chimeras of political Utopia. .Chosen by an electorate, the best they become is obedient puppets like the newly elected president of a Republic, obedient to whoever would pull the strings behind the scenes.^ The best case electoral-college wise for Bush would have been: .
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ June 27, 2007 A new Harris Poll indicates there is little chance for Senator John McCain to become the U.S. President, because 47 percent of U.S. adults say they would not vote for him.
  • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

^ So the government, which would be in bankruptcy if it couldn’t print money, would become everybody’s rich uncle Charley, handing out trust funds without strings attached?
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

The king rules his kingdom with the aid of his Council, without it he could not hold his territores. The Council is the king's master mind. The Council is the germ of constitutional government. Long before the council became a bulwark of democracy, it rendered invaluable aid to the institution of kingship by:
  1. Preserving the institution of kingship through heredity.
  2. Preserving the traditions of the social order.
  3. Being able to withstand criticism as an impersonal authority.
  4. Being able to manage a greater deal of knowledge and action than a single individual such as the king.
The greatest of the king's subordinates, the earls in England and Scotland, the dukes and counts in the Continent, always sat as a right on the Council. A conqueror wages war upon the vanquished for vengeance or for plunder but an established kingdom exacts tribute. One of the functions of the Council is to keep the coffers of the king full. .Another is the satisfaction of military service and the establishment of lordships by the king to satisfy the task of collecting taxes and soldiers.^ Is tax money collected from two persons with different skin color, gender, etc., and used to provide different levels of public service to them?
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ By what reasoning can tax money collected from two persons with different skin color, gender, etc can be used to provide different levels of public service to them?
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

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The state and property

.No political institution is of greater importance than the institution of property.^ Woodrow Wilson said there is no greater religion than to sacrifice for human service, to work for the common good.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If any large institution (e.g., a government, a political party) has no plan, they founder on the shoals of confusion and contradiction.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.Property is the right vested on the individual or a group of people to enjoy the benefits of an object be it material or intellectual.^ Liberty and liberalism , a protest against the growing tendency toward undue interference by the state, with individual liberty, private enterprise, and the rights of property , by Bruce Smith.

^ We believe that the benefits of intellectual property belong to all and that no artificial "market" be created just to raise the compensation of those who produce intellectual property.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

A right is a power enforced by public trust. Sometimes it happens that the exercise of a right is opposed to public trust. Nevertheless, a right is really the creation of public trust, past, present or future. The growth of knowledge is the key to the history of property as an institution. .The more man becomes knowledgeable of an object be it physical or intellectual, the more it is appropriated.^ This man is becoming even more despicable as the years pass.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

The appearance of the State brought about the final stage in the evolution of property from wildlife to husbandry. In the presence of the State, man can hold landed property. .The State began granting lordships and ended up conferring property and with it came inheritance.^ They came out saying that both the Clinton and Bush administrations had been using the court for political ends and that Americans needed to wake up.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Two other Muslim-majority states ended up in India’s control: Kashmir to the northwest (which Pakistan also laid claim to), and Hyderabad in central India.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It began with the state government’s controversial transfer of land to the Hindu Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, and ended with the just concluded elections.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.With landed property came rent and in the exchange of goods, profit, so that in modern times, the "lord of the land" of long ago becomes the landlord.^ Newt is a moron…always has been..always will be….I can’t believe this ass hat still gets media attention today…He, his views, and his hypocracy have been marginalized a very long time ago.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ Christians of good will have had their clocks cleaned politically for a long time now.

^ Long story short, he ended up owing me about $8200 by the time I was able to have him evicted for not paying his rent.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

.If it is wrongly assumed that the value of land is always the same, then there is of course no evolution of property whatever.^ But I do it the more because the other man, in his ardour for disproving the Sea Serpent, always argues that there are not only no snakes in Iceland, but none in the world.

^ Certainly, whatever the future may bring, there is no justification for human cloning to create a live birth at this point because of the inherent dangers.
  • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There is no longer any room for the same old tired political games where government money flows to cronies and contributors.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

.However, the price of land goes up with every increase in population benefitting the landlord.^ However, I find it reprehensible that there is another H1b visa increase wrapped up in Kennedy's immigration bill.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

.The landlordism of large land owners has been the most rewarded of all political services.^ (How about political commercials and campaigns showing the land we love and the working people -- of all colors -- who make life here livable?
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

In industry, the position of the landlord is less important but in towns which have grown out of an industry, the fortunate landlord has reaped an enormous profit. Towards the latter part of the Middle Ages in Europe, both the State - the State would use the instrument of confiscation for the first time to satisfy a debt - and the Church - the Church succeeded in acquiring immense quantities of land - were allied against the village community to displace the small landlord and they were successful to the extent that today, the village has become the ideal of the individualist, a place in which every man "does what he wills with his own." .The State has been the most important factor in the evolution of the institution of property be it public or private.^ Liberty and liberalism , a protest against the growing tendency toward undue interference by the state, with individual liberty, private enterprise, and the rights of property , by Bruce Smith.

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The state and the justice system

As a military institution, the State is concerned with the allegiance of its subjects. is a risk to its national security. Thus arises the law of treason. .Criminal acts in general, breaking the peace and treason make up the whole of criminal law enforced by the State as distinguished from the law enforced by private individuals.^ Ward But Im not, I dont wanna run the whole show, cause then every son-of-a-bitch saw me, and Im tryin to practice law and make a living.

^ Thirty states now have laws, too, saying you are responsible for your parents - half with criminal penalties .
  • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

^ The government has come up with a new way to make you a criminal.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

State justice has taken the place of clan, feudal, merchant and ecclesiastical justice due to its strength, skill and simplicity. .One very striking evidence of the superiority of the royal courts over the feudal and popular courts in the matter of official skill is the fact that, until comparatively late in history, the royal courts alone kept written records of their proceedings.^ You have no skill at digesting, recognizing or appreciating either facts or evidence, based on the ludicrous, and inept posts you make.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ In fact until the defense spending build up of 1938 to 1940, to combat Japan and Germany, the economy was very reluctantly creating jobs.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Putting people to death no matter what you have to do – falsify evidence, find two people guilty of the same crime, a crime in which there was only one perpetrator, and put both to death.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

.The most innovative proceeding introduced by the royal courts was trial by jury becoming not only popular but also the bulwark of liberty.^ To me, the problem is that most modern “conservatives” do not favor individual freedom and liberty, but, rather, only give it lip service.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

.By the time of the Protestant Reformation, with the separation of Church and State, in the most progressive countries, the State succeeded in dealing with the business of administering justice.^ Separation of church and state.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This protest reminds me of the 1986 “People Power Revolution” in the Philippines, one of the most significant turning points in the history of my country.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Reason, deliberation and a strict seperation of Church, State, and corporations Is what will maintain this country as the beacon of freedom in the world.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

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The state

.The making of laws was unknown to primitive societies.^ Having a secret court makes secret law is bad for an allegedly free society.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

.That most persistent of all patriarchal societies, the Jewish, retains to a certain extent its tribal law in the Gentile cities of the West.^ A secret court and secret laws that I can unwittingly violate, because all the information on the "law" is classified, is not allowed in a free society.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

This tribal law is the rudimentary idea of law as it presented itself to people in the patriarchal stage of society, it was custom or observance sanctioned by the approval and practice of ancestors.
The intolerable state of affairs in the 10th century where every little town had its own laws and nations like France, Germany, Spain and other countries had no national law till the end of the 18th century, came to an end thanks to three great agencies that helped to create the modern system of law and legislation:
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  1. Records. From the early Middle Ages in Europe there come what are called folk-laws and they appear exactly at the time when the patriarchal is becoming the State.^ They may seem small now, but when the rule of law becomes a joke inside and outside our borders I think bad things are going to happen.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But there are positions, or more correctly combinations of positions, which can clearly disqualify someone from a atually being a member of a party, no matter what they like to call themselves.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Will there come a time when the government in power will pay visits to those that did not vote for them or worse?
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    .They are due almost universally to one cause: the desire of the king to know the custom of his subjects.^ I know almost everyone's "story", including deep secrets they say they never have and never will tell anyone else.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The only difference is they do not go through the horrors of divorce, child custody battles which as we all know can cause emotional damage to the child.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Is it due to fear that they won't 'play well on television' or because they simply don't know what they believe?
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    .These are not legislation in the sense of law-making but statements or declarations of custom.^ Makes no sense, just what can be expected from these neocon retards.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    They are drawn from a knowledge of the custom of the people. Unwritten custom changes imperceptibly but not the written. It is always possible to point to the exact text and show what it says. .Nevertheless, the written text can change by addition with every new edition.
  2. Law Courts. By taking some general rule which seemed to be common to all the communities and ignoring the differences, English common law was modelled after such a practice so that the law became common in all the districts of the kingdom.^ It is also important, though, that even the comments on threads such as this seem to be leading to some at least slightly useful places, such as the "we've got your back" proposal.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This has not played well at all with the Australian public and Bush's very solid ally, Howard, has been taking some real heat about it.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ward But Im not, I dont wanna run the whole show, cause then every son-of-a-bitch saw me, and Im tryin to practice law and make a living.

    .The reason why in the rest of Europe, there was no common law till centuries later is because the State in those countries did not get hold of the administration of justice when England did.^ Issues, which in other democracies are settled by compromise or consensus, the Republicans will play up the differences, demonize the other side of the debate, and insist there can be no common ground.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Chairman, as we take whatever action we're going to take in the United States, there will be other countries who will be doing this research.
    • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Unlike countries where the government has unabridged power, democratic states have power over the government, its decisions, and its laws.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    .One of the shrewdest moves by which the English judges pushed their plan of making a common law was by limiting the verdict of the jury in every case to questions of fact.^ It’s a film and message that every judge, jury member, and prosecutor should see and consider before convicting or sentencing anyone accused of a crime.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In fact an argument could be made that culture and art more times than not reflect the political climate versus the reverse trend he seems to be making a case for.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Make your mark for society or against,judge all matters for every landmark is not irrelevant but matter of fact.Men are made of man ,God of himself,and all others do not count.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    .At first the jury used to give answers both on law and fact; and being a purely local body, they followed local custom.^ Irene first got involved in campaign work in 2002, when her organization conducted research on how government funds to all constituencies in the country were being used.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They came out saying that both the Clinton and Bush administrations had been using the court for political ends and that Americans needed to wake up.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I would also say that never in the history of science have we been given such a gift of being able to use cells that can become any tissue or cell type in the body for the purpose of healing.
    • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

    .A famous division came to pass: the province of the judge and the province of the jury.
  3. Fictions. Records and Law Courts were valuable in helping the people adapt to law-making but like Fictions, they were slow and imperfect.^ Advertisments make people think they need something, when they don.t really need it.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I am sorry, but I judge people by their actions and not their words and Obama`s, no mtter how pretty, are not backed up actions that support his contention that he is out to help individual Americans.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Many of those people wildly shouting at the Congressional town halls are senior citizens, who already have a government health plan that they like Medicare.
    • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

    Though slowly, Fictions work because it is a well known fact that people will accept a change in the form of a fiction while they would resist it to the end if the fact is out in the open.
Finally there is the enactment of laws or legislation. When progress and development is rapid, the faster method of political representation is adopted. .This method does not originate in primitive society but in the State need for money and its use of an assembly to raise the same.^ One more thing—how can you be so irresponsible to be donating your state return to charity when you need that money to help your mom and finish your degree.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It has been said that living in a stateless society does not make one a libertarian; that the Africans would establish states if only they had the skills.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Accordingly if a man wanted to sell wine separately from the use of the wine, he would be selling the same thing twice, or he would be selling what does not exist, wherefore he would evidently commit a sin of injustice.

.From the town assembly, a national assembly and the progress of commerce sprang Parliament all over Europe around the end of the 12th century but not entirely representative or homogenous for the nobility and the clergy.^ I cast my vote to choose both a lower and upper house of assembly representative in parliament and a councilor in my constituency.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The clergy had amassed a fortune in land, about one-fifth of all Christendom but at the time, in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Church was following a policy of isolation; they adopted the rule of celibacy and cut themselves from domestic life; they refused to plead in a secular court; they refused to pay taxes to the State on the grounds that they had already paid it to the Pope.^ The citizens are, after all, paying for one or the other.

^ They have paid a lifetime of taxes.
  • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

^ It has been said that living in a stateless society does not make one a libertarian; that the Africans would establish states if only they had the skills.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.Since the main object of the king in holding a national assembly was to collect money, the Church could not be left out and so they came to Parliament.^ Now we have a chance since 'Party Hubris', for lack of a better term, has over taken them and they are vulnerable to effective campaign tactics which could include any number of tactics and issues.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They can’t help but witness how the dominant nation in the world is acting out on the world stage.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ We left our animals, crops, land and home behind… they came looking for us, to kill us and we weren’t there.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Church did not like it but in most cases they had to come.^ Who is most likely to say they would not vote for him senior citizens, of course, who seem to always be at the extreme end of polls.
  • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

^ And, they are targeting senior citizens as the voter group most likely to swallow their lie, which is that the legislation will pressure the elderly to end their lives prematurely.
  • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

^ I told my kids that I did not have to wait in the line nor did any of these other people, they were simply acting like sheep because they did not know the Bill of Rights.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

.The medieval Parliament was complete when it represented all the states in the realm: nobles, clergy, peasants and craftsmen but it was not a popular institution mainly because it meant taxation.^ We support development of representative government, parlimentary institutions, reduction in the arbitrary power of the state and protection of the civil freedoms of the individual.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

.Only by the strongest pressure of the Crown were Parliaments maintained during the first century of their existence and the best proof of this assertion lies in the fact that in those countries where the Crown was weak, Parliament ceased to exist.^ Anyone who doubts that need only remember that during the 2005 riots in Paris’s poorer suburbs, he referred to those neighborhoods as slaughterhouses that need to be hosed down to rid the country of the racailles .
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In the first instance, though the available figures are all over the map, it would seem that, at best, real wages have risen only marginally since 1970.

The notion that Parliaments were the result of a democratic movement cannot be supported by historial facts. .Originally, the representative side of Parliament was solely concerned with money; representation in Parliament was a liability rather than a privilege.^ Rather than attempt to respond to each one these in the original thread, leaving the matter of the responses' connections to the original queries ambiguous - who raised this issue?, to what is this a response?

.It is not uncommon that an institution created for one purpose begins to serve another.^ Now we have lost enough Americans that their families and loved ones are beginning to stand-up and question the purpose of these undeclared wars.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

.People who were asked to contribute with large sums of money began to petition.^ Anyways, these people can just spontaneously wake up at any time, yet it costs huge sums of money to keep them alive in the inerim.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ No matter how bad an idea they were, the people who support them believe that all they need is a little more of MY money to make it work!
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I know, you’re going to say that it only affects certain people who make more than a certain amount of money.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

Pretty soon, sessions in Parliament would turn into bargaining tables, the king granting petitions in exchange for money. .However, there were two kinds of petitions, one private and the other public and it was from this last that laws were adopted or legislation originated.^ It's been generally held that there are two types of cloning, one to produce a---- Chairman Sensenbrenner.
  • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

^ When I vote in March I will drop two ballot papers: one for president and one for a legislator or member of parliament.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ However, there is one very telling overlap between these two wars.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

.The king as head of State could give orders to preserve territorial integrity but not until these royal enactments were combined with public petition that successful legislation ever took place.^ It will be said that security personnel and police exist for this purpose, but the success of such assaults proves only the obvious: that these public servants are neither omnipotent nor omnipresent.

^ Of course, in order for the government to give you anything in the first place, it has to take it from someone else.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A Dem President hopefully would not be nominating right wing nutbars and he could veto offensive legislation, so preserving the Filibuster until this point would not offer any particular advantage, compared to the advantages already enjoyed in that situation.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

.Even to the present day, this has always been the basis of all successful legislation: public custom is adopted and enforced by the State.^ Neither Democrats nor Republicans believe in individual liberty, the state and their corporate sponsors are now the basis of all law.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

.In the early days of political representation, the majority did not necessarily carry the day and there was very little need for contested elections but by the beginning of the 15th century, a seat in Parliament was something to be cherished.^ Early voting is in high gear across America and some predict more than half of the voters in this U.S. election will take advantage of this opportunity to vote before election day.
  • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

^ If it needs to be rare that implies that there is something wrong with it.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Larger government does not necessarily equal more powerful government: it could equal greater representation or meeting the demands and needs of the people.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

Historically speaking, the dogma of the equality of man is the result of the adoption of the purely practical machinery of the majority but the adoption of the majority principle is also responsible for another institution of modern times: the party system. .The party system is an elaborate piece of machinery that pits at least two political candidates against each other for the vote of an electorate; its advantage being equal representation interesting a large number of people in politics; it provides effective criticism of the government in power and it affords an outlet for the ambition of a large number of wealthy and educated people guaranteeing a consistent policy in government.^ Government Main Priority is to provide Education for its People .
  • Politics Research Papers - Direct Essays 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.directessays.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ One party political systems .
  • Politics Research Papers - Direct Essays 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.directessays.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The measure of a government is in how it provides for the least powerful of its citizens.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.These three institutions: political representation, majority rule and the party system are the basic components of modern political machinery; they are applicable to both central and local governments and are becoming by their adaptability ends in themselves rather than a machinery to achieve some purpose.^ Political institutions, the electoral system, parties and representation, the media.
  • - Politics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.cua.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ One party political systems .
  • Politics Research Papers - Direct Essays 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.directessays.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They devoted themselves to changing the structure of their political party, and they succeeded.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

[10]

The state and the executive system

.The administration is one of the most difficult aspects of government.^ One of my initial points was that most governments are a mix of freedom and socialism.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.In the enactment and enforcement of laws, the victory of the State is complete but not so in regards to administration the reason being that it is easy to see the advantage of the enactment and enforcement of laws but not the administration of domestic, religious and business affairs which should be kept to a minimum by government.^ However, before long any opponent of his administration, whether at the local level or at the very top, was considered an “enemy” of the state who should be arrested.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In what is being hailed as a victory for democracy, the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir recently concluded a two-month round of elections at the end of December.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We believe that government creates the public space in which the market can operate and should ensure that market decisions are made for economic and not political reasons.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

Originally, the State was a military organization. .For many years, it was just a territory ruled by a king who was surrounded by a small elite group of warriors and court officials and it was basically rule by force over a larger mass of people.^ And many people just stay at home on election day.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The people who insisted that the American colonies remain under the British king were conservatives.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ March 18th, 2007 The People Oppose the War As distressing as it is, we should not forget that the people largely opposed the war in Vietnam for many years before we actually got out.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

