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Election Stuff to Consider

The new presidential elections will be getting going soon, and I think now is a good time to talk about types of political philosophies and how to identify them. Basically, everybody can be loosely lumped into two main categories – Maturist and Leftist/Statist. I am completely coining the term “Maturist” right here and now. You will not see it elsewhere.

Broad definitions:

Maturist – someone who understands bad things happen to good people, and take care to prepare for such things well in advance. They prefer to handle all problems themselves and are able to handle stress. They can turn calamity into fortune. They approach other people’s problems with logic and will help in meaningful ways that enable the other person. You know, acting maturely.

Leftist/Statist – a perpetual myopic child that cannot think more than a few weeks ahead and who will run to anyone in authority whenever something not exactly to their liking happens. They supplant their parents with government when they get older. Furthermore, they are arrogant and each considers him or her self to be the only person in the world with a conscious and by virtue of this, each feels that he/she must force the rest of the world through government to behave as he/she thinks they should. These are the people ruining our society.

Now, looking at these two it seems like it would be easy to categorize people into one or the other based on their political views, but it is not. There are various political views that are popular right now and different people can have more than one, as most people tend to pick the view they like the best for any given issue.

Let’s check out some distinctions:

Leftist/Statist views:

Socialism – This is the view that private property does not exist. Everything is inherently owned by the state and so it is up to the state to make sure that the proper people get what they need to support society. An example of this is welfare, where the property of a productive person (i.e. his/her money) is taken away by the state and given to an unproductive person.

  • People who have this view: Barrack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, most University professors, bureaucrats, most Democrats, George H Bush.

Fascism/Mercantilism – The idea that free enterprise is ok, as long as the government is the entity to pick the firms that engage in it. The reason these are paired is because the Mercantilists are the ones who put the Fascists in power and the Fascists ensure the Mercantilists are protected from competition. For example: The new debit card processing fee legislation. This will ensure that only the very large processors stay in business as it will obliterate their smaller competitors.

  • People who have this view: Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Government Regulators, George W Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Gingrich, Karl Rove, Dick Morris, most Republicans, Mike Huckabee, Hannity

Maturist Views:

Libertarian/Individualist – This is a view of “leave me alone and I’ll take care of it”. Most people of this persuasion view government intervention as unnecessary, and at times, outright hostile. They believe in private property. These are people that feel it is ok for people to make bad decisions as long as the decisions do not negatively impact other people. For example – “End the Fed” by Ron Paul.

  • People who have this view: Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, Rand Paul

Where the problems are:

If people were principled and firmly set in their views regardless of situation, then we could decide how to categorize them more efficiently. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Take Mike Huckabee for example – he’s all about reducing taxes and he wants to cut “government waste”, because those sound good, but at the same time he is all about turning to government for regulations and controls to ensure what he feels are “the right people” are the only ones that can engage in business. In other words, he’s a fascist dressed in maturist clothing.

The easy way of identifying a Leftist/Statist: If someone thinks that having government force people to be “better” is a good idea, then that is a Leftist/Statist. If someone is against out of control spending, against wars in far off places, against ballooning health costs, but is ok with having the government tell you what you can put in your body, where you can live, or if/how you do business, then that is a Leftist/Statist. Do you see the problem? Half sounds like maturist ideas and the other half are not.

If even ONE Leftist/Statist idea is ok with that person, then that person is a Leftist/Statist.

Consider this when you are reviewing the potential candidates this coming election.

Categories: Morality, Politics
  1. June 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Great article except you left out the Marxist Environmentalist catagory in the leftist/statist column.
    It’s too bad the country is not yet willing to accept the fact that we are in desperate need of a radical, constituional based overhaul of our entire system. Though I disagree to some degree with his position on diplomacy and foreign affairs, I think Ron Paul would be a great president for America’s well being.
    Unfortunately, until the masses are convinced that we’re losing what made us it’s not happening.

    • June 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      I believe Marxist Environmentalists fall squarely in the socialist camp. They believe everything – including the trees, water and air – belongs to the government. That’s the real definition of a “public good” – i.e. it belongs to the gov’t.

      I think the constitution leaves too much power to the government, but I would be ecstatic if we could get back to even that small of a government. Unfortunately, I agree with you that it won’t happen until the masses realize what they’ve lost. Everyone is terrified of not living 125 years, catching the flu, and that some dude with a big beard that is wearing a sheet in some far-off land might not like them… and the gov’t is all too happy to promise them protection against this in return for their blind obedience.

  2. June 19, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
    This famous quote has often been misquoted with the words “and are destined to lose both,” thrown in at the end. I’m not sure who originally modified Mr. Franklin’s common sense assessment but I truly wish the addition had been from the original quote as history has shown this statement to be remarkably accurate.
    I hope we can stop this before it goes to far.

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