Policy Blog Post 1!
Let’s talk for just about minute about this textbook. The authors must have been snubbed on the playground by some kid in a Ronald Reagan t-shirt or something. I felt like I was reading an angry liberal blog post. And I’m not even conservative! It was a challenge to see the forest for the snark. Still, the text is valuable and challenging, and I promise that this is the last time I mention how weird the text is. That is a lie. I’ll probably bring it up again.
Ladies and gentlemen, you see before you a chart of your standard liberal-conservative leanings and some key stances on various subject matter. This is by no means exhaustive. Even well-known politicians who fall squarely into one of these categories has been known to deviate from his or her chosen path.
Keep an open mind. Take a peek below. Leave me a comment if I’m off-base or should add something important. Thanks!
“Government is either organized benevolence or organized madness; its peculiar magnitude permits no shading.” – John Updike
|Economy||Role of Government||Civil Rights||Reproductive Rights||Gay Rights|
|Liberalism||Keynesian economics-macro-economic stabilization by the govt.||Large government presence to keep welfare and economy stable.||Champions minority groups, works to extend legislature and keep protections in place for minorities.||Supports women’s right to choose, free and easily accessible birth control.||Pro-marriage equality, pro-gays in the military.|
|Neo-liberalism||Less cautious of big business, opposed economic protectionism, opposed financial regulation.
|More cautious of govt. than traditional liberalism, preferred less presence.||Potentially harmful to civil rights with de-emphasis on social issues, emphasis on meritocracy.||Potentially harmful to reproductive rights with de-emphasis on social issues.||Social issue de-emphasis HOWEVER recent legislature has gone in support of gay rights. (Author argues that Obama is a neoliberal [pp14]).|
|Leave the economy alone and let it regulate itself. Tweak as necessary. Belief in free-market capitalism.||“Small government”. Idea that the country can take care of its needs without govt. assistance.||Oppose the extension of civil rights legislation.||More apt to support reproductive rights than a cultural conservative.||Supportive of gays in the military. Lack of stance on marriage equality being usurped by cultural conservatives.|
|Neo-conservativism||Believe high unemployment is good for economy, believe in competitive income structures.||Take aim at social programs and work to disrupt the growth of welfare programs, larger govt. presence than classical conservativism.||Little emphasis placed on civil rights issues, usurped by cultural conservatives.||Little emphasis placed on reproductive rights, usurped by cultural conservatives.||Little emphasis placed on gay rights, usurped by cultural conservatives.|
|Cultural Conservativism||Strong belief in free-market capitalism and minimal govt. presence in the economy. Belief that being a good Christian who tithes will bring prosperity.||Small govt. presence in economic and social areas. Significant govt. presence in personal areas like contraception, marriage equality, and other private affairs||Strong religious presence influences beliefs that racial and ethnic minorities are inferior.||Pro-life, want heavy legislation, currently revisiting abortion and contraception legislation, champion abstinence being taught in schools||Anti-marriage equality and gays in the military|