.Slowly, however, the people gained political representation for none can really be said to be a member of the State without the right of having a voice in the direction of policy making.^ The writings of these poets and essayists have transformed over the past decade from musings about an exotic culture and history, to more real issues of human rights, political policies, and memoirs of people loved and lost.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A standing military is our only defense; without it, none of what you propose matters.” What force in the world could invade the United States that cannot be defeated by the United States military?
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Without one or the other, or both, people and countries still must muddle through somehow...elect governments, make policy, make choices, make decisions, for good or ill.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.One of the basic functions of the State in regards to administration is maintaining peace and internal order; it has no other excuse for interfering in the lives of its citizens.^ It has been said that living in a stateless society does not make one a libertarian; that the Africans would establish states if only they had the skills.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ State with highest percentage of senior citizens had been the only one barring access to polls .
  • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

^ July 9, 2006 Senior citizens in Pennsylvania may pay less for their medicine than seniors in any other state and maybe less in taxes, if the promises in two bills recently signed by Gov. Edward G. Rendell (D) live up to their expectations.
  • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

.To maintain law and order the State develops means of communication.^ If the Democrats had, or could develop credible means to communicate with the know-nothings, or otherwise initiate reform of the media and its punditocracy, that would be significant.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The new legislation grants the president the right to intercept any communications he considers necessary to protect "the interests of national security or the maintenance of law and order".
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Historically, the "king's highway" was laid down and maintained for the convenience of the royal armies not as an incentive to commerce. .In almost all countries, the State jealously maintains the control of the means of communication and special freedoms such as those delineated in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution are rather limited.^ Why don’t we instead remember that this nation was founded in outrage over a 3% tax on tea…Then look to the Constitution of the United States of America for our solutions.” .
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The First Amendment requires more than staying mum, especially when stupid people have the notoriety to be taken seriously by those not paying attention.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ In foreign policy, the Democratic Party recognizes and embraces the United States' position of leadership in the world but recognizes that we are all in this together.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.The State's original function of maintaining law and order within its borders gave rise to police administration which is a branch of the dispensation of Justice but on its preventive side, police jurisdiction has a special character of its own, which distinguishes it from ordinary judicial work.^ This includes the right to establish and maintain a court of justice or a police force.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They say people should be free to create their own police force and judicial system, but that authoritarian-created police forces are wrong.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

In the curfew, the State shows early in history the importance of preventing disorder. In early days, next to maintaining law and order, the State was concerned with the raising of revenue. This led eventually to modern State socialism. It was then useful to the State to establish a standard of weights and measures so that value could be generally accepted and finally the State acquired a monopoly of coinage. .The regulation of labor by the State as one of its functions dates from the 15th century, when the Black Plague killed around half of the European population.^ One can find such countries only on the African continent, especially below the Sahara, where almost all of the 45 states face hostile, libertarian populations.
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.The invariable policy of the State has always being to break down all intermediate authorities and to deal directly with the individual.^ So, as you stated, you did not condemn all of FDR's policies -- such as fighting World War II -- you simply condemned every single one of his New Deal and wartime economic policies.
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^ In foreign policy, the Democratic Party recognizes and embraces the United States' position of leadership in the world but recognizes that we are all in this together.
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.This was the policy until Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations was published promoting a strong public reaction against State interference.^ I hope that you familiarize yourself with some of the arguments for redistribution of part of people’s earnings to promote the public good; some are quite strong and worthy of anyone’s attention.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ Adam Smith and the Wealth of Nations .
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^ Common Agricultural Policy and Adam Smith .
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By its own action, the State raised the issue of the poor or the State relief of the indigent. .The State, of course, did not create poverty but by destroying the chief agencies which dealt with it such as the village, the church and the guilds, it practically assumed full responsibility for the poor without exercising any power over it.^ If America is to reclaim her heritage of freedom and liberty, then the 'power of the people' constitutionally created in the House of Representatives must be exercised.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ We need to be the party that lifts the poor out of poverty, and creates a just distribution of wealth in America.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Government is responsible for creating far more poverty than has ever cured.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

The Great Poor Law Report of 1834 showed that communism ran rampant in the rural areas of England. .In newly developed countries such as the colonies of the British Empire, the State has refused to take responsibility for the poor and the relief of poverty in spite of the fact, that the poor classes lean heavily towards State socialism.^ To what extent is Globalization likely to increase the developing gap between rich and poor countries.
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^ The welfare system was supposed to reduce the number of poor people in this country, and instead, it creates a cycle of dependence and perpetual poverty for the people stuck in the system, while punishing them for trying to get off of welfare.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ One can find such countries only on the African continent, especially below the Sahara, where almost all of the 45 states face hostile, libertarian populations.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.Recognizing the great power of the State, it is only natural that in times of great crisis such as an overwhelming calamity the people should invoke general State aid.^ The power of the people must reasserted, but only "the people" can do it.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ As I've stated several times on worstmayorever.com, I've only mirrored the tactics Ron Littlefield and his henchmen (and women) used during the (2005) mayoral campaign .

^ The Racist or fundamentalist parents of our students say that in a truly democratic society the students should not be forced to read books by such people—black people, Jewish people, homosexual people.

Political representation has helped to shape State administration. .When the voice of the individual can be heard, the danger of arbitrary interference by the State is greatly reduced.^ We support development of representative government, parlimentary institutions, reduction in the arbitrary power of the state and protection of the civil freedoms of the individual.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Liberty and liberalism , a protest against the growing tendency toward undue interference by the state, with individual liberty, private enterprise, and the rights of property , by Bruce Smith.

To that extent is the increase of State activity popular. .There are no hard and fast rules to limit State administration but it is a fallacy to believe that the State is the nation and what the State does is necessarily for the good of the nation.^ There’s no good answer to the question.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It is no nation state.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ NO. STATE SOCIALISM failed but there is no reason to believe that a new form of democratic socialism cannot arise with the withering away of the state.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

.In the first place, even in modern times, the State and the nation are never identical.^ Liberal democracy into the twenty-first century : globalization, integration and the nation-state / Roland Axtmann.

^ Why does the current surveillance debate never question the constitutionality of FISA in the first place?
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I would have never been able to afford school with out it, even though I usually work 2 to 3 jobs at a time.
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.Even where "universal suffrage" prevails, the fact remains that an extension of State administration means an increased interference of some by others, limiting freedom of action.^ Chairman, as we take whatever action we're going to take in the United States, there will be other countries who will be doing this research.
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^ This brings it into some tension with another common political idea, namely freedom, because freedom, in order to have any meaning, must allow for possibility of unequal outcomes.

^ Action stops insurance increase for about 27% of senior citizens, others protected already; Seniors wont see COLA for 2010 .
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.Even if it is admitted that State and nation are one and the same, it is sometimes difficult to admit that State administration is necessarily good.^ If this administration has the power to plunge this nation into conflagration, does it surprise you that they may be playing the same games with the economic numbers.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It’s pretty difficult to look at ANWR and Iraq and conclude that a good position on ANWR more than offsets a bad one on Iraq.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In that same year, Leiter predicted with great confidence the imminency of a national military draft and claimed that President Bush was destroying the United States .

.Finally, the modern indiscriminate advocacy of State administration conceals the fallacy that State officials must necessarily prove more effective in their action than private enterprise.^ You say that state socialism is unnecessary because individuals are more efficient and effective at helping the needy, then criticize an individual for helping the most needy.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ By the time she left foster care in her late teens, Moyer had bounced through more than 15 state-funded substitute homes.
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^ The validity of his concern over the state of the media in this country could not have been more perfectly demonstrated than in last week’s legal drama over NBC’s Democratic debate in Nevada.
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.Herein lies the basic difference between Public and Business Administration; the first deals with the public weal while the second deals basically in profit but both require a great deal of education and ethical conduct to avoid the mishaps inherent in the relationship not only of business and labor but also the State and the Administration.^ My issue is that you apply this economic issue with a questionable degree of difference between the two ideologies, and you somehow seem to imply that it applies to both economic and social spheres.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I would also like to advise you to learn the difference between the possessive and the plural sense in basic English grammar–something I recall learning in elementary school.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ The basic conflict in Africa is between the proponents of two different political systems: state government, which is authoritarian, and tribal government, which is libertarian.
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The varieties of political experience

.According to Aristotle, States are classified into monarchies, aristocracies, timocracies, democracies, oligarchies, and tyrannies.^ This is especially true when you consider that his peers were the Founding Fathers, most of whom were quite comfortable with monarchy and aristocracy and openly hostile toward democracy.
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Due to an increase in knowledge of the history of politics, this classification has been abandoned. .Generally speaking, no form of government could be considered the best if the best is considered to be the one that is most appropriate under the circumstances.^ One of my initial points was that most governments are a mix of freedom and socialism.
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^ Government redistribution of wealth is socialism yet imo progressive taxation can only be considered socialism by the most rigid of definitions.
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^ These terrorist groups, or sleeper cells, include people who speak Arabic, Spanish and Hebrew and, for the most part, arouse no suspicion in their communities.

All States are varieties of a single type, the sovereign State. All the Great Powers of the modern world rule on the principle of sovereignty. .Sovereign power may be vested on an individual as in an autocratic government or it may be vested on a group as in a constitutional government.^ We support development of representative government, parlimentary institutions, reduction in the arbitrary power of the state and protection of the civil freedoms of the individual.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The [U.S.] Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals … it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government … it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen’s protection against the government.” -Ayn Rand .
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.Constitutions are written documents that specify and limit the powers of the different branches of government.^ We believe that democracy requires limits on institutional power, whether that of the government, the church, or the corporation.
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^ The [U.S.] Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals … it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government … it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen’s protection against the government.” -Ayn Rand .
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^ The founders deliberately gave the majority of the power of government to the states, with a limited Federal Government, to try to prevent the monstrosity we have now.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

.Although a Constitution is a written document, there is also an unwritten Constitution.^ Republicans often refuse to believe that the word GOD does not appear anywhere in our Constitution, but the document is there for anyone to read on their own.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

.The unwritten constitution is continually being written by the Legislative branch of government; this is just one of those cases in which the nature of the circumstances determines the form of government that is most appropriate.^ In one of nature's most efficient if little-known feats, bats consume as many as 1,200 insects an hour after emerging from their sheltering places every night.
  • Keanu Reeves Hub | Keanu Reeves Gay Blog Report | Towleroad, News Daily for Gay Guys. 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.towleroad.com [Source type: General]

^ Hence, each society develops an implicit iconography, a series of images, tropes, and forms which constitute a sort of natural sacred, which disclose in sensory forms the religious ethos of that society.

^ The summary of Medicare provisions in the legislation being considered today in the House was released just yesterday by the Senate Finance Committee.
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Nevertheless, the written constitution is essential. .England did set the fashion of written constitutions during the Civil War but after the Restoration abandoned them to be taken up later by the American Colonies after their emancipation and then France after the Revolution and the rest of Europe including the European colonies.^ Now we have lost enough Americans that their families and loved ones are beginning to stand-up and question the purpose of these undeclared wars.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Coupled with the recent revelation about the American power grid being hacked, one has to wonder if there is a virtual state of war RIGHT NOW. April 7th, 2009 Will Obama Restore Our Civil Rights?
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Older Americans, especially those 70 and up, are most likely to say war was a mistake .
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.There are two forms of government, one a strong central government as in France and the other a local government such as the ancient divisions in England that is comparatively weaker but less bureaucratic.^ No one is stopping individuals from helping each other, but the government is there when the individuals are not.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Given the lack of transparency that has been the hallmark of 21st century government, one has to wonder whether we should be worried about the other deaths.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ If you want to know why there is a disparity, go to your local fast-food restaurant and order a hamburger with other than the normal configuration.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

.These two forms helped to shape the Federal government, first in Switzerland, then in the United States in 1776, in Canada in 1867 and in Germany in 1870 and in the 20th century, Australia.^ Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Norway, Peru, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom already have laws or have announced plans to pass laws prohibiting the cloning of human beings.
  • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I think the way to unite the country is to first divide it: fire up the urban and coastal base, win control of the Federal government, and then pursue rural reconstruction.
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^ Quite clearly, then, at this very early stage of the American Republic, the U.S. government did not consider the United States a Christian nation.
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The Federal States introduced the new principle of agreement or contract. Compared to a federation, a confederation singular weakness is that it lacks judicial power. .In the American Civil War, the contention of the Confederate States that a State could secede from the Union was untenable because of the power enjoyed by the Federal government in the executive, legislative and judiciary branches.^ US Governments war on Americans .
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^ How much power should the federal government posses .
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^ Unlike countries where the government has unabridged power, democratic states have power over the government, its decisions, and its laws.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

.According to professor A. V. Dicey in An Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution, the essential features of a federal constitution are: a) A written supreme constitution in order to prevent disputes between the jurisdictions of the Federal and State authorities; b) A distribution of power between the Federal and State governments and c) A Supreme Court vested with the power to interpret the Constitution and enforce the law of the land remaining independent of both the executive and legislative branches.^ It began with the state government’s controversial transfer of land to the Hindu Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, and ended with the just concluded elections.
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^ That's what I mean by rural reconstruction--use Federal authority to crush the existing power relations and rebuild rural economies to benefit rural working people.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Our Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights embdy a political philosophy: how this land should be governed, and what's the basis for that governance.
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As an academic discipline

.Political science, the study of politics, examines the acquisition and application of power and "power corrupts".[13] Related areas of study include political philosophy, which seeks a rationale for politics and an ethic of public behaviour, political economy, which attempts to develop understandings of the relationships between politics and the economy and the governance of the two, and public administration, which examines the practices of governance.^ POLI 341 Political Economy of Development .
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^ The proper form of human association, the just balance of economic, political, and social power, and the nature of the relationship between the state and the individual are explored in the works of prominent historical and contemporary theorists.
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^ We believe that government creates the public space in which the market can operate and should ensure that market decisions are made for economic and not political reasons.
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The first academic chair devoted to politics in the United States was the chair of history and political science at Columbia University, first occupied by Prussian émigré Francis Lieber in 1857.[14]

Spectra

.Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.^ That leads to a politics of "pushing buttons" and collecting interest group endorsements, not to a principled movement.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
 
.Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.^ The problems with conservatives like yourself is that you define liberals as those who think the government should have absolute power.
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Left-right politics

.Recently in history, political analysts and politicians divide politics into left wing and right wing politics, often also using the idea of center politics as a middle path of policy between the right and left.^ Primarily, the discussion has centered on distinguishing between policy and ideas.
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^ Left-wing and Right-wing, coming together in agreement.
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^ Just seems to me they've left lots of useful stuff of their last stated philosophy lying around for us idea-designers to pick up.
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.This classification is comparatively recent (it was not used by Aristotle or Hobbes, for instance), and dates from the French Revolution era, when those members of the National Assembly who supported the republic, the common people and a secular society sat on the left and supporters of the monarchy, aristocratic privilege and the Church sat on the right.^ In NY state, there is a corrupt dynamic wherein people in upstate towns support politicians, who ensure there is a steady supply of inmates from cities to fill the prisons in those upstate towns.
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^ (Democracy, concern for each member of society, the idea the political power ought to be distributed so that it works for the common good ...
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^ Those we have supported who have voice, for the most part, have not used it by challenging the broad assumptions of "blank check" governing.
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.The meanings behind the labels have become more complicated over the years.^ This man is becoming even more despicable as the years pass.
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.A particularly influential event was the publication of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in 1848. The Manifesto suggested a course of action for a proletarian revolution to overthrow the bourgeois society and abolish private property, in the belief that this would lead to a classless and stateless society.^ After all, it's not like Karl Marx was the first or last person in history to notice that societies are often divided and driven by the competing interests of different classes.
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^ It has been said that living in a stateless society does not make one a libertarian; that the Africans would establish states if only they had the skills.
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^ Karl Marx was a valiant advocate of capitalism, as he believed that only the transformative power of capitalism could efficiently harness the means of production to solve societies' material needs.
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.The meaning of left-wing and right-wing varies considerably between different countries and at different times, but generally speaking, it can be said that the right wing often values tradition and social stratification while the left wing often values reform and egalitarianism, with the center seeking a balance between the two such as with social democracy or regulated capitalism.^ Conservative, is having good values It’s doing good, not being callous Often considered, right-wing It can be seen as, extreme .
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Realistically speaking, the truth is likely somewhere in between these two extremes.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise that 10 percent of couples in this country, or 6 million couples, experience infertility at any given time.
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.According to Norberto Bobbio, one of the major exponents of this distinction, the Left believes in attempting to eradicate social inequality, while the Right regards most social inequality as the result of ineradicable natural inequalities, and sees attempts to enforce social equality as utopian or authoritarian.^ Sorry broseph but all socialism requires a central governing agency to ensure equality and enforce it in communist countries.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It took courage for Johnson to sign the Equal Rights Amendment It took courage to pass the S.S. bill, when not ONE Repulican voted for it...any substantive social policy (for the people) took the courage of the Democrats .
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^ One of my initial points was that most governments are a mix of freedom and socialism.
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Some ideologies, notably Christian Democracy, claim to combine left and right wing politics; according to Geoffrey K. Roberts and Patricia Hogwood, "In terms of ideology, Christian Democracy has incorporated many of the views held by liberals, conservatives and socialists within a wider framework of moral and Christian principles."[19] Movements which claim or formerly claimed to be above the left-right divide include Fascist Third-position economic politics in Italy, Gaullism in France, Peronism in Argentina, and National Action Politics in Mexico.

