Social Policy Blog Post 1, or “Let’s get mad!”

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