liberal within the next 50 to 150 years in terms of the sociopolitical and sociocultural indicators such as marriage, gender roles, religion, the role/definition of family, LBGT issues, sexuality, social programs, education, and the government? Explain your reasons therein.
Perhaps we will become thinkers based on a bigger picture beyond right / left. I hope we will transcend polarity by determining what is true and beneficial for all.
America's sociopolitical climate can either become more conservative or more liberal depending upon the factors and variables involved. For example, if the socioeconomic climate of America worsen, people may become more conservative in that their basic needs and livelihood is threatened and they want a strong armed businesspeople who is quite adept at generating jobs to boost the economy. Also, if the sociopolitical culture worsen, they will be a strong likelihood become more conservative, worrying about their and their family's safety and will elect a strong, conservative, law and order person who will be tough on crime.
It can happen the