Authoritarian-libertarian politics

.Authoritarianism and libertarianism refer to the amount of individual freedom each person possesses in that society relative to the state.^ We support development of representative government, parlimentary institutions, reduction in the arbitrary power of the state and protection of the civil freedoms of the individual.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ We believe freedom is the ultimate goal and the individual is the ultimate entity of society.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ For example, on personal freedom issues such as homosexual behavior, use of illicit drugs, or euthanasia, one with a liberal ideology would seek that the individual, NOT THE STATE, should be the one to make the decision.
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.One author describes authoritarian political systems as those where "individual rights and goals are subjugated to group goals, expectations and conformities",[20] while libertarians generally oppose the state and hold the individual and his property as sovereign.^ The basic conflict in Africa is between the proponents of two different political systems: state government, which is authoritarian, and tribal government, which is libertarian.
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^ It has been said that living in a stateless society does not make one a libertarian; that the Africans would establish states if only they had the skills.
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^ Socialism refers to a broad array of doctrines or political movements that envisage a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to government control.
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.In their purest form, libertarians are anarchists, who argue for the total abolition of the state, while the purest authoritarians are totalitarians who support state control over all aspects of society.^ One can find such countries only on the African continent, especially below the Sahara, where almost all of the 45 states face hostile, libertarian populations.
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^ The basic conflict in Africa is between the proponents of two different political systems: state government, which is authoritarian, and tribal government, which is libertarian.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Republicans who control the government of the United States of America, by their words and actions, represent none of these ideas.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.For instance, classical liberalism (also known as laissez-faire liberalism,[21] or, in much of the world, simply liberalism) is a doctrine stressing individual freedom and limited government.^ The fact is, we will NEVER get rid of the deficit as long as there are no limits on how much the Government can spend.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Truly the government should be involved in upholding the freedom's individuals so that they can protect their own children.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ From wiki: “Liberalism refers to a broad array of related ideas and theories of government that consider individual liberty to be the most important political goal.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

.This includes the importance of human rationality, individual property rights, free markets, natural rights, the protection of civil liberties, constitutional limitation of government, and individual freedom from restraint as exemplified in the writings of John Locke, Adam Smith, David Hume, David Ricardo, Voltaire, Montesquieu and others.^ The rights of the individual to persue their life free of Government interference.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Power of Government vs Individual Rights .
  • Politics Research Papers - Direct Essays 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.directessays.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ POLI 371 Civil Rights and Liberties .
  • PHIL 265 Social/Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.fredonia.edu [Source type: Academic]

According to the libertarian Institute for Humane Studies, "the libertarian, or 'classical liberal,' perspective is that individual well-being, prosperity, and social harmony are fostered by 'as much liberty as possible' and 'as little government as necessary.'"[22]

World Politics

The 20th century witnessed the outcome of two world wars and not only the rise and fall of the Third Reich but also the rise and fall of communism. .The development of the Atomic bomb gave the United States the victory in World War II.^ The problem with your view is that it completely ignores that the rest of the developed world has a well developed welfare state and yet is not failing.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The poor in the United States enjoy the highest standard of living anywhere in the world due to a capitalist form of government.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In foreign policy, the Democratic Party recognizes and embraces the United States' position of leadership in the world but recognizes that we are all in this together.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.Later, the development of the Hydrogen bomb became the ultimate weapon of mass destruction.^ First he was the man who "guaranteed" there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ That's when the thrust changed, and the invasion suddenly became about weapons of mass destruction."
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Weapons of Mass Destruction .
  • Politics Research Papers - Direct Essays 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.directessays.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The United Nations has served as a forum for peace in a world threatened by nuclear war.^ Imagine what would happen if the nations of the world spent as much on development as on building machines of war.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ No Time for War: A Call for Peace Amid Rising Nuclear Tensions between Pakistan and India .
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

."The invention of nuclear and space weapons has made war unacceptable as an instrument for achieving political ends."^ We believe that government creates the public space in which the market can operate and should ensure that market decisions are made for economic and not political reasons.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ World made safe for differences : cold war intellectuals and the politics of identity / Christopher Shannon.

[23] .Although an all-out final nuclear holocaust is out of the question for man, "nuclear blackmail" comes into question not only on the issue of world peace but also on the issue of national sovereignty.^ I urge all that still love America and wish for her to return to her rightful place among the humanitarian nations of the world to contact their Senators.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ This is because the only practical means of developing breakthroughs in stem cell research into treatments is through the use of somatic cell nuclear transfer.
  • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I urge all of us to watch out for this name in the coming years.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

[24] On a Sunday in 1962, the world stood still at the brink of nuclear war during the October Cuban missile crisis from the implementation of U.S. vs U.S.S.R. nuclear blackmail policy.
.Former President Ronald Reagan was horrified by nuclear weapons and believed in the probable existence of life on other planets.^ In a Landmark Case, Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada Gets Life in Prison on Corruption Charges .
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.For the President, the fantasy of an invasion from outer space that would force the nations of the world to unite against a common enemy was strong enough to convince anyone that mankind could unite in a common interest such as world peace.^ Imagine what would happen if the nations of the world spent as much on development as on building machines of war.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It wouldn't take a Charles Dickens to create a narrative that would convince the public that a change in course is not only necessary, but essential to the security of this nation.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I would just warn against using any of the worlds in a general sense.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

.At their first meeting in Geneva in 1985, president Reagan brought up the subject of an invasion from outer space to Gorbachev.^ One of the first times I ever saw my mother cry was the night Reagan was elected president.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ President Obama will take his first European trip since the presidential campaign to meet NATO’s twenty-six members.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

General Powell was convinced Reagan peace proposal to Gorbachev was inspired by the 1951 science-fiction film, The Day the Earth Stood Still. On September 21, 1987, Reagan told the General Assembly of the United Nations: "...I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world."[25]

See also

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References

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  2. ^ Politics (definition)@Everything2.com
  3. ^ Definition of politics from "The Free Dictionary"
  4. ^ Jenks, Edward (1900). A history of politics. J.M. Dent & Co.. pp. 6–15. http://books.google.com/books?id=Z3gCAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA1&dq=politics+history#v=onepage&q=&f=false. "In spite of the constantly increasing intercourse..." 
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  6. ^ Jenks, Edward. A history of politics. pp. 16–72. "We now approach the consideration of the secong stage of social development..." 
  7. ^ Jenks, Edward. A history of politics. pp. 73–96. "The origin of the State, or Political Society, is to be found in the development of the art of military warfare." 
  8. ^ Jenks, Edward. A history of politics. pp. 97–111. "No political institution is of greater importance, none has been the subject of greater controversy, than the institution of property." 
  9. ^ cite book |last=Jenks |first=Edward |title=A history of politics |pages=112-124 |quote=We are so accustomed to look upon the administration of justice as an inevitable duty of the State...
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  11. ^ Jenks, Edward. A history of politics. pp. 140–150. "We come now to the last, and by far the most difficult department of State activity." 
  12. ^ Jenks, Edward (1900). A history of politics. J. M. Dent & Co.. pp. 1–164. http://books.google.com/books?id=Z3gCAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA1&dq=politics+history#v=onepage&q=&f=false. 
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  25. ^ Cannon, Lou (2000). President Reagan: the role of a lifetime. Public Affairs. pp. 40–43. ISBN 1891620911. http://books.google.com/books?id=vkUbP1G1hmkC&pg=PA42&dq=Reagan+people+from+outer+space#v=onepage&q=Reagan%20people%20from%20outer%20space&f=false. "Reagan also believed in the probability of life on other planets" 

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Anarchism

Main article: Anarchism
  • La propriété, c'est le vol!
  • Translated: Property is theft!
    • Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, What is Property? (1840), Ch. I: "Method Pursued in this Work. The Idea of a Revolution". Alternately translated as "Property is robbery!"

Anti-nationalism

  • As a woman I have no country. As a woman, I want no country.
    • Virginia Woolf (1966) [1938]. Three Guineas. New York: Harcourt, Brace. p. 80. .ISBN 0-156-90177-3.  
  • Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind.^ Our education system is getting worse and worse, yet we spend more per child than any almost other country in the world.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ America needs to put up a wall to keep people OUT. That tells me all I need to know about this country and our form of Government.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This can be mitigated to some extent if you have proportional representation and limits on the power of corporations but our country has neither and we all suffer the consequences.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    .We love the land of our nativity, only as we love all other lands.^ Doing X will have two kinds of effects: effects which depend on our sand pile being larger than some other group's sand pile, and effects which will only occur if I personally do X. .

    ^ They don’t care or hear our cry; they only throw tear gas on us, beat us, and drive us out of our land.” .
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It’s the Left & the Left only who believe they know what’s best for everyone and that Big Brother can solve all of our problems, which, as we all know leads to tyranny.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

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Art

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  • If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.^ They want to put issues on the table that don’t have an interest group behind them - like Lieberman’s support for the bankruptcy bill -- because they are part of a broader vision.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

Bipartisanship, patriotism, and unity

Main article: patriotism
  • America will never be destroyed from the outside. .If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.^ We must admit this to ourselves and take back our freedoms.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ America is the most successful economy because ours is the least mixed between socialsim and freedom.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If we lose in November, it won't be because of the wording of our doggone message.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ President Abraham Lincoln
  • Patriotism is in political life what faith is in religion. ~ Lord Acton Dalberg in 'Nationality', in The Home and Foreign Review (July 1862)
  • Republicans are nothing more than Democrats with poor judgment.^ It is nothing more than a redistribution of wealth.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Fascism is, after all, nothing more than another “big governement”.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nothing more than an excuse to *whine* about liberals, avoid any real responsibility your side has in creating the problems of the world, and avoiding reality.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

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  • I'll show you politics in America.^ It's what makes America great, whatever political sheen you may want to give it.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You are a strong political writer, but sometimes showing you are just a person like anyone else will make others ears open to your voice.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    Here it is, right here. ."I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs."^ So here is my “generalized” pitch, often I think that Right-Wingers feel that the Left-Wingers want to “take something away from them” whereas the Left-Wingers feel as if something already has been taken away.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And because of people who were willing to point out the holes in the dangerous belief systems of the non-thinking right, I became a liberal.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ."I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking."^ I don't think it IS evidence because a lot more went into it than that, in my opinion.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ So here is my “generalized” pitch, often I think that Right-Wingers feel that the Left-Wingers want to “take something away from them” whereas the Left-Wingers feel as if something already has been taken away.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And here I am thinking of folks like Craig Walton (UNLV) and Louis Pojman (both of whom have left this mortal realm) as well as Maurice Finnochiaro (UNLV).

    ."Hey, wait a minute, there's one guy holding out both puppets!"^ Putting people to death no matter what you have to do – falsify evidence, find two people guilty of the same crime, a crime in which there was only one perpetrator, and put both to death.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

  • Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy. .
    • George Bernard Shaw, reported in Norman Thomas et al., eds., The World Tomorrow‎ (1934), p.^ The Democrats were well thrashed when the press reported the ridiculous patronage & perquisite excesses of O'Neill, Foley, Mansfield, et al.
      • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • Right wing (definition): As with the left wing, half the propulsive force of a flightless bird.^ Democratic Party has no LEADER , no LEADERSHIP , and hence, no DIRECTION - all we have is a half-dozen left-right-centrists going six different directions - get together dammit!
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Left-wing and Right-wing, coming together in agreement.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .Richard Summerbell, Abnormally Happy (1985)
  • You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality.^ You're just spouting libertarian ideological nonsense without the slightest grounding in reality, and you don't care.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If you think helping is wrong, you’ve probably never really needed help, but it’s not because you’re so hard working; it IS because you’re lucky.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You guys really are blind to who your ideological bedfellows are aren’t you.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.^ So the librarian got fired by the supervisor, who also got pretty pushy with the police, telling them in a phone call to call off their investigation, because the police have "no business interfering" with library matters.

    ^ Don't get me wrong, I think it is a great idea, but no one is saying how they would pay for it.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ No matter how bad an idea they were, the people who support them believe that all they need is a little more of MY money to make it work!
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .Malcolm X
  • Why is it the Mongols of this world always tell us they're defending us against the Mongols?^ The trouble with liberals and neo-socialists like you is that you are always ready with a reason why people can’t help themselves, instead of finding ways to show them that they can!
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ That's why they could claim with a straight face that John Kerry was an elitist while Chimpy wasn't -- in the sense they use the word, they're right.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ What that tells us is that very large numbers of people pay little attention to politics and know very little about what is going on, or why politics matters to them.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Edward Whittemore, Nile Shadows (1983)

Business and economy

  • Aristocracy and exclusiveness tend to final overthrow, in language as in politics.
    • W. D. Whitney, Language and the Study of Language: Twelve Lectures on the Principles of Linguistic Science (1868), p. 150.
  • Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.
    • Attributed to William F. Buckley, Jr. by Jonathon Green, The Cynics' Lexicon: A Dictionary of Amoral Advice (1984) , p. 34
  • Political institutions are a superstructure resting on an economic foundation.
    • Nikolai Lenin, The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism (1913), p. 5.

Corruption

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  • An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.^ When I am voting for a good politician - not a perfect politician, but one who at least minimally does not support the murder of the innocent - that is a good thing.

    .
    • Attributed to Simon Cameron by Allen Johnson, Chronicles of America Series, Yale University Press, 1918. (Cameron was forced to resign as United States Secretary of War in 1862, due to allegations of corruption.^ He’s correct, Liberalism is the major corrupting force in the United States.
      • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

      ^ The poor in the United States enjoy the highest standard of living anywhere in the world due to a capitalist form of government.
      • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ He has been pPesident of the Society of Christian Ethics, the largest association of religious ethicists in the world, and Secretary of the American Academy of Religion, the professional association of educators in religion in the United States.
      • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

      )
  • People say I steal. Well, all politicians steal. ~ Huey P. Long
  • POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. ~ Ambrose Bierce in The Devil's Dictionary
  • POLITICS, n. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. ~ Ambrose Bierce in The Devil's Dictionary
  • All power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. .
    • Lord Acton, letter to Mandell Creighton, April 1887. Reprinted in John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, Essays on Freedom and Power, 1949, Boston:The Becon Press, p.^ I sat among delegates and the press listening to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Bill Richardson, and Denis Kucinich appeal for support.
      • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ April 9th, 2007 Obama Pulls Out of Fox-Sponsored Debate Barack Obama has followed John Edwards lead and pulled out of the Fox Democratic debates.
      • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • A thief is more moral than a congressman; when a thief steals your money, he doesn't demand you thank him.^ MORE than just a matter of your frigidity?
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ If you want to pay more taxes, please feel free to send the government more of YOUR money.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Dear Prof. Colby – Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the great unwashed.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ~ Walter Williams

Democracy

Main article: Democracy
  • In Switzerland, 500 years of democracy and peace. And what does it produce? The cuckoo clock. ~ Graham Greene, The Third Man
  • Socialism needs democracy like the human body needs oxygen. ~ Leon Trotsky
  • Democracy is more dangerous than fire. Fire can't vote itself immune to water. ~ .Michael Z. Williamson
  • Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.^ People not upset with election candidates or issues, just early start .
    • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Age May Be Issue in Presidential General Election with Two of Oldest Candidates .
    • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

    • Gore Vidal, "Gods and Greens" (1989), in A View from the Diner's Club (1991)
  • Because democracy is not a spectator sport. ~ .US presidential election slogan, Democrats (2004)
  • Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.^ I submit that they know, but do not want to say.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Every “Minority” group is out there trying to out-whine the others, so they can force the rest of us to give them what they want, regardless of how WE are affected by their demands.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And how do you know that the ‘people of California’ want a marriage to only be between a man and a woman?
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • The 20th century has been characterised by three developments of great political importance.^ In an election year such as 2007, they are also of great political importance.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Really, the true, reasoned, early 20th century American liberal brought about great progressive change in American society.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power; and the growth of corporate propaganda against democracy.^ We believe that democracy requires limits on institutional power, whether that of the government, the church, or the corporation.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We should reclaim the right and the power to pass laws that protect our interests against the corporate-military behemoth.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nobody here is talking about the real disease.....PROPAGANDA PROPPING UP THE CORPORATE STATE AND THE POLITICIANS THAT ARE OWNED BY THEM. Gerbles knew the power of propaganda.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Alex Carey, Taking the Risk out of Democracy, 1997, University of Illinois Press, ch. 2 p. .18
  • The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.^ We are a democracy here in the United States.
    • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The poor in the United States enjoy the highest standard of living anywhere in the world due to a capitalist form of government.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ For The WIP’s first article of the 2008 United States election season, I am dedicating this piece to three of the underrepresented voices in American politics: Women, African Americans, and Latinos.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ~ .Edward Dowling, Editor and Priest, Chicago Daily News (28 July 1941)
  • Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe.^ The poor in the United States enjoy the highest standard of living anywhere in the world due to a capitalist form of government.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The average person in the developing world tries to manage on less than 10 liters of contaminated water to do all their daily chores.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Maher Arar: A Case of Unjustified Government-Sanctioned Torture Continues Into the Present In a New Form .
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise.^ Since politically in the US it all focuses on Washington D.C., there is no one inside the beltway able to really insulate themselves from this form of information processing.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ To me the answer to that is obvious enough: the democracy is dead wrong, no matter what degree of majoritarian opinion it commands, and ought to be opposed by all patriotic men.

    ^ Plenty of characters on all sides of the political spectrum act in ways that disparage their ideology, no one is pure.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.^ Will there come a time when the government in power will pay visits to those that did not vote for them or worse?
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ All liberals – as well as some adherents of other political ideologies – support some variant of the form of government known as liberal democracy, with open and fair elections, where all citizens have equal rights by law.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I say give Newt and those of his ilk all the free time they want – on FOX, Rush, Hannity and any other Rovian Ministry of Propaganda media outlet that’ll have them.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    .
    • Winston Churchill, Speech in the House of Commons: The Official Report, House of Commons (5th Series), 11 November 1947, vol.^ A top CIA official confesses order to forge Iraq-9/11 letter came on White House stationery , if this is not a smoking gun, I don't know what is!
      • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

      444, cc. .206–07.
  • Votes count, but resources decide ~ Stein Rokkan
  • Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried.^ For women, it’s all about “preserve abortion rights.” There are a couple others, but those are the basic buttons you press to be credentialed as a good liberal Democrat.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ronzo: Yet in so many countries other than America, the government successfully prevents those situations from occurring.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ That is not the case with Barry O, though...he'd get my vote over all others still.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Winston Churchill

Dictatorships, totalitarianism, and tyranny

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  • If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.^ I knew just how long it would take me to get to my .22 rifle in the closet and had thought out the best defensive positions around my house from where to fire.
    • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

    ~ CNN.com, (December 18, 2000) George Bush
  • Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
    • Winston Churchill, letter with unspecified recipient (November 11, 1937), reported in Winston Churchill, Step by Step: 1936-1939‎ (1939), p. 159.
  • The craziest of all political systems, the unique dictatorship, found its earned end. .History will note for eternity that the German people were not able on their own initiative to shake off the yoke of the National Socialists.^ Why should we have to console ourselves by pointing out the (even worse) predicament of any western European socialist nation failing under the weight of its own policies?” .
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And from the universal perspective, favoring one's own nation or people is certainly an offensive against equality.

    .The victory of the Americans, English and Russians was a necessary occurrence to disrupt the National Socialists’ delusions and plans for world domination.^ They can’t help but witness how the dominant nation in the world is acting out on the world stage.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    .
  • I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how.^ It’s necessary for me to be heard and have my vote counted.” – Dorie Kurtz, 22 .
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ As far as I'm concerned, there are already enough voters who believe in the Democratic party who would vote for us if we simply ensured that the elections would be fair.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ No matter how bad an idea they were, the people who support them believe that all they need is a little more of MY money to make it work!
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Russian: Я считаю, что совершенно неважно, кто и как будет в партии голосовать; но вот что чрезвычайно важно, это - кто и как будет считать голоса.
    • Joseph Stalin, 1923, as quoted in The Memoirs of Stalin's Former Secretary (1992) by Boris Bazhanov [Saint Petersburg] (Борис Бажанов. Воспоминания бывшего секретаря Сталина). .(Text online in Russian).
    • Common paraphrase: "The people who cast the votes decide nothing.^ Suppose I were to suggest that people who do not live in swing states do not have a proportionate reason to vote for McCain/Palin.

