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Political labels.


Well-known member
Jul 26, 2007
I've been trying to define the various political labels for my own benefit. Putting it here for feedback and corrections.

(Not sure where this belongs. I tired the political philosophy forum but I couldn't start a thread.)

Neo-conservative :-
-> Does not wish to return to an imaginary era of minimum government.
-> Looks to governments and social institutions to promote virtue and offset the effects of the free market.
-> May have liberal views of personal morality but rejects the idea that a state can be morally neutral.
-> Seeks to promote religion as a form of social cohesion.
-> Recognizes armed state intervention and coercive force is needed to topple regimes.
-> Supports globalization and free markets and democracy by force if necessary.
-> Christian view of history as a series of stages each better than the last.

Neo-Liberal :-
-> Wishes to return to an imaginary era of minimum government.
-> Most important condition of liberty is the free market.
-> Supports free market as agent of liberty and progress.
-> Believes free markets are the most productive and the most peaceful. War and conflicts will vanish if only markets become free.
-> One size fits all.
-> Individualist ethos of personal responsibility
-> Normally secular in outlook.
-> Economists with naive faith in their variant of reason.

Classical liberals :-
-> Believe all societies pass through defined stages of history leading to an open exchange market.
-> Understood and was weary of the costs of free markets and it's moral hazards.
-> Promoted a natural system of liberty derived from Christian thought; later replaced by secular thought.
-> Views the development of technology and the economy as primary; religion is secondary or unimportant.

Conservative :-
-> Defined itself against the Utopian schemes. Skeptical towards progress.
-> Politics is coping with human imperfections.
-> Seeks to promote religion as a form of social cohesion.
-> Strong support for tradition national institutions and culture.
-> Usually holds Utopian views of the past or an imagined golden age.
-> Emphasis is placed upon families and small government.


Jun 4, 2009
I don't identify with any of these positions, so you're missing at least one.

It's probably not helpful to run economic and social positions together under a single label either.


Well-known member
Feb 25, 2011
Pragmatist is missing.


Well-known member
Feb 26, 2006
I don't like labelling anyone, especially myself. There was a time when I wouldn't have affiliated myself with any political party because I didn't fit every one of their beliefs/aspirations. I have since realised that it's ok to support a party without supporting everything that party stand for or aspire to. Anyway, I find labels a journalistic or 'spin' construction designed to denigrate those with whom we disagree. They're childish and almost never accurate inasmuch as they never fully describe a person.


Well-known member
Oct 25, 2011
Labels mean nothing, Authoritarians have appealed to many a scumbag throughout history. Talent and ability mean everything. Gilmore for Taoiseach ? FFS, how sad a day that would be.

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