      ^ Other Members who wish to cast or change their vote?
      • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ By a majority vote, we elect representitives, who are SUPPOSED to do the will of the people who elected them.
      • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

      .The people who count the votes decide everything."
  • There is only one difference between dictatorship and democracy.^ There is a big difference between Liberalism and liberalism.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is, however, a difference between the examples.

    ^ It is a bitter resignation as she realizes that there is not much difference between the Democrats and the Republicans.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    .In democracy, you vote and then take orders; in dictatorship you don't waste time voting.^ Take the time to tell them what you think about them giving your rights away and allowing our criminal AG to decide what is reasonable and appropriate.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ My lawyer said it would be a waste of time and money to take him to court.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Plese take the following as constructive criticism: EVERY retort you offered has been said here by someone at different times.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ~ Charles Bukowski
  • Wherever you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship. .
    • President Harry S Truman, lecture at Columbia University (April 28, 1959).
  • What good fortune for governments that the people do not think ~ Adolf Hitler
  • Communism was a great system for making people equally poor.^ Who do you people think the government is.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I think we have a story, government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They are sweet, kind, sensitive people who often think the government should solve major problems – they will continue thinking about the problems.” .
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    .In fact, there was no better system in the world for that than communism.^ Berlusconi was no better than a pirate, delivering the spoils of the state to cronies and BushCo is even worse.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In fact, I probably, upon reflection, detest them even more than mere income taxes, for there is something more perverse about them.

    ^ No better example is available than the New York Times' decision to endorse Lamont.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    -The .World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman.
  • "Many of our moral and political policies are designed to preempt what we know to be the worst features of human nature.^ I think that many of our military actions these days are politically motivated and have nothing to do with protecting our nation.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But an embryo, as far as I'm concerned, as far as many religions are concerned, is not a human being, and I have no moral compunction about killing that embryo for therapeutic or experimental purposes at all.
    • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Not political expediency, but appeal to deep, fundamental reasons why our policy proposals are better than the republicans.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    .The checks and balances in a democracy, for instance, were invented in explicit recognition of the fact that human leaders will always be tempted to arrogate power to themselves.^ Bush cannot come to power in an America with its checks and balances properly in place.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We are a government of checks and balances to prevent the concentration of power that Dubya and Cheney have been exercising the last 6 years.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Democracy -- Checks and Balances .
    • Politics Research Papers - Direct Essays 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.directessays.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Likewise, our sensitivity to racism comes from an awareness that groups of humans, left to their own devices, are apt to discriminate and oppress other groups, often in ugly ways.^ Like any other human group, many are noble, many are not.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ However, though I welcome Obama's attention to our reputation as a country by addressing the torture issue, he comes up short on many other issues that really matter.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is shameful that Bush continues to prosecute his war and is asking for even more money while our own children are being left behind by the offspring of other developed nations.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    .History also tells us that a desire to enforce dogma and suppress heretics is a recurring human weakness, one that has led to recurring waves of gruesome oppression and violence.^ Later that night, on the 9pm news, he would reappear to tell us how he was the person to rescue the country from the clutches of the one he seized power from.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .A recognition that there is a bit of Torquemada in everyone should make us wary of any attempt to enforce a consensus or demonize those who challenge it."^ We believe in FDR’s principles of a government’s role, in that it should exist to help those who need it.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ ONLY weapon they have left against those of us who would tear down their political gods… .
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Issues, which in other democracies are settled by compromise or consensus, the Republicans will play up the differences, demonize the other side of the debate, and insist there can be no common ground.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ~ What is Your Dangerous Idea? (2007) ed., John Brockman, "Introduction," Steven Pinker, p. xxxi.
  • .
  • Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.^ First we need to make sure our military has backup Internet capacity in as many different forms as possible.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Protecting as far as possible, every member of society from the injustice or oppressions of every other member of it and establishing an exact administration of justice.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • Ankh-Morpork had dallied with many forms of government and had ended up with that form of democracy known as One Man, One Vote.^ Specifically, voters have complained of "vote flipping," where they vote for one candidate or party, but another shows up on the review screen.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Also, many of those that are not getting TV on a wire will just live without TV now, because it is looking like the government will not be coming up with those coupons.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The whole notion of defining a term, and then using that definition to beat up people who don’t agree with one’s point of view is a weird form of dialectic.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    The Patrician was the Man; he had the Vote.
    • Discworld politics explained (Terry Pratchett, Mort)

Equality, freedom, liberty, and rights

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  • All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.^ Or at least 53 percent of them made that choice; the other 47 percent are bitterly disappointed and more than a little scared.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ These Kurds betrayed by the US more than once in their battles with Bagdhad might have seen an opportunity to get Saddam overthrown once and for all.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Other things equal, it is better to live in a good polity without the right to vote than it is to live in a tyrannical, decadent polity with the right to vote.

  • As soon as men live entirely in accord with the law of love natural to their hearts and now revealed to them, which excludes all resistance by violence, and therefore hold aloof from all participation in violence — as soon as this happens, not only will hundreds be unable to enslave millions, but not even millions will be able to enslave a single individual.^ A law of nature can be recognized by resisting it, or out-manoeuvring it, or even using it against itself, as in the case of the arch.

    ^ For (then as now) naturalism is not an empirical or scientific thesis at all, but a purely philosophical one.

    ^ But, on the contrary, in accordance with the teachings of the Gospel, the equality of men consists in this: that all, having inherited the same nature, are called to the same most high dignity of the sons of God, and that, as one and the same end is set before all, each one is to be judged by the same law and will receive punishment or reward according to his deserts.

  • Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting that vote.
    • Author unknown; reported in William F. Shughart, Robert D. Tollison, Policy Challenges and Political Responses (2005), p. .130 (noting that the quote is frequently attributed to Benjamin Franklin, but is anachronistic in that it contains the phrase "to have for lunch", a usage which does not appear until the 1840s).
  • Liberty is not a means to a higher political end.^ Suffice to say that although it isn't necessary for the use of the term to result in the banishment of substantive meaning from our politics, in practice it most often does have the effect of banishing meaning from our politics.

    It is itself the highest political end.
    • Lord Acton, "Freedom in Antiquity", in The History of Freedom and Other Essays: And Other Essays‎ (1907), p. .22.
  • To refuse political equality is to rob the ostracized of all self-respect.^ We are all equal members, we treat eachother with respect and concern, if someone is not doing well, we are all willing to pitch in to help.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, reported in Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Correspondence, Writings, Speeches (1981), p. 249.
  • Self government is preferable to good government.
    • Author unknown; variously reported as an old maxim or slogan, as reported in East Africa and Rhodesia‎ (1960), p. 1087, and Douglas Jay, Socialism in the New Society‎ (1962), p. 104; and attributed to authors such as Campbell Bannerman, reported in William White, Notes and Queries‎ (1942), p. 138; Alfred Milner, reported in Vernon McKenzie, Here Lies Goebbels! (1940), p. 184.

Government bureaucracy

  • Bureaucracy expands to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy. .
  • Politics is the art of postponing decisions until they are no longer relevant.^ If any large institution (e.g., a government, a political party) has no plan, they founder on the shoals of confusion and contradiction.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ For Americans on this Day After, it is clear they no longer buy into the politician's song and dance about protecting us.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They call me a witch just because I am old and no longer pretty,” worries Kasito.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    • Henri Queuille, The Bureaucrat (1985)

Liberalism

  • Liberalism is the transformation of mankind into cattle. ~ .Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Liberalism is part of a religious disorder that demands a belief that life is controllable.^ Permalink I'm missing the part where replacing Lieberman with a more liberal Senator "facilitates a continuance of republican control in congress".
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Ann Coulter in How to Talk to a Liberal if You Must (2004)

Men and women

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  • It will be years — not in my time — before a woman will become Prime Minister.^ Jim, I call myself a liberal, but wait until you hear of my experiences that caused me to become this way before you chastise me too severely.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ John McCain is the one constant in my life, elected for the first time the year that I was born.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ~ Margaret Thatcher (1974)

Politics, laws of politics

  • In politics, you have your word and your friends; go back on either and you're dead.^ Your teacher laughed at you because you’re a laughable, pathetic little excuse for a person.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I’ll check back later to read your “clever” criticism…Who knows – you might shock me for once and not leap to your predictable conclusions!
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ If you want to know why there is a disparity, go to your local fast-food restaurant and order a hamburger with other than the normal configuration.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .Morton C. Blackwell in Laws of Politics
  • In volunteer politics, a builder can build faster than a destroyer can destroy.^ This is the stuff that causes political dreams in America to dissolve even faster than the seismic destruction unleashed by the subprime mortgage crisis and the economic recession that has followed it.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ~ Morton C. Blackwell in Laws of Politics
  • Moral outrage is the most powerful motivating force in politics. ~ Morton C. Blackwell in Laws of Politics
  • A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils. ~ Daniel Webster
  • A leader has to lead, or otherwise he has no business in politics.
  • Harry Truman, reported in Merle Miller, Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman‎ (1974), p. .422.
  • We will stand by our friends and administer a stinging rebuke to men or parties who are either indifferent, negligent, or hostile, and, wherever opportunity affords, to secure the election of intelligent, honest, earnest trade unionists, with clear, unblemished, paid-up union cards in their possession.^ We can all stand behind opportunity and hope, if that is our unifying message.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Democrat deity, JFK, had no problem standing up to our enemies.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ OK, where are the Dem candidates who want to stand up and run on a platform that has weight and carries the potential to fundamentally change our broken and hobbled system?
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Samuel Gompers, "Men of Labor! .Be Up and Doing" (editorial), American Federationist (May 1906)
  • All growth, including political growth, is the result of risk-taking.^ While all political philosophies “market” their policies with genuine and disingenuous obsequious sales presentations, it takes quite a bit of examination to discover truth.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ May 31st, 2007 ACLU Sues Boeing Company for Assisting CIA Torture Flights All actions of the American government are in our names.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They came out saying that both the Clinton and Bush administrations had been using the court for political ends and that Americans needed to wake up.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .Jude Wanniski in The Wall Street Journal.
  • All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.^ Create your own political party .
    • Politics Research Papers - Direct Essays 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.directessays.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Support for and of Main Street small businesses over Wall Street and multinational conglomerate monopolies and their political manipulations.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ October 1st, 2008 Senate Wants to Bailout Wall Street Yes, all those millionaires in the Senate want to bailout their buddies on Wall Street.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Dr. John Arbuthnot as quoted in Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations (1922)
  • All politics are based on the indifference of the majority. ~ James Reston
  • Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics.^ We must resist the half-conscious urge to make feelings and feints, interpretations and intimations, more important than the behaviors that call them into 'being.'

    ^ And more often than not, it’s blogs (like this one) where twenty-first century conservatives are exercising reason in politics.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Such a man would be more a Jacobin than a paleoconservative, and the two admit of no admixture.

    ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan in The Duenna. Act ii. Sc. 4.
  • Don't follow leaders, watch your parkin' meters.^ However, time would show our new leader repeating exactly what he accused his predecessor of doing, many times to an even higher degree.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Take the time to tell them what you think about them giving your rights away and allowing our criminal AG to decide what is reasonable and appropriate.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ March 1st, 2007 Canadians Return to the Rule of Law Following the hysteria of 9/11, Canada passed laws similar to our Patriot Act.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.^ We pick up his 'general history of their struggle' on the cusp of the transition to modernity: One major task of the Enlightenment, among others, was to free politics from the fetters of religion.

    ^ They came out saying that both the Clinton and Bush administrations had been using the court for political ends and that Americans needed to wake up.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He also said that he was moving away from politics until Clinton called him up.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Envy is the cause of political division. ~ Democritus
  • Finality is not the language of politics. .
  • Good politics are often inextricably intertwined.^ I see this as being quite close to "common good" that we often hear these days (Dean resurrected that in his 2004 campaign; wasn't it originally coined by Paine?
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ (Democracy, concern for each member of society, the idea the political power ought to be distributed so that it works for the common good ...
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I posted my personal political philosophy (first articulation thereof) here: Common Sense/Common Good Progressive Framework .
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Morris Udall
  • I have no faith in political arithmetic. ~ Adam Smith in Wealth of Nations
  • The key to understanding the American system is to imagine that you have the power to make nearly any law you want.^ I’m a scumbag because I don’t want to pay 70% of my taxes to fund a health care system that doesn’t work, like you do?
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It's what makes America great, whatever political sheen you may want to give it.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The capitalism that you decry has created wealth for all Americans beyond the imaginations of the rest of the world.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    .But your worst enemy will be the one to enforce it.^ By the way, if you want to be honest about your list of “Worst Presidents”, number one on your list should be Jimmy Carter.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .Rick Cook
  • Man is by nature a political animal.^ Nature is not separate from us; we are natural creatures (special ones - political animals - but animals nonetheless).

    .
  • The most important political office is that of private citizen.^ From wiki: “Liberalism refers to a broad array of related ideas and theories of government that consider individual liberty to be the most important political goal.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Senior Citizens Most Adamant That Churches Should Not Make Political Endorsements .
    • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Senior Citizens Turn to Local TV for Political News; Most Americans Distrust Media .
    • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

    ~ .Louis Dembitz Brandeis American Supreme Court Justice
  • No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.^ They came out saying that both the Clinton and Bush administrations had been using the court for political ends and that Americans needed to wake up.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If you would care to defend Alito and his worthiness or acceptability for the position of Supreme Court Justice...
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ My great, great, great grand daddy was the first Texas Supreme Court Justice.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ~ Vladimir Lenin (1917)
  • Campaign promises are—by long democratic tradition—the least binding form of human commitment.^ The problem facing the Democratic party is that socialism doesn't work, at least in any form attempted thus far.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ One of the most prominent issues for the Democratic candidates has been healthcare reform, a campaign promise the American people definitely won’t let the new president forget.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ (John Kenneth Galbraith) -- .
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

  • Politics and Religion are obsolete.^ We pick up his 'general history of their struggle' on the cusp of the transition to modernity: One major task of the Enlightenment, among others, was to free politics from the fetters of religion.

    The time has come for Science and Spirituality. .
    • Often quoted by Arthur C. Clarke as one of his favorite remarks of Jawaharlal Nehru, though some of his earliest citations of it, in Voices from the Sky : Previews of the Coming Space Age (1967), p.^ One of my favorite quotes is “..
      • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

      .154 indicate that Nehru may himself been either quoting or paraphrasing a statement of Vinoba Bhave.
  • Politics is a concentric series of conspiracies in which the last party to conspire emerges victorious ~ George Obiozor
  • Die Politik is keine exakte Wissenschaft.
    • Politics is not an exact science.
    • Otto von Bismarck, speech to Prussian upper house (18 December 1863)
    • Variant: Die Politik is keine Wissenschaft, wie viele der Herren Proffessoren sieh einbilden, sondern eine Kunst.
      • Politics is not a science, as the professors are apt to suppose.^ This heightened focus on political philosophy reminded me of an exercise Markos presented to us last year, a challenge to formulate an "elevator pitch" for the Democratic party.
        • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

        ^ Domenici may find himself in serious hot water.
        • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

        ^ No advance notice was provided to indicate the president may address changes in either Social Security of Medicare.
        • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

        .It is an art.
      • Expression in the Reichstag (1884), as quoted in The Quote Verifier : Who Said What, Where, and When (2006) by Ralph Keyes.
  • Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.^ We need only look at the example of Straussians who spend entire careers twisting and distorting every great political thinker from Plato to Jefferson.

    ~ .Groucho Marx
  • Politics is the art of putting people under obligation to you.^ What are you going to do when the government can’t meet its obligations even by confiscating 100% of rich people’s earnings?
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Modern people like to think politically almost exclusively in terms of rights as opposed to obligations .

    ^ "The moment the people stop supporting you, that's the moment you should quit politics."
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ~ .Jacob L. Arvey (1990?)
  • Die Politic ist die Lehre von Möglichen.
    • Politics is the art of the possible.
    • Otto von Bismarck, remark to Meyer von Waldeck, 11 August 1867. Quoted in Heinz Amelung, Bismarck-Worte, 1918; as reported in The Yale Book of Quotations, Yale University Press, 2006. This is widely attributed to Bismarck but there is no firsthand account of his exact words, as discussed in Ralph Keyes, The Quote Verifier, Macmillan, 2006.
  • Politics is not the art of the possible.^ Herb Kohl (D-Wis) held a hearing yesterday but few knew, since there was no press release from the committee.
    • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

    ^ That being said, there are still obvious observations that we can make to attribute specific ideas to specific political ideologies.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He may have thought politically in the state of Connecticut in 1988, and possibly in 1994, but there is no question that he phoned in his run for reelection as Senator in 2000.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. .
  • Politics is, as it were, the gizzard of society, full of grit and gravel, and the two political parties are its two opposite halves,—sometimes split into quarters, it may be, which grind on each other.^ They also arrested two other MDC officials, Ian Makone, the party’s Secretary for Elections, and Dennis Murira, Director of Elections.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ LETTER: The full letter from The Rt Rev Richard Chartres to Rev Martin Dudley following Dudley's marriage of two gay priests .
    • Keanu Reeves Hub | Keanu Reeves Gay Blog Report | Towleroad, News Daily for Gay Guys. 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.towleroad.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It splits ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ into a two-axis continuum of ideology which, in my opinion, is much more descriptive than ‘conservative’ or ‘liberal’.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Not only individuals, but States, have thus a confirmed dyspepsia, which expresses itself, you can imagine by what sort of eloquence.^ You say that state socialism is unnecessary because individuals are more efficient and effective at helping the needy, then criticize an individual for helping the most needy.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A standing military is our only defense; without it, none of what you propose matters.” What force in the world could invade the United States that cannot be defeated by the United States military?
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

  • Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen.^ The Citizens of the United States own the Airwaves and lease them to Corporations Via the FCC. Why should our representatives have to spend our money to buy time on our airwaves?
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ So should we divvy up the budget evenly and send every citizen a bill (about $9,000 per capita by the way)?
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The Democratic Party should simply invite Americans to be citizens, in the political rather than the legal sense of the word.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Dwight Eisenhower
  • There is only one thing more useful in politics than having the right friends, and that is having the right enemies.^ Let me add one more thing.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Issues Politics is destroying the one thing that is paramount: Winning in 2006!
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In fact, I probably, upon reflection, detest them even more than mere income taxes, for there is something more perverse about them.

  • Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.^ But politics must be the instrument of man's free and equal will and only man's free and equal will: no God allowed.

    ^ Good, that is, in itself, and independent of the existence, and therefore, purposes, of man.

    ~ .Aristotle
  • Transcend political correctness and strive for human righteousness.^ Framing politics in terms of "rights" makes it seem as though there is a progression toward greater human freedom as more rights are recognized.

    ~ .Anthony D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
  • University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.^ The book wasn’t even reviewed, because newspaper publishers feared political prosecution because the findings in the book were so sensitive.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ~ .Henry Kissinger
  • We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.^ What's Wrong with the World: Political philosophy Archives .

    ~ Martin L. Gross
  • All social cooperation on a larger scale than the most intimate social group requires a measure of coercion.^ On almost all issues dealing with military conflict, the economy and social actions the seniors are the most positive.
    • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Sorry broseph but all socialism requires a central governing agency to ensure equality and enforce it in communist countries.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But, among all age groups, Harris found most Americans dont trust the media.
    • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

    .
    • Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study of Ethics and Politics 1932
  • Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations.^ Yes, I believe there are ample reforms needed, but until that happens it is societies moral responsibility to assist those in need when ever possible.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Of course, the terrible, evil liberals were also, at that very same time, playing up America’s fear of terrorism in order to politically exploit 9/11.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ In truth, it was the Fabian wit, and not merely the Tory fool, who confronted our vision with that venerable verbal opening, "If it were all divided up to-morrow —" .

    .But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern.^ It is only a matter of time before the rest of the broader journalistic and political classes also feel the sting of rejection and isolation as a political sea change hits the nation.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We need less top down approaches to politics, and more connection of our values to the local people.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But somehow "doesn't support the murder of innocents" has come to be equated with perfection in our politics.

    A mathematical equation stands forever. ~ Albert Einstein

Political jokes

  • … that is the nature of politics: poly, meaning more than one, and ticks, meaning blood-sucking parasites.^ Still, I would rather field a moderate candidate and win, than a liberal one (that may be more in tune with my personal beliefs) and lose.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Recommended by: Buffalo Girl But Practical Politics means having the tools and means to communicate to people in ONE district at a time whether it is a school board or a Congressional Race.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Today, in more capitalist societies misery is less than ones where private property and commerce is not protected.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • I don't make jokes. I just watch the Government and report the facts.
  • Politicians are like nappies, they should be changed regularly and for the same reason.^ They are now coming up with a list of reasons to invade Iran, but why should we believe them given their track record on the wars they have already sold us.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The answer for me is they should vote for the Democrats for the same reason I do: because the Republican party is utterly corrupt and systematically destroying the country I love.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The special interests don't want it to happen.They like the politicians once bought to STAY bought.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

  • What do you call a politician displaying his honesty in public? A rare work of art...

Politicians and lawyers

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  • The only way I can lose this election is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy.^ Joe's dead wrong on the Iraq, and he's dead wrong in a way that he can't possibly climb down from this close to the election without looking like more of an idiot than he already does.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Edwin W. Edwards
  • A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground. ~ H.L. Mencken
  • Politician: A bundle of gaseous ambition cleverly packaged as a public servant or a corporate sales manager. ~ Rick Bayan, The Cynic's Dictionary
  • Politics is the entertainment industry for ugly people. ~ .Mark Turpin
  • Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.^ But politics must be the instrument of man's free and equal will and only man's free and equal will: no God allowed.

    ^ And, perhaps most critically for this age of ideological thought, a sense that no singular truth concerning man and the world is the entire truth.

    ~ .Robert Louis Stevenson
  • They [the people] may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.^ Plus you just said that people should earn their money, but then defended CEO entitlement.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It’s amusing that you feel compelled to buy advertising in an attempt to get more people to read this sort of thing.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I am not a CC&R kind of gal but I would not tell other people where they should feel comfortable making their home purchase.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ~ .Carl W. Buechner
  • The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.^ We told them not to waste their time, because we do not even know the right questions to ask.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Winston Churchill

Power and money

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  • Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you really want to test his character, give him power.^ You are basically criticizing the reality of power, not Clinton himself.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It's what makes America great, whatever political sheen you may want to give it.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Do you want to really do something about abortions , or do you simply want to be against them?
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .Abraham Lincoln
  • In public policy, it matters less who has the best arguments and more who gets heard — and by whom.^ She told a story about a constituent who needed a high chair for her baby, and (after the high chair was provided) was able to feed the baby more easily and eventually get a job and get off of public assistance.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ While his conception of representative politics encompasses such entities as global trade unions, this is, more or less, the upshot of Jeff Faux's policy programme for a globalist democracy.

    ~ .Ralph Reed, head of Christian Coalition, in memo to Enron executives, (2000)
  • Talking to politicians is fine, but with a little money they hear you better.^ This is a terrible abuse of power and had they not ben raiding the house of a government official you have to wonder if we would even be hearing about it.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The world is shifting under their feet, and they're a little dazed and confused.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And, before you say, “The Christian Right tries to force morality…”–that’s an entirely different issue–but, they are incorrect as well.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .Justin Dart, chairman, Port Industries (1982)
  • Politics has gotten so expensive that it takes a lot of money to even get beat with.^ I’m not crazy about the Republicans, but atleast it is not a center piece of their charter to pit Americans against each other to empower government by taking even more tax money.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .Will Rogers (1931)
  • There are two things you need for success in politics.^ There IS a defintion for the things you describe.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There are a few basic, obvious things the party needs to do to be successful.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We don't need to worry about a story this year because I have two words for you: gas prices.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    Money and I can't think of the other. ~ .Senator Mark Hannah (R-OH), 1903
  • Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.^ Like her US counterpart, Hillary Clinton, Ms. Kirchner is a prominent senator, and the head of the powerful Constitutional Affairs Committee.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I could not help but believe that Obama just could fight the corporate money interests and the government power brokers in the intelligence community.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, nor from the want of honor or virtue, so much as the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.^ The true nature of much of the Republican right, which has been in charge of America for some time now, is revealing itself.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .John Adams
  • If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks ill deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.^ I think the way to unite the country is to first divide it: fire up the urban and coastal base, win control of the Federal government, and then pursue rural reconstruction.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Although I grew up in the residential compound of my mother’s factory, and all my friends were the children of workers, I dreamt of becoming a journalist.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Sadly, contemporary society is forcing young people to grow up faster and faster – all in the name of honesty.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs. ~ .Thomas Jefferson
  • History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.^ Large businesses often try to control or use big government for their own gain, I think that’s one reason on which we both could agree for limiting the size of government.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Two approaches have been used to control pollution Government mandates and market incentives Suggest how market incentives might be used to deal with a pollution problem in Las Vegas .
    • Politics Research Papers - Direct Essays 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.directessays.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ January 4th, 2007 Koran Owned by Thomas Jefferson Plays Prominent Role The first Muslim in Congress will take the oath of office using the Koran.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .James Madison
  • If congress has the right under the Constitution to issue paper money, it was given them to use themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations.^ If government charters corporations, all of the rights under the Constitution are extended to corporations.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And given Lieberman's propensity for attacking those in the party to the left of him (everyone), how is it that said people don't have the right to fight back and defend themselves by attacking Lieberman?
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ August 22nd, 2007 Spineless Congress Gave Away Your Rights Your invertebrate Congressional representatives gave away your Constitutional rights and then went on vacation.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .Andrew Jackson
  • The main mark of modern governments is that we do not know who governs, de facto any more than de jure.^ I understand the man who believes in the Sea Serpent on the ground that there are more fish in the sea than ever came out of it.

    ^ Fascism is, after all, nothing more than another “big governement”.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Is it my sister who has been on welfare for more than 25 years?
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    .We see the politician and not his backer; still less the backer of the backer; or, what is most important of all, the banker of the backer.^ Most of all I would like to see abolition of “jobs for the boys”.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .J.R.R. Tolkien, in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Throned above all, in a manner without parallel in all past, is the veiled prophet of finance, swaying all men living by a sort of magic, and delivering oracles in a language not understood of the people.^ I remember a lively city where men and women, Afghans and non-Afghans, wearing a variety of ethnic and western outfits, all mingled at the busy outdoor bazaars.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ As the Republican candidates fall all over each other in recent debates to support torture more than their rivals, the American people need to stop living in fear.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .J.R.R. Tolkien, in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Let me issue and control a nation's money, and I care not who writes its laws.^ Seniors Health Care Bill of Rights Issued by Republican National Committee .
    • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

    ^ How many of you know it is time for Democrats to stop letting Republicans set the table on issues of national security, education, and health care?
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1790)

Presidency

  • PRESIDENCY, n. The greased pig in the field game of American politics. ~ Ambrose Bierce in The Devil's Dictionary

Public opinion and polls

  • That mysterious independent variable of political calculation, Public Opinion. ~ .Thomas Huxley in "Universities, Actual & Ideal"
  • If we Americans are split into two meaningful camps, it is not conservative versus liberal.^ It splits ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ into a two-axis continuum of ideology which, in my opinion, is much more descriptive than ‘conservative’ or ‘liberal’.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ To really understand the nature of a ‘liberal’ stance and/or a ‘conservative’ one go to the topic ‘liberalism versus conservatism’ in this forum.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Two objectives are promoting conservative ideals and earning money for your favorite non-profit organization.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    The two camps are the politically awake and the hypnotized. ~ .Doris "Granny D" Haddock
  • In politics, there are things which you do but don't talk about them and things which you talk about but don't do anything.^ You want to talk about slavery?
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Welfare, you want to talk about welfare .
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ There IS a defintion for the things you describe.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Constantine Karamanlis

Public safety, domestic security, and gun control

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  • The streets are safe in Philadelphia — it's only the people who make them unsafe.^ People are ALL different and that is the ONLY thing that makes us the “same”.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ No matter how bad an idea they were, the people who support them believe that all they need is a little more of MY money to make it work!
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It was the same people making similar presentations, with new presenters only adding their voices to similar concerns.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ~ Frank Rizzo, ex-police chief and mayor of Philadelphia
  • Rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. .A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon — so long as there is no answer to it — gives claws to the weak.^ The fact is, we will NEVER get rid of the deficit as long as there are no limits on how much the Government can spend.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You are correct that no country has been free of socialism, but I think there is a strong correlation between the success of a country and it's level of economic freedom.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ OH MAN can they make me any angrier, no I think not…..wait there is alway W and Dick….sigh, they are alway more evil…..
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ~ George Orwell
  • No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms. ~ .Thomas Jefferson: Draft Virginia Constitution (1776)
  • [The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.^ Democrats call that American Constitutional government.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ruled by fear, they are still willing to give up freedom for security and to allow others to be tortured as long as the government says it is to protect Americans.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ These mercenaries being paid by the American government and acting as an arm of our military have almost no constraints on their behavior.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ~ James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46.
  • Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? .Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom.^ The Chinese own so much of our debt they know we cannot even engage in a space arms race.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Sadly, it was mostly for the worse as fear and hate seemed to drive our politics down to the man on the street level.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American. .T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.^ So the government, which would be in bankruptcy if it couldn’t print money, would become everybody’s rich uncle Charley, handing out trust funds without strings attached?
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is controlled by the Will of the “People”… it’s power comes from the manipulation of popular opinion, using legislation to enforce that power, and dismissing opposing views out of hand.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We support development of representative government, parlimentary institutions, reduction in the arbitrary power of the state and protection of the civil freedoms of the individual.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788.
  • The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned. ~ Pennsylvania's Constitution of 1790

Public service

  • If there is anything a public servant hates to do it's something for the public. ~ Anonymous
  • Each generation is responsible to make the future of the next. ~ Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (Speech at the Capitol Visitor Center, 07.12.2008)

The "Masses"

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  • They [governments] talk about the people and the proletariat, I talk about the fools and the suckers.^ They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ This is a terrible abuse of power and had they not ben raiding the house of a government official you have to wonder if we would even be hearing about it.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They are sweet, kind, sensitive people who often think the government should solve major problems – they will continue thinking about the problems.” .
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ~ .Graham Greene, The Third Man
  • The great masses of the people will more easily fall victim to a big lie, than to a small one.^ But, these older voters were more than half 53 percent of the small donors to the John McCain campaign.
    • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Fascism is, after all, nothing more than another “big governement”.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Recommended by: larala , DemocracyLover in NYC , iliketodrum , ebbak , Fury , Nightprowlkitty I got more Things to Believe in one week than in one lifetime before.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Adolf Hitler

Reform

  • Politicians are all the same. They promise reforms then reform their promises. ~ .Leonid S. Sukhorukov, All About Everything (2005)
  • Reason accepts no authority above itself and is necessarily subversive.~ Allan Bloom
  • Reform is not for the shortwinded.^ It’s about the innocents being punished for no crime at all.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Equality" with no modifier at all would mean literal identity: a thing is always equal in this most general sense only to itself, not to anything else.

    ~ .Arthur Vanderbilt, New Jersey Supreme Court Justice (1949)
  • Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.^ If you would care to defend Alito and his worthiness or acceptability for the position of Supreme Court Justice...
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ (Dec 2003) Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ My great, great, great grand daddy was the first Texas Supreme Court Justice.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ~ .President John F. Kennedy
  • You cannot impose ideologies on people who do not embrace it wholeheartedly.^ Who do you people think the government is.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Do you become aggravated when the government sends out checks to people who don’t work?
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Now, let’s go back to President Lincoln, who was a Republican, but if you look at Republican and Democratic presidents back then, their ideals were reversed from what they are today.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Peter F. Hamilton (through character Endron) in The Neutronium Alchemist

Campaign finance reform

  • Today's political campaigns function as collection agencies for broadcasters. You simply transfer money from contributors to television stations. ~ Senator Bill Bradley, 2000
  • We've got a real irony here. .We have politicians selling access to something we all own -our government.^ May 31st, 2007 ACLU Sues Boeing Company for Assisting CIA Torture Flights All actions of the American government are in our names.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ America needs to put up a wall to keep people OUT. That tells me all I need to know about this country and our form of Government.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ February 13th, 2007 Right Wing Punditry Helped Sell This War As Americans we have an obligation to combat our own amnesia.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    .And then we have broadcasters selling access to something we all own — our airwaves.^ February 13th, 2007 Right Wing Punditry Helped Sell This War As Americans we have an obligation to combat our own amnesia.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ That's all we have to give them: belief in something bigger than their own short-term, selfish interest.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The Citizens of the United States own the Airwaves and lease them to Corporations Via the FCC. Why should our representatives have to spend our money to buy time on our airwaves?
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    It's a terrible system. ~ .Newton Minow, former Federal Communications Commission chairman (2000)
  • You're more likely to see Elvis again than to see this bill pass the Senate.^ You seem to see more corruption in trying to get poor people to vote for you than you do in policies which create more poor people.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ You’re simplifying much too far: there’s more to Liberalism and Conservatism than government intervention.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You say you’re anti-abortion, yet there are more abortions now, than there were under the previous president.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ~ .Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (1999) on the McCain-Feingold Bill on Campaign Reform
  • Unless we fundamentally change this system, ultimately campaign finance will consume our democracy.^ Yes,” Gingrich said, offering a rambling, nonsensical response that segued into Don Imus and McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ~ Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) (1996)
  • [Buckley v. .Valeo is] one of the most weakly reasoned, poorly written, initially contradictory court opinions I've ever read.^ It’s too civil, reasonable, and slightly too well written given most of your other posts.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ However, one of the most compelling reasons for me to not join or have family members join is the horrible way we have treated the man in uniform over the years.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Senator (and former federal district court judge) George J. Mitchell (D-ME) (1990)
  • We don't buy votes. What we do is we buy a candidate's stance on an issue. ~ .Allen Pross, executive director, California Medical Association's PAC (1989)
  • Political action committees and moneyed interests are setting the nation's political agenda.^ I think that many of our military actions these days are politically motivated and have nothing to do with protecting our nation.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ For the purposes of political economy, the executive has a higher set of hurdles to clear.

    ^ Media and Politics: Agenda Setting and Framing .
    • Politics Research Papers - Direct Essays 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.directessays.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Are we saying that only the rich have brains in this country? .Or only people who have influential friends who have money can be in the Senate?^ Well, we are finding out now that only about 20% of the people who allegedly died in Mexico of swine flu , actually had swine flu.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The American people are smart enough to figure out who's on their side but only if 'we' tell them.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Vote to take other peoples money away by the mobsters who vote.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) (1988)
  • The day may come when we'll reject the money of the rich as tainted, but it hadn't come when I left Tammany Hall at 11:25 today.^ He may have thought politically in the state of Connecticut in 1988, and possibly in 1994, but there is no question that he phoned in his run for reelection as Senator in 2000.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ By: Ronzo on May 18th, 2008 at 11:25 am .
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ With any luck that rainy day will come in '09 with a Democratic Senate and a Dem in the White House.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ George Washington Plunkett (1905)
  • Who are to be the electors of the federal representatives? .Not the rich, more than the poor, not the haughty heirs of distinguished names, more than the humble sons of obscure and propitious fortune.^ You seem to see more corruption in trying to get poor people to vote for you than you do in policies which create more poor people.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ You say help the poor become more rich, yet under this administration we have increased poverty, and a greater gap between rich and poor.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ~ James Madison, Federalist 57 (1788)

Religion, separation of church and state

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  • Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics.^ And more often than not, it’s blogs (like this one) where twenty-first century conservatives are exercising reason in politics.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ To the indigenous Egi women of Ijaw, it is crucial that more come out of the Abuja summit than political posturing.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ According to Amnesty International, the regime now has more than 1,300 political prisoners, 175 of whom are women according to the Burmese Women Union Report.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ~ .Wendell Phillips
  • Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution.^ If you deal with customers, put yourself in their place and exceed your own expectations.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Conservative: next time you need a helping hand, look to the end of your arm.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Thank you Nancy Pelosi for fulfilling your Constitutional duties.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    .You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.^ Thank you Nancy Pelosi for fulfilling your Constitutional duties.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Conservative: next time you need a helping hand, look to the end of your arm.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I guess in order for you to find a definition for your ideals, you would have to have some in the first place.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .Jamie Raskin, 2006-03-01
    • Raskin was responding to state senator Nancy Jacobs at a hearing on a proposed Maryland constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage [2].^ InconvTruth on Sun Jun 18, 2006 at 01:03:24 PM PST .
      • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Senator Barack Obama has announced his opposition to a California ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriages–a decision that was forced on the citizens of California by the state’s Supreme Court.

      ^ June 5, 2006 As President Bush guides the Congress to turn their attention this week to a possible constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, senior citizens strongly want the focus to be on the war in Iraq and immigration.
      • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

      .At the time, Raskin was himself a candidate for senate.
  • The true destiny of America is religious, not political: it is spiritual, not physical.^ Of course, the terrible, evil liberals were also, at that very same time, playing up America’s fear of terrorism in order to politically exploit 9/11.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ The true nature of much of the Republican right, which has been in charge of America for some time now, is revealing itself.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Can we formulate the comparably powerful counterpoint to the Contract with America - only this time of course, motivated by a true commitment to making the country better for ALL of us?
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Alvin R. Dyer in Ensign (November 1968)

Voting and participation

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  • Decisions are made by those who show up.^ He deserves a common fate of those who speak in disparaging generalities about groups of people they neither know nor understand or about figments of their imagination, made up to “prove” and unprovable point: He deserves to be ignored.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    ^ This model government will then show the way to modernity, particularly to those Somali politicians who will be associated in its management.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ unknown; variously attributed to Woody Allen and Harry S Truman
  • Have you ever seen a candidate talking to a rich person on television? ~ .Art Buchwald,Quotations for our Time by Laurence J. Peter (1977)
  • If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.^ They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They have tossed in some goodies like tax cuts and tax credits to help calm the people and make them want their congressman to vote for it.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In her essay, You Get What You Vote For , she continues the battle for peace in our time.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .Emma Goldman
  • If you don't believe in the resurrection of the dead, look at politicians seeking re-election.^ You're just spouting libertarian ideological nonsense without the slightest grounding in reality, and you don't care.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But the second you start running around claiming that Democrats don't have principles, I've got to wonder if you're not part of the problem instead of the solution.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Statistics don't mean crap when you're ignorant.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .Leonid S. Sukhorukov, All About Everything (2005)
  • It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.^ Everything else falls into place after that.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is all about keeping the family business in the family, as it were.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The democrats should believe government can help all citizens receive health care and education, with a minimumlevel of retirement security.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ Robert H. Jackson, United States Attorney General & Assoc. Justice
  • Things being investigated, knowledge became complete. Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere. Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were rectified. Their hearts being rectified, their persons were cultivated. Their persons being cultivated, their families were regulated. Their families being regulated, their states were rightly governed. .Their states being rightly governed, the whole kingdom was made tranquil and happy.^ Fortunately it blew up in the governments face and they are now struggling to handle all of the claims being made for a refund of the seized assets.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .Confucius
  • Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.^ We all know who to blame.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Who knows, but it is the duty of this Congress to find out why thousands of people, American and otherwise, have been killed and maimed in this costly and tragic military adventure.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I know, you’re going to say that it only affects certain people who make more than a certain amount of money.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ .George Burns
  • Next time they give you all that civic bullshit about voting, keep in mind that Hitler was elected in a full, free democratic election.^ They can all talk about being pro-family and all that bullshit.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is all about keeping the family business in the family, as it were.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ IS the democratic party all about?
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ~ George Carlin
  • Voter apathy was, and will remain the greatest threat to democracy." ~Hazen Pingree, former mayor of Detroit and governor of Michigan.
  • The French approach election differently than the Americans... they vote. ~ Bill Maher

War, military, and peace

.
  • Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.^ Without the death of her son Casey, Cindy Sheehan could not find the energy and courage to continue to fight against these unjustified, political wars.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • Take the so-called politics of fear — the constant reference to risks, from hoodies on the street corner to international terrorism.^ I have called for this before, may times since the earliest days of the so-called, "War on Terror".
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A British International Development Secretary Hilary Benn aspiring to higher office later this year called the Bush administration's use of the phrase "war on terror" as only likely to encourage terrorists.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Sadly, it was mostly for the worse as fear and hate seemed to drive our politics down to the man on the street level.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Whatever the truth of these risks and the best ways of dealing with them, the politics of fear plays on an assumption that people cannot bear the uncertainties associated with them.^ To me the best way to support the troops is to get them out of these foreign occupations.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The best way to alleviate this discontent (even today) is to allow people to decide for themselves which charitable organizations will get their money.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The best the council can do is to legalise these settlements instead of demolishing and leaving people homeless,” said Theresa from the Bauleni Compound in Lusaka.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Politics then becomes a question of who can better deliver an illusion of control
    .
  • This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience.^ November 10, 2006 A flurry of activity impacting Medicare is expected in the remaining days of the lame duck Republican Congress and the early days of the new Democratic Congress.
    • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

    ^ These mercenaries being paid by the American government and acting as an arm of our military have almost no constraints on their behavior.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government.^ A state which, as of this writing, has NO Republicans holding Federal office.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Socialism refers to a broad array of doctrines or political movements that envisage a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to government control.
    • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ House passed Silver Alert last month, many state and local governments setting up programs .
    • Senior Jounral - Politics for Senior Citizens 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.seniorjournal.com [Source type: News]

    We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. .Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.^ The women of Kenya have always been aware of injustice in our society, all through the years.
    • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ How can we best achive them given our now very limited resources.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. .We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.^ We must tell them that it is not OK to give away our rights and let the telephone companies that helped Bush spy on us.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    We should take nothing for granted. .Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.^ May 8th, 2007 Another Reason to Abolish the Dept of Homeland Security Remember the crazy Canadian spy coin warning from our government.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A standing military is our only defense; without it, none of what you propose matters.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Because the military is the only thing that stands between America and the Tyranny that could replace our free society.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Dwight Eisenhower, Farewell address, January 17, 1961; Final TV Talk 1/17/61 (1), Box 38, Speech Series, Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower as President, 1953-61, Eisenhower Library; National Archives and Records Administration.

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.From the adjective politic, by analogy with Aristotle’s "τα πολιτικά" ('affairs of state').^ In the collectivist era of the 20th century, everything became an affair of state because nothing was outside of political consideration.
  • Classical Liberalism and World Peace 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.fff.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Both of these conceptions of political justice are mistaken in Aristotle's view, because they assume a false conception of the ultimate end of the city-state.
  • Aristotle's Political Theory (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ And now that there has been a further increase in the size of states, one might say that it is hard to avoid having a democratic constitution( Aristotle , Politics) .
  • Famous Philosophers on Politics, Political Science, Globalisation, Oligarchy,Democracy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.spaceandmotion.com [Source type: Original source]

Noun

politics (plural uncountable, sometimes treated as singular uncountable)
  1. The practice of responding to conflict with dialogue.
    This issue should be solved with politics, not weapons.
  2. Set of policies relating to governmental and legal matters
    I don’t like his politics.
  3. Campaigning or arguing for a set of policies, or maneuvering for power
    I want to go into politics.
    .
  4. The study of disputes between rival political factions.^ Social and Political Thought bridges the conventional divide between social theory, political theory and philosophy, the history of social and political theory, and the study of political and social ideologies and movements."
    • EpistemeLinks: Journals for Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.epistemelinks.com [Source type: Academic]

    ^ Students of politics have a never ending dispute over what constitutes the proper balance between necessary governmental power and restraints needed to protect individual rights.
    • Liberalism & Conservatism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC academic.regis.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Political Philosophy is the study of these and other matters, more generally the first—the relationship between individuals and society.

    Favoritism is the only use of politics. Richard L Kempe
    .
  5. Political affairs of life, party politics, local politics.^ We have local, national and international politics podcasts; in the USA, we represent all parties from the Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Socialists, progressives, and the Green Party.
    • Politics Podcasts @ politics.podcast.com 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.podcast.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ A graduate of Class XX of Leadership Florida, he is a life member of the NAACP, and was formerly a political analyst/co-host on the local television show "The Usual Suspects".
    • Mayor John Marks - Talgov.com 3 February 2010 17:21 UTC www.talgov.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Politics - in the sense of civic life, debate, negotiation, parties, argument, lobbying, demonstrations, elections, even political violence - is best avoided by those seeking change.
    • Liberalism: interacting to conserve. 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC web.inter.nl.net [Source type: Original source]

    .He’s thinking of going into politics, e.g., trying to become a Member of Parliament.^ It's entirely understandable and predictable that in the wake of this election liberals would go into wishful thinking mode and declare that they've escaped history.
    • The Anonymous Liberal: Whither Liberalism? 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.anonymousliberal.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ These dialogues, he thinks, are preoccupied with different problems, and approach politics from different angles; perhaps they cannot be entirely brought into line with each other.
    • Malcolm Schofield - Plato: Political Philosophy - Reviewed by Richard Kraut, Northwestern University - Philosophical Reviews - University of Notre Dame 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC ndpr.nd.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It was attended by policy makers and members of think tanks, economists working in government departments, finance journalists, and academics from social policy, philosophy, political science and economics.
    • political philosophy and taxation conference details 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.ucl.ac.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  6. Political views or beliefs.
    What are your politics?
  7. rivalry between political parties
    They’re not concerned with welfare: it’s all politics!

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Introduction

.Political theory is the categorization of social thought by a group or by the persuasion or beliefs of a geo-political mass.^ An inquiry into the origins and current practices related to the participation of American ethnic groups in social, political, economic, and cultural institutions of the United States.
  • - Politics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.cua.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Autonomy plays various roles in theoretical accounts of persons, conceptions of moral obligation and responsibility, the justification of social policies and in numerous aspects of political theory.
  • Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC philosophy.csusb.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ In the first part of this book I have tried to outline what I take to be the essentials of the liberal world-view, the liberal theory of politics, society and individual and social values.
  • Anthony Arblaster, The Rise and Decline of Western Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.mtholyoke.edu [Source type: Original source]

.Many political theories are founded as critiques toward existing political, economic and social conditions of the theorist’s time.^ The proper form of human association, the just balance of economic, political, and social power, and the nature of the relationship between the state and the individual are explored in the works of prominent historical and contemporary theorists.
  • PHIL 265 Social/Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.fredonia.edu [Source type: Academic]

^ An inquiry into the origins and current practices related to the participation of American ethnic groups in social, political, economic, and cultural institutions of the United States.
  • - Politics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.cua.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Autonomy plays various roles in theoretical accounts of persons, conceptions of moral obligation and responsibility, the justification of social policies and in numerous aspects of political theory.
  • Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC philosophy.csusb.edu [Source type: Original source]

.Political theory can also be considered as a critical tradition of discourse that provides a reflection on collective life, the uses of collective power, and resources within a collectivity.^ Postmodern prince : critical theory, left strategy, and the making of a new political subject / John Sanbonmatsu.

^ What was important was that men (but not women, and not all men, for that matter) should be free to express their opinions and act politically within the processes of collective decision-taking.
  • Anthony Arblaster, The Rise and Decline of Western Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.mtholyoke.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ Problem of political obligation : a critical analysis of liberal theory / Carole Pateman.

.The emphasis of political theory changes over time.^ Topics include theories of American political development; the origins of Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court, and significant changes in each over time; and how the political interactions between institutions have shaped their development and that of the American state .
  • - Politics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.cua.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It is only a matter of time before the rest of the broader journalistic and political classes also feel the sting of rejection and isolation as a political sea change hits the nation.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A review of the political theories of nineteenth-century European political thought with a special emphasis on the continental tradition.
  • - Politics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.cua.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.As you will read, there are many different elements that create the foundation for theoretical analysis towards political science.^ There are so MANY different college groups.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ You could read this book and then read Anthony Appiah's The Ethics of Identity and/or Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon and you would have had a great exploration of the dynamics of identity constitution from many different angles in many different voices.
  • Philosophy Talk: The Blog: Politics and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC theblog.philosophytalk.org [Source type: Original source]

^ A basic course in research design for theoretical political analysis.
  • - Politics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.cua.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

This book is still under construction.

Empirical vs. normative theories

.These two concepts are the crux of what every theory is built upon.^ This also leads to the much discussed charge that conceptions of autonomy, and the moral and political principles built upon them, are overly individualistic in their requirements and implications.
  • Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC philosophy.csusb.edu [Source type: Original source]

.When attempting to develop a concrete theoretical approach to politics, one can ask two different kinds of questions.^ As usual, Jon Stewart asks the questions that no one in the alleged news media ever asks.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The article touches on his biography as it relates to the development of his political thought, and it also provides an analysis of some of the issues that his philosophy raises – especially with regards to the Two Treatises of Government .
  • Locke: Political Philosophy [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy] 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.iep.utm.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ This one includes a post-townhall interview with the MD who asked the question.

Empirical questions (What happened and why?) and normative questions (What should have happened).it is however important to note that some of this claims are not always practical and for that inapplicable to some extents
.The fundamental principle of human understanding is to interpret how and why various aspects of the world operate.^ Natural law is in effect morality, and according to Thomas the human mind, reflecting on and analysing human experience, can see the truth of various fundamental moral principles, which are thus "self-evident", not in need of proof, and too fundamental to be capable of proof ( Summa , 1-2, q.
  • Medieval Political Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ They see your disregard for human decency and established judicial principles — and they understand the implications all this holds for them.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ Storytelling is just this incredibly important piece of how we understand the world, there's no question.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.Both natural and social sciences utilize this method of understanding to interpret the answers to empirical questions; which results in competing empirical theories.^ Natural vs. Social Sciences .
  • Politics Research Papers - Direct Essays 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.directessays.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It opposes the organic Aristotelian conception of the state that perceives the state as the natural result of social growth – a development Locke agrees with but rejects the non-consensual characteristic of the Aristotelian state.
  • Locke: Political Philosophy [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy] 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.iep.utm.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ My issue is that you apply this economic issue with a questionable degree of difference between the two ideologies, and you somehow seem to imply that it applies to both economic and social spheres.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

.Normative theories are based on empirical assumptions to interpret how or what the world (or country) should be.^ An introduction to International Relations theory, including major theories and research on the causes of war, the bases for international cooperation, and the character of the post-Cold War world.
  • - Politics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.cua.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We believe that government should operate as a check and a balance to the powerful financial interests in the country and the world.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Should the U.S. aid Third World Countries .
  • Politics Research Papers - Direct Essays 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.directessays.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Along with empirical assumptions, normative theories also encompass the social value systems or morals judgments of a mass to base their normative questions.^ In the realm of moral theory, seeing autonomy as a central value can be contrasted with alternative frameworks such an ethic of care, utilitarianism of some kinds, and an ethic of virtue.
  • Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC philosophy.csusb.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ Autonomy plays various roles in theoretical accounts of persons, conceptions of moral obligation and responsibility, the justification of social policies and in numerous aspects of political theory.
  • Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC philosophy.csusb.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ The moral and social consequence is a threatened destruction of all stable bases of belief and social relationship.
  • Excerpts from Liberalism and Social Action by John Dewey 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC teachingamericanhistory.org [Source type: Original source]

For instance, many normative theorists question the phenomenon of war. Not only are empirical assumptions used to explain why war occurs or how to ascertain peace, but they also utilize normative judgments on whether or not the means of war are ever really justified (i.e. Pacifists vs. Realists).

Normative theory elements

.When approaching normative theory, one must realize that different assumptions lead to conflicting theoretical approaches.^ Yet the assertion of any "right" is an assertion that some distinction matters: that one claim or set of claims must trump a conflicting claim or set of claims: that the meaning of the specific conflict must be resolved.

^ There exist differences of terminology - some of which are convertible, but leave that aside - but no real differences in the underlying intuitions and moral norms, at least in the case of abortion.

^ "But it has surely been decided, as it must be, to leave alone the one way as unthinkable and nameless (for it is no true way), and that the other is real and true.
  • Greek Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.friesian.com [Source type: Original source]

.To critically analyze any normative theory, one must be enlightened on what these assumptions are.^ Rawls has thereby provoked an enormous amount of critical commentary and channeled creative energies into normative political theory.
  • Online Library of Liberty - Bibliographical Essay: Contemporary Currents in Libertarian Political Philosophy by David Gordon - Literature of Liberty, Spring 1981, vol. 4, No. 1 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ One must also possess humility, an ability to admit that one is not omniscient, a willingness to rely upon others, and to receive their criticism.

^ Before presenting Pilon's criticism of the later Gewirth, one must face the fact that Gewirth's derivation encounters some serious difficulties.
  • Online Library of Liberty - Bibliographical Essay: Contemporary Currents in Libertarian Political Philosophy by David Gordon - Literature of Liberty, Spring 1981, vol. 4, No. 1 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

Ontological assumptions about the nature of the world for normative theory

  1. Epistemological Assumptions: Epistemological questions encompass the
human understanding of how we know aspects of the world. .For example Liberal theory and Realist theory both believe that humans derive objective information of the world through observations and methodologies like the “scientific method.” While there are other theories (variants of Critical Theories) feel that subjective bias distorts people’s observation process.^ The hierarchical language ladders of computerization, wherein various master languages control others, and at base, all elements are programmed in a binary, numerical code, has since become the frame through which the flow of the world is perceived.

^ There is one major puzzle about liberalisms portrayal of all these various democratic monstersthe tyranny of the majority, popular participation, and public opinion.
  • Anthony Arblaster, The Rise and Decline of Western Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.mtholyoke.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ Postmodern prince : critical theory, left strategy, and the making of a new political subject / John Sanbonmatsu.

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  1. Nature of Man: Is the nature of man good?^ Liberalism must believe that man is naturally good, for otherwise, without a God to set things right, we have no hope.

    ^ Manifestly different conceptions of human nature and of the good for man are at issue.
    • ANARCHISM AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.ditext.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ What power it should wield is limited to the powers that man possessed in the state of nature which should also be limited to serving the public good.
    • Locke: Political Philosophy [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy] 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.iep.utm.edu [Source type: Original source]

    Is it bad? Is it rational or
irrational? Are there definitive differences in gender? .These are all assumptions that have implications for any normative theory.^ Liberalism, in all its forms, rejects certain foundational assumptions dominating earlier theories of government: divine rights of kings, hereditary status, and state religions.

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  1. View of History: The view of history is a very important assumption in normative theory.^ This is a very important, but dangerous moment in the history of the Democratic Party.
    • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

    .If one has linear view of history, then they assume that the world is progressing towards a more positive future.^ Some would say that this is the only way to view the world; neo-cons for one.
    • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ However, I’ve had more than one argument with Jono about what I perceive as its increasing move towards encouragement of non-free software.
    • as days pass by, by Stuart Langridge — Politics 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.kryogenix.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Liberalism rests on the value of individual autonomy, but this reliance either assumes that respect for autonomy is merely one value among others in the liberal view, or autonomy has absolute and overriding value.
    • Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC philosophy.csusb.edu [Source type: Original source]

    In opposition to linear views of history, an entropic view of history assumes that the world is descending into a negative future. .Lastly, those with a cyclical view of history are those who believe that nothing changes except for who is on top and how they got there.
  2. Nature of World Order?:
    1. Key Actors?^ They seem to believe that those who are successful haven’t earned their success.
      • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Through this course, students will examine "contentious politics," those political phenomena carried out by non-state actors who challenge the government in unconventional ways.
      • - Politics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.cua.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ We know who is visiting, for how long and how often they return.

      States? Civilization? (e.g. Muslim Caliphate), Non- Governmental Organizations or NGO's (e.g. MNCs, Amnesty International, Green Peace, etc)? Inter-governmental Organizations or IGOs (UN? WTO? EU? NATO? OPEC)? Transnational Social Movements? .(TSMs) that are loose alliances of NGOs across countries and/or groups of people who identify with a particular group
    2. Predominant form of Collective Identity?^ George Burns : Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.
      • Politics Quotes | Politics Quotations | Politics Sayings | Wisdom Quotes 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.wisdomquotes.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.
      • Politics Quotes | Politics Quotations | Politics Sayings | Wisdom Quotes 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.wisdomquotes.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The whole notion of defining a term, and then using that definition to beat up people who don’t agree with one’s point of view is a weird form of dialectic.
      • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

      .What is the primary identity of a particular group of people?^ Families also traditionally provided central ingredients of our self-narratives -- the narratives in the telling of which we constitute ourselves thick identities, as particular people, with particular life stories.
      • Philosophy Talk: The Blog: Politics and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC theblog.philosophytalk.org [Source type: Original source]

      National Identity (e.g. Iraqi); Tribal Identity? Ethnic Identity? Religious Identity? Gender? .There is often a close link between key actors and predominate form of collective identity.
    3. Key Level of Analysis and Factors Behind World Politics?^ In closing, we should add a word about the implications of political liberalism for the traditional division between liberal justice and democratic theory.
      • Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC philosophy.csusb.edu [Source type: Original source]

      ^ At this level, there is fear not of a collective uprising of the underemployed and impoverished, but a fear of everyone and everything .

      ^ Rev - July 25th, 2009 at 5:43 pm "Identity politics, when viewed in its purest form, is racism."
      • Big Hollywood » Blog Archive » Has Liberalism Jumped the Shark? 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC bighollywood.breitbart.com [Source type: General]

      e.g. realist belief that anarchy and struggle for power = fundamental reality and key factors include geography, natural resources, military and economic power.
    4. Tacit or Formal Rules that Regulate the Actions of Key Actors? If so, what are these?
  3. Why does War Occur?

Realist, liberal and critical theories

Realist theory

.This is perhaps the oldest theory in the science of politics.^ Three theories of political science, Pluralism, Elite theory and Marxist theory.
  • Politics Research Papers - Direct Essays 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.directessays.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The course will consider theories of nationbuilding in political science and political sociology, but the main focus will be on case studies.
  • - Politics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.cua.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Science, Logic, & Mathematics Logic Philosophy of Mathematics Philosophy of Science ▶ Value Theory Aesthetics Bioethics Ethics Philosophy of Law Political Philosophy Value Misc.
  • Locke: Political Philosophy [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy] 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.iep.utm.edu [Source type: Original source]

Realist theory generally focuses on three elements:
.
  1. The state of world politics is a world of chaos (Hobbes) with a habitual competition for power (political) resources to control scarce natural resources.^ The proper form of human association, the just balance of economic, political, and social power, and the nature of the relationship between the state and the individual are explored in the works of prominent historical and contemporary theorists.
    • PHIL 265 Social/Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.fredonia.edu [Source type: Academic]

    ^ Nevertheless, Locke asks, even if Adam were given title over the earth’s resources, how does that give him political power over others’ lives?
    • Locke: Political Philosophy [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy] 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.iep.utm.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nature and politics : liberalism in the philosophies of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau / Andrzej Rapaczynski.

    The most important assets to avoiding a world of chaos are military and economic power and control.
  2. Life can be “nasty, brutish and short” unless people organize for the power to protect themselves to cope with chaos.
  3. States act as unitary, rational actors to maximize their own power resources & attempt to acquire greater security and economic wealth.

Empirical variants

Structural-Realism or Neo-Realism
.This empirical variant believes that structural factors dominate individual and internal/cultural differences.^ This is problematic in that it excludes those individuals and groups whose self-identity and value commitments are deeply constituted by cultural factors from the protection of liberal principles and policies.
  • Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC philosophy.csusb.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ There is certainly a random factor in nature and in human affairs, and the possibility for a lone individual genius to make a difference cannot be dismissed.
  • Greek Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.friesian.com [Source type: Original source]

.For example, policy creators may make the wrong or different decisions due to the need to make choices in a world of incomplete information; not due to individual or cultural value differences.^ Making those wrong choices might make it impossible to ever get to your goals.
  • as days pass by, by Stuart Langridge — Politics 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.kryogenix.org [Source type: General]

^ Why, for example, is the notion of God making a choice incoherent?
  • Online Library of Liberty - Bibliographical Essay: Contemporary Currents in Libertarian Political Philosophy by David Gordon - Literature of Liberty, Spring 1981, vol. 4, No. 1 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Although the members of the two cities have different ultimate values, they may have intermediate ends in common—in particular, everyone desires peace on earth.
  • Medieval Political Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

Classical-Realism
.This empirical variant believes that the state needs true “statesmen” who understand power politics.^ We believe in FDR’s principles of a government’s role, in that it should exist to help those who need it.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I understand the man who believes in the Sea Serpent on the ground that there are more fish in the sea than ever came out of it.

^ 'True indeed' 'Is there any other life except that of true philosophy which looks down on political power?'
  • Famous Philosophers on Politics, Political Science, Globalisation, Oligarchy,Democracy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.spaceandmotion.com [Source type: Original source]

.The emphasis is that individual actors (decision-makers) can make a difference.^ For we can reflect upon our decision-making capacities and value this positively (and fundamentally) but regard that “self” engaging the capacity in different ways.
  • Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC philosophy.csusb.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ There is certainly a random factor in nature and in human affairs, and the possibility for a lone individual genius to make a difference cannot be dismissed.
  • Greek Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.friesian.com [Source type: Original source]

Moreover, this variant also feels that if policy makers operate out of normative values (e.g. human rights, promotion of democracy) or respond to internal domestic pressures, it is a big mistake.

Normative variants

Hobbesian Realist
This theory assumes that the world is in constant chaos and is rare to find common interests. .With emphasis on hard power (military or economic coercion or force), Hobbesian realists feel that compromise is a sign of weakness.^ You might feel thereby entitled to resist my attempts to change your practices with force or coercion of your own.
  • Philosophy Talk: The Blog: Politics and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC theblog.philosophytalk.org [Source type: Original source]

^ He disputes the notion that military and economic force alone can solve world problems.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ We believe that large economic institutions require the countervailing force of collective bargaining by labor so that concentration of money does not become concentration of power.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

This variant prefers unilateral action because of its disdain of the constraints multilateral institutions. Authoritarian rule is accepted because it is an exchange for civil order.
Machiavellian Realist
.While this theory assumes the world is in constant chaos, they feel there is still a positive sum.^ Still I thought to myself, they must have TIVO or it must be a satellite feed where there is a lot of mileage that the signal is traveling to account for the delay.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ But there are positions, or more correctly combinations of positions, which can clearly disqualify someone from a atually being a member of a party, no matter what they like to call themselves.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They need to fight the liberal religion with true philosophy and even more so, in my opinion, with the Christian religion – a far superior view of the world if ever there were one.

.Because this variant feels that compromises that serve everyone’s interest is possible, skilled diplomacy is just as important as military power.^ Still when we have divided government, we get at least the shadow of what the Founders were after, because then we have not just the formal separation of powers but also the substantive diversion of interests that is nicely aligned with the formal separation of powers.
  • Philosophy Talk: The Blog: Politics and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC theblog.philosophytalk.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Something feels fishy about stopping the proceedings just because she resigned.

^ We should reclaim the right and the power to pass laws that protect our interests against the corporate-military behemoth.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.Machiavellian realists are concerned with the possibility of imperial-overstretch (involved with too many conflicts at once), so they always calculate utility of action.^ It didn't matter to them how many times this armed doctrine ended in blood and treachery; they were always prepared to give it another try.

^ They involve the awkward issues of class, and property, matters which were not, of course, always as embarrassing to most liberals as they are today.
  • Anthony Arblaster, The Rise and Decline of Western Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.mtholyoke.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ I always listen, comfort, offer advice and help where I can; I have become very close to many people affected by AIDS. I appreciate the fact that they trust me that much.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Machiavellian Realists are not opposed to multilateralism, however, still go own way if it serves your interests.^ There is a better way to serve our interests than war.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The better blogs (on both the right and left) explore how their principles apply both ways, not just to their own interests.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ By the way, Mr. Crumbunist, it’s interesting that you would choose a book on slavery to illustrate your point.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

Realist theorists

  • Thucydides, Peloponesian War, 431-404 BC – Greek/Athenian.
  • Sun Tzu Art of War (China - 2,000 years ago - 1st century BC)
  • Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Italian, 1500s Europe
  • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathon, English, 17th Century
  • Karl Von Clausewitz, On War, Prussian-German, 19th Century
  • Hans Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations, American 20th century
  • Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy, American 20th century
  • Kenneth Waltz, Theory of International Politics, American, 20th century
  • Paul Kennedy, Rise and Fall of Great Powers, American 20th Century.
  • Steven Krasner, Defending the National Interest, American, 20th Century.
  • John Mearsheimer, Tragedy of Great Power Politics, American, 20th Century

Ideologies of government

.The content is divided into 9 main ideologies, each which has sub-ideologies, such as one ideology being Communism, and a sub-ideology of it being Stalinism.^ In such a free state, all men are of one community making up a society distinct from the animals.
  • Locke: Political Philosophy [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy] 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.iep.utm.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ In the absence of knowledge of such beings, however, the elitist hierarchical view collapses into the absolute side constraints view.
  • Online Library of Liberty - Bibliographical Essay: Contemporary Currents in Libertarian Political Philosophy by David Gordon - Literature of Liberty, Spring 1981, vol. 4, No. 1 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ This amendment would provide an exemption to the prohibitions of the bill for the importation of any product derived from an embryo if such product is unable to develop into a full human being.
  • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

The 9 main ideologies we will discuss are:
  • Anarchism
  • Authoritarianism
  • Communism
  • Conservatism
  • Environmentalism
  • Fascism
  • Liberalism
  • Nationalism
  • Socialism
.Most political parties will fit into a few of these descriptions, for instance the Democratic Party of the USA would have elements of Democracy, Liberalism, Conservatism and others, to different extents.^ I think most Democrats would agree that the Democratic party is for these things.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Democratic Party to decay into ruin.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This nullification of the normal process of democracy is not seen as undemocratic (and therefore invalid) by liberals, because it is carried out on behalf of liberalism's most sacred duty.

.It is rare that a major political party in any country would only fit into one category.^ Some would say that this is the only way to view the world; neo-cons for one.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Not a single one of them would have a prayer of getting elected in the current political climate.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Recommended by: Sirocco , kck which might have political resonance would be that a just society is one that is acceptable no matter what your position in it.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.Anarchism, being anti-state, is rarely found in traditional governmental systems.^ This system began to break down in the last decade , as the dollars, which found their way back to the United States, were not invested in the productive core, but in speculation.
  • Politics | The New Republic 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.tnr.com [Source type: News]

Anarchism

.Anarchism is anti-state, asserting that all hierarchical power structures are corrupt.^ The first step is to assert, as a matter of fundamental principle, that the power and authority of the state or government is not absolute, but limited.
  • Anthony Arblaster, The Rise and Decline of Western Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.mtholyoke.edu [Source type: Original source]

Anarchism is similar to the above mentioned destruction of power, currency, and classes. .Although, the difference is that there is no Temporary Dictatorship of the Proletariat.^ Issues, which in other democracies are settled by compromise or consensus, the Republicans will play up the differences, demonize the other side of the debate, and insist there can be no common ground.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ To me, there’s no difference between misleading truth and outright lying.
  • Joe Posnanski » Blog Archive » Political Philosophy? Really? 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC joeposnanski.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If an action could not result in the existence or non-existence of the entity that acted to achieve a goal, then there would be no difference in the results of achieving or failing to achieve a goal.
  • Online Library of Liberty - Bibliographical Essay: Contemporary Currents in Libertarian Political Philosophy by David Gordon - Literature of Liberty, Spring 1981, vol. 4, No. 1 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.Anarchism does not mean chaos; rather it implies localized direct, participatory forms of governance which should challenge whatever forms are agreed upon by those directly affected.^ The problems with conservatives like yourself is that you define liberals as those who think the government should have absolute power.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The efforts of the working people would be much better and much more directly funded by direct government grants, not no-bid military contracts.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Or should implied consensus be an acceptable criterion of continual legitimisation of government – namely, the fact that a people do not seek to secede to migrate should be held as evidence of continued trust in their state?
  • Locke: Political Philosophy [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy] 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.iep.utm.edu [Source type: Original source]

.In this sense, anarchism might be described as a form of 'ultra-democracy', with the total absence of elements such as centralism, remote representation or entrenched power bases or systems.^ The best form of government, according to Thomas, is a mixed government combining elements of democracy, aristocracy and kingship ( Summa , 1-2, q.
  • Medieval Political Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ For the struggle to get rich at all costs tended to reduce numbers, and so increased the power of the multitude, who rose up and formed democracies.
  • Famous Philosophers on Politics, Political Science, Globalisation, Oligarchy,Democracy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.spaceandmotion.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The view that individuals ought to be treated as, and given the resources to become, autonomous in one of the minimal senses outlined here will, I submit, be a central element in any political view that steers between the Scylla of oppressive forms of perfectionism and the Charybdis of interest-group power politics.
  • Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC philosophy.csusb.edu [Source type: Original source]

As anarchism is inconsistent with 'government' as it is most commonly conceptualized, its most potent expression have been through different organizations. .The most historically successful Anarchist views are those of Anarcho-Syndicalists, who believe in complete unionization of workers to achieve equal rights and labor value rather than capital.^ Philosophers who do not believe in moral rights are most commonly utilitarians.
  • Online Library of Liberty - Bibliographical Essay: Contemporary Currents in Libertarian Political Philosophy by David Gordon - Literature of Liberty, Spring 1981, vol. 4, No. 1 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Those who deny this will believe anything.
  • The American Spectator : The Face of Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC spectator.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They seem to believe that those who are successful haven’t earned their success.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

.Anarchism is emerging, through means such as the Internet, as a potent ideology in the anti-capitalist movement, where myriad grass-roots, non-hierarchical groups have coordinated direct participatory political actions.^ And how is such action to be taken if people do not, by participating in politics, make plain their dissatisfactions with the present limited scope of private life?
  • Anthony Arblaster, The Rise and Decline of Western Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.mtholyoke.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ We understand that private cronyism can warp economic decisions through political actions.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

Authoritarianism

.A form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.^ All this points in the direction of an anarchist opposition to state, government and laws.
  • Anthony Arblaster, The Rise and Decline of Western Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.mtholyoke.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ It is clear that those constitutions which aim at the common good are right, as being in accord with absolute justice; while those which aim only at the good of the rulers are wrong.
  • Famous Philosophers on Politics, Political Science, Globalisation, Oligarchy,Democracy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.spaceandmotion.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The essence of them was the placing of the state or government within a restricting framework of constitutional provisions and fundamental law.
  • Anthony Arblaster, The Rise and Decline of Western Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.mtholyoke.edu [Source type: Original source]

)

Communism

.Communism derives in the most part from the works of Marx & Engels.^ These terrorist groups, or sleeper cells, include people who speak Arabic, Spanish and Hebrew and, for the most part, arouse no suspicion in their communities.

.However, it must be noted that Marx's vision of 'communism' and what emerged as 'Communism' are often in fundamental conflict.^ Further, the vision must be widely communicated to be effective.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.The majority of people see Communism as a Stalinist power-hungry regime, which is the model 'communism' took in practice for most of the past century.^ These terrorist groups, or sleeper cells, include people who speak Arabic, Spanish and Hebrew and, for the most part, arouse no suspicion in their communities.

^ The past decade has seen a powerful resurgence in artistic communities as new galleries, shows and exhibitions are popping up on every re-invigorated street corner.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The tricks may still work, but people are going to see behind the curtain and understand the depths you'll plumb to stay in power.

.This is partially wrong with regard to the ideology itself, as there are a few factions within Communism.^ There has to be an "End Abortion" faction in the Democratic party.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There are a few basic, obvious things the party needs to do to be successful.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Of course, this is partially a potentially relative term, so if there are 15 historians who believe this, it could be "many," and if they are 15 out of 1000, it could be "many" or "few".
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.Communism is the result of the process by which workers, the proletariat, overthrow their capitalist and bourgeois masters and take control of the means of production.^ BB] We've certainly had our share of breakdowns of process of production [but we don't have any manufacturing base left Ron, what can you mean?

^ The best option is to overthrow this corrupt bourgeois government and give money back to the downtrodden workers of the world who have have been opressed for so long by the imperialist corporations and governments of America.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

The producers become the owners of their production. .Lenin applied Marxist ideas to a pre-capitalist context (unlike those late capitalist economies in which Marx predicted a communist revolution would emerge).^ They failed to predict that the enemies of freedom (Marxists, Communists, Socialists, Liberals and Progressives… They are really all just different strains of the same disease) would become so powerful.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This is an idea that goes back to the time of the Revolution, when abolitionists argued that slaves would work better if they were treated more fairly [i.e.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But the people who began advocating for "Socialism" never defined it as "government" control of the economy -- because that would logically imply that when Capitalists control the Government, then, er, they would be Socialists.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.In Leninism, the Communist revolution is headed by a revolutionary vanguard, basically people who are made to control the revolution and protect it from the capitalists and other threats.^ When others are in need, when disaster strikes, we don’t hesitate to help people who have been slammed by circumstances to get back on their feet.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But the people who began advocating for "Socialism" never defined it as "government" control of the economy -- because that would logically imply that when Capitalists control the Government, then, er, they would be Socialists.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Vote to take other peoples money away by the mobsters who vote.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

Thus, Communism is a temporary dictatorship of the proletariat. .Original Marxist Communism states that the Proletariat consists of the ENTIRE working class, as opposed to just one person.^ You say you read Kant for an entire year — “just Kant.” So can’t you present even one paragraph of logical analysis and/or refutation?
  • Joe Posnanski » Blog Archive » Political Philosophy? Really? 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC joeposnanski.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Why may not one violate persons for the greater social good?” Just as individuals sometimes bear some cost in return for greater good to themselves, perhaps individuals can be sacrificed for the social good.
  • Online Library of Liberty - Bibliographical Essay: Contemporary Currents in Libertarian Political Philosophy by David Gordon - Literature of Liberty, Spring 1981, vol. 4, No. 1 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The "Truthers" are just being more consistent with the reality of how moral responsibility works than other factions of the "blame America first" mob.

This dictatorship is only temporary as it is to ensure the destruction of currency, capital, and multiple classes. This is not a violent stage as neither currency, capital, or classes exist outside of the mind. .The Labor Theory Of Value best represents this, as if you are lost and alone, you cannot live off capital, currency, and it does not matter to your class, but if you live off your labor then you will continue to live.^ Thank you for your help in this matter.
  • as days pass by, by Stuart Langridge — Politics 11 September 2009 19:019 UTC www.kryogenix.org [Source type: General]

^ And do you know what Hadassah does for a living?
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Next, Racists, I cannot assume you are all white some of you may even be black but you are so comfortable sitting behind your computer using the N- word.
  • Ludacris Obama Rap "Politics", Lyrics & Video 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC www.hiphopmusic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.No one should privately own anything so everyone will be equal.^ "Equality" with no modifier at all would mean literal identity: a thing is always equal in this most general sense only to itself, not to anything else.

^ If every philosopher has his own foundation for morality, and almost all the systems in question are mutually inconsistent, should one abandon the whole attempt at moral justification?
  • Online Library of Liberty - Bibliographical Essay: Contemporary Currents in Libertarian Political Philosophy by David Gordon - Literature of Liberty, Spring 1981, vol. 4, No. 1 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In his view, one has here a standard “prisoner's dilemma": it would be to everyone's interest if no one found the antisocial line of conduct adumbrated above a dominant strategy.
  • Online Library of Liberty - Bibliographical Essay: Contemporary Currents in Libertarian Political Philosophy by David Gordon - Literature of Liberty, Spring 1981, vol. 4, No. 1 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.While top-heavy centralized or Stalinist models of communism are widely considered as 'failed experiments', there is much in original Marxist theory of communism that remains open to new interpretation and application.Some see this as especially relevant to the current phase of globalization of capital.^ The media may not be reporting it, but there are some things to ponder about what happened in New Hampshire.
  • A New Liberalism for the 21st Century 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC neo-liberalism.org [Source type: Original source]

^ New frontier, a study of the American liberal spirit, its frontier origin, and its application to modern problems, by Guy Emerson.

^ In the realm of moral theory, seeing autonomy as a central value can be contrasted with alternative frameworks such an ethic of care, utilitarianism of some kinds, and an ethic of virtue.
  • Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC philosophy.csusb.edu [Source type: Original source]

Conservatism

.Conservatism emerged in response to the rise of liberalism and the liberal challenge to absolutism and social hierarchy based on privilege.^ A consideration of the foundations, development, and challenges to liberal democracy, and the role of political and social science in a liberal polity.
  • - Politics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.cua.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Liberalism and the challenge of fascism; social forces in England and France, 1815-1870.

.Conservatism emphasized a 'natural order' based on tradition and slow evolutionary change.^ The modern liberal order is premised on the political primacy of freedom and equality over traditional, natural, or otherwise unchosen constraints.

^ First, to what extent can a libertarian theory of rights be based upon a traditional natural law ethics?
  • Online Library of Liberty - Bibliographical Essay: Contemporary Currents in Libertarian Political Philosophy by David Gordon - Literature of Liberty, Spring 1981, vol. 4, No. 1 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.The hierarchical nature of society was seen as part of that natural order, the fitness of the monarch and aristocracy to rule having been 'established' over a long period.^ The games connect folks to magical thinking, to nature, to a primal, pick-up-your-battle-ax and kill mentalities long suppressed by so-called society.
  • GamePolitics News | GamePolitics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: General]

^ In order for society to evolve in a natural fashion, people must be able to know and predict with some accuracy the behavior of their fellow citizens.
  • Online Library of Liberty - Bibliographical Essay: Contemporary Currents in Libertarian Political Philosophy by David Gordon - Literature of Liberty, Spring 1981, vol. 4, No. 1 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In pure self-interest and for self-preservation men entered into a compact by which they agreed to surrender part of their natural freedom to an absolute ruler in order to preserve the rest.
  • Famous Philosophers on Politics, Political Science, Globalisation, Oligarchy,Democracy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.spaceandmotion.com [Source type: Original source]

Conservatism still tends to resist radical change or attacks on social privilege.

Environmentalism

.Environmentalism (or ecologism) is an ideology which rejects the human-centered core of other political theories, and emphasizes instead the priorities of the planet Earth.^ But the views of these so-called Political Augustinians were generally rejected by other medieval political thinkers.
  • Medieval Political Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ Any theory which infuses into the content of American patriotism the idea of democracy as the highest state of human politics is a dubious theory indeed.

^ Permalink bingo--Clinton made it work because he's Clinton, with a firm grasp of core progressive principles and an uncanny understanding of where the true political center lay.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

.It sees humanity as only one part of an interrelated web of life, which incorporates the living planet itself.^ It has been said that living in a stateless society does not make one a libertarian; that the Africans would establish states if only they had the skills.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Anything else would be unfair, biasing one concept of "the mystery of human life" over another in the use of public funds, and we can't have that.

^ She had been in China for only six days while covering the human rights situation at the one-year run-up to the Olympic Games.
  • Politics on The WIP 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC thewip.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Environmentalism stresses that human economic and political activity has come with an unacceptable 'price tag'of environmental damage and irreparable harm.^ What impact does globalization have on politics and the state, on economics, the environment, human rights, labor, culture, borders, security, and policy?
  • - Politics 14 January 2010 4:04 UTC politics.cua.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A major source of devastation, human suffering and poverty, war affects all aspects of economic, social and political life.
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.It advocates a radical change in humanity's view of 'progress' based on economic expansionism and sees a 'higher morality' of living in harmony with nature, reducing human consumption and accepting a consequent lowering of living standards.^ I have a strange view of human nature.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He distinguishes divine law (eternal and positive) from human law, and among human laws he distinguishes natural law from the law of nations and civil law; see Summa , 1-2, q.
  • Medieval Political Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ These difficulties point to ambiguities in autonomy-based moral views, ones which may well be clarified in further developments of those theories.
  • Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC philosophy.csusb.edu [Source type: Original source]

.As environmental crises such as global warming and depletion of fossil fuels have become more evident, environmental ideology has featured more significantly in political parties in Western nations, particularly in Australasia, where the first 'green parties' emerged, and Europe, where they have experienced significant electoral successes.^ They’re looking for it to be more of a party.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Surveys characteristics of political life in major nations of Western Europe.
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^ Well, maybe if the Democrats had bothered to listen to the Naderites and had a bit more courage to speak out on issues like global warming instead of courting a bunch of bubbas that didn't vote for them anyway, they might have won.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | The End of Checklist Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com [Source type: Original source]

Fascism

.Fascism is less a rational or logical theory of ideas than it is a recipe for power and political opportunism.^ Any theory which infuses into the content of American patriotism the idea of democracy as the highest state of human politics is a dubious theory indeed.

^ With Election Day less than two weeks away, both major political parties are pursuing aggressive ...

^ The founders lacked prescience on two particular fronts that have come to define the American political scene and that jointly conspire to make the formal separation of powers far less of a bulwark against tyranny than they imagined.
  • Philosophy Talk: The Blog: Politics and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC theblog.philosophytalk.org [Source type: Original source]

.Fascism emerged in the context of post-World War I economic difficulties and social crisis and articulated a rejection of liberalism and parliamentary rule as 'failures'. It also articulated a rejection of communism as a further direct threat to the middle class groups that had felt severely the impact of those economic and social difficulties.^ Social and economic problems, class structure.
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^ The comparative language was meant to contrast the culture war with Islam with the culture war between social conservatives and liberals on domestic issues like abortion.

^ The Democrats caused the economic crisis by creating the sub-prime mortgage crisis with the Community Reinvestment Act and redlining.
  • Big Hollywood » Blog Archive » Has Liberalism Jumped the Shark? 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC bighollywood.breitbart.com [Source type: General]

.In their places, fascism emphasized 'strong' leadership, appealing to a long tradition of autocracy prior to recent and allegedly 'failed' democratic regimes.^ 'We', the idiot Democratic 'leadership', have failed miserably to do that.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

.The ideology is nationalist, authoritarian, militaristic, (somewhat) socialist and action-based rather than theory-based.^ The first concerns the way in which autonomy-based moral theory grounds obligation in our cognitive abilities rather than in our emotions and affective connections (see, e.g., Williams 1985, Stocker 1976).
  • Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC philosophy.csusb.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ Hayek, rather than attempting to deduce the precepts of ethics, bases himself squarely on social evolution.
  • Online Library of Liberty - Bibliographical Essay: Contemporary Currents in Libertarian Political Philosophy by David Gordon - Literature of Liberty, Spring 1981, vol. 4, No. 1 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC oll.libertyfund.org [Source type: Original source]

.War, expansionism and totalitarian controls of the populace are all justifiable in terms of power.^ The Pope's regular power in religious matters and occasional power to intervene in secular matters justify the traditional ascription to the Pope of fullness of power, but all the same it is a power within limits.
  • Medieval Political Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

Under Hitler, fascism acquired elements of racism and 'scapegoating' that in neo-fascist expressions are often directed against immigrants or refugees.

Liberalism

In this section we will study:
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  • Individualism - individual freedoms, in a civil society.
  • Classic Liberalism - Including natural rights, utilitarianism, economic liberalism and social Darwinism.^ Civil vs. Society's Rights .
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    ^ Classical liberalism and civil society / edited by Charles K. Rowley.

    ^ The proper form of human association, the just balance of economic, political, and social power, and the nature of the relationship between the state and the individual are explored in the works of prominent historical and contemporary theorists.
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    .Emerged alongside the rise of capitalism to reflect the political interests of the burgeoning middle classes.^ (You do not mention the 928,000 new millionaires who have emerged from the middle class.
    • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

    .During the transition between absolute monarchies to constitutional governments, liberalism articulated the rights of those outside the traditional power structure to freedom from arbitrary rule and economic restrictions.
  • Modern Liberalism - Including Freedom, Welfarism, and Keynesianism.^ Power of Government vs Individual Rights .
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    ^ A rule is either absolute or it is arbitrary.
    • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Rule of freedom : liberalism and the modern city / Patrick Joyce.

    Liberalism first developed a welfare agenda in response to the rampant social inequality and misery that emerged in the wake of the industrial revolution and in response to the articulation of rival ideologies such as socialism.

Nationalism

Socialism

.In its early forms, socialism was a reaction against the stark inequality and misery produced by the Industrial Revolution and emerging capitalist economies, where those with property had political voice but those without were open to exploitation and oppression.^ Socialism refers to a broad array of doctrines or political movements that envisage a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to government control.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ We believe that the benefits of intellectual property belong to all and that no artificial "market" be created just to raise the compensation of those who produce intellectual property.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ One cannot recreate a social form without first recreating its conditions of existence.

.Though many somehow confuse communism and socialism, they are two different things.^ My issue is that you apply this economic issue with a questionable degree of difference between the two ideologies, and you somehow seem to imply that it applies to both economic and social spheres.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In the nineties the world has been faced with many different crimes and social deviences .
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^ They also pick up on traditional problems with Kantian ethics (though there are many other such difficulties not mentioned here).
  • Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC philosophy.csusb.edu [Source type: Original source]

.Socialism is concerned with welfare of the people, and as such is concerned with providing healthcare and education and the provision of other necessities of a healthy life in order to create a more 'level' society.^ Our education system is getting worse and worse, yet we spend more per child than any almost other country in the world.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The only argument offered by the majority in defense of these provisions was that an exemption for medical treatment might provide a financial incentive to create more embryos through nuclear transfer.
  • Testimony - March 5, 2002 (Christopher Reeve Homepage) 11 September 2009 9:50 UTC www.chrisreevehomepage.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Where I come from, Liberalism is understood as moving away from restrictive social norms in order to provide the people with the greatest level of personal and social liberty possible, while protecting their rights as human beings.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

.The reasons for nationalization of industry and other aspects of society vary depending on the specific socialist system.^ October 29th, 2009: The question Kant never answers is why should Trey Hillman( or anybody) be moral, or in other words reasonable (in Kant’s system) .
  • Joe Posnanski » Blog Archive » Political Philosophy? Really? 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC joeposnanski.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He had experienced life under a Socialist dictator, with the state dictating how much he could be paid, what services he could provide and virtually every other aspect of his life.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As it is, love can either be a blessing or a poison, depending on various aspects.
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Communism also has these goals in mind, but is very anti-capitalistic in nature. .Unlike communism, one of the corner stones of socialism is to have the state own all capital and natural resources within its sovereign territory.^ For (then as now) naturalism is not an empirical or scientific thesis at all, but a purely philosophical one.

^ The right to establish one's own judiciary or police force is grounded in natural law, which consists of the rights and obligations inherent in human nature.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ After all, attacking a fiction of one’s own mind by persisting in the illusion that it’s fact is the best way to avoid the painful activity of thinking.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

.This means that the people being represented by the government, will control everything and thus social classes would be greatly undermined or eliminated altogether (a Communist ideal).^ Historically, Liberals need Government to force their ideals on Society, because they are rarely accepted by the people willingly.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Some would say it ought to be eliminated altogether.
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^ These examples are issues where conventionally conservative voters would advocate greater government control at the expense of personal freedom.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

So, increasing education so that people may properly elect representatives, providing high-quality media that is untainted by private interests, and reducing apathy are often socialistic goals. .The main difference between Communism and Socialism are that Socialists seek change through government.^ Let the Dems explain the difference between, say, "Universal Health Care" and "Socialized Medicine".
  • Big Hollywood » Blog Archive » Has Liberalism Jumped the Shark? 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC bighollywood.breitbart.com [Source type: General]

^ My issue is that you apply this economic issue with a questionable degree of difference between the two ideologies, and you somehow seem to imply that it applies to both economic and social spheres.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Maybe I do simplify too much, but dependence on Government IS the basic difference between Liberal and Conservative.
  • Liberalism’s Tragic Soul | The Patriot's Den at formykountry.com 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC www.formykountry.com [Source type: Original source]

.Communists feel this is slow, this is reflected by Marx in his books, and thus the need for revolution, which would let them quickly change things.^ Thus "metaphysics" would be about spiritual things, God, the soul, ghosts, etc.
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^ I completely agree that there needs to be a change in leadership and direction, but i would like to know what changes are going to occur.
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^ He wrote that once the final revolution occurred there would be no need for the oppressive state and it would ‘wither away’.
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.Marx argued that the powerful had never, throughout history, willingly relinquished their power and that revolution would be necessary to overthrow capitalism.^ Karl Marx was a valiant advocate of capitalism, as he believed that only the transformative power of capitalism could efficiently harness the means of production to solve societies' material needs.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I would argue, since 1994 with the Gingrich revolution, just take a look at Iraq, Venezuela, Katrina, what’s gone down at Virginia Tech, Darfur, Imus.
  • Think Progress » Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism 28 January 2010 0:17 UTC thinkprogress.org [Source type: General]

^ They argued that every corporation has the power to take the measures that may be necessary if its survival is endangered by failure in its head.
  • Medieval Political Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

.History has many examples by which socialists have achieved change, and many countries have a democratic socialist party in power.^ In your view, and in the view of some other, crazy minority, the richest, greediest, most worker-exploiting powerful capitalists in history, are, of course, just socialists in disguise.
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In a democratic polity, the instruments of state power – especially the legislature and the executive – are simply there for the seizing by this party or that.
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^ How many of you will devote all of your energy to ensuring that control of Congress is returned to the Democratic Party, the Shepard of our ideals?
  • Daily Kos: Debating Political Philosophy 2 February 2010 9:24 UTC www.dailykos.com [Source type: Original source]


Simple English

Politics is the way that people living in groups make decisions. Politics is about making agreements between people so that they can live together in groups such as tribes, cities, or countries. In large groups, such as countries, some people may spend a lot of their time making such agreements. These people are called politicians. Politicians, and sometimes other people, may get together to form a government. The study of politics in universities is called political science, political studies, or public administration.

In everyday life, the term "politics" refers to the way that countries are governed, and to the ways that governments make rules and laws. But politics can also be seen in other groups, too, such as in big companies, schools and churches.

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Governments

The government tries to lead the whole group. Governments do things such as:

  • Decide which people get which pieces of land
  • Decide which people can tell other people what to do
  • Decide whether to go to war with another country
  • Create money
  • Build things for the use of the whole group, such as roads, hospitals, libraries, and docks.
  • Educate people, either for their own good, or to teach them what the government wants them to know
  • Take care of the very young, the sick, or the very old

One of the ways the government leads the group is by making laws and rules which tell everybody what they can and can not do. The government makes these laws so that society will be safe and well-ordered. The law that "you must not drink alcohol while driving a car" stops people from drunk driving, which could kill people. The law "you must wear a helmet on a motorcycle" makes sure that people protect themselves.

The government can also control people and what happens in a country in other ways besides making laws.

  • For example, how the government spends its money makes a big difference in what people will do or what will happen to people. If the government spends a lot of money on hospitals and nurses, the people will probably become healthier.
  • Also, if people like their government, or think that their government is wise, they may do something just because their government says it is a good thing to do. Governments often make posters or television advertisements that encourage people to stop smoking cigarettes or eat more fruits and vegetables.

Politics is often compared to ethics (ideas about right and wrong). Ethics is a more abstract study of right and wrong. Ethics is usually more concerned with principle than law or politics or diplomacy, so many people think ethics is not practical. But without some agreement on ethics, there is probably no way to even have a public debate, a legal system or an election. There is always some agreement on ethics and personal conduct in a political system.

Political parties

In most countries, people have formed political partiess to put forward their ideas. There is usually some disagreement between people within a party, but they work together because they feel that they agree on enough things, and they will have more power if they join together. They agree to take the same position on many issues, and agree to support the same changes to law and the same leaders. An election is usually a competition between different parties.

History

The Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote that humans are a political animal and that ethics and politics are closely linked.

Niccolo Machiavelli wrote that politics was firstly about having and keeping power. He said that without power, a leader could do nothing.

In 1651, Thomas Hobbes wrote Leviathan, a book about politics. Hobbes wrote that people living in groups often give up some of their rights in exchange for some protections from a government.

In the 1800s, John Stuart Mill developed the "liberal" idea of politics. Mill said that democracy is the most important political development of the 1800s. He said that there should be more protection for individual rights against the government. Bernard Crick wrote a list of the political virtues, which were about best practices of politics itself.

International politics

There are also disagreements between different countries. Futile attempts to solve the problem with meetings and negotiations are then called diplomacy. This is just politics between nations instead of politics within nations. If the problems are very serious or very minor, and they are not resolved by diplomatic meetings they definitely lead to war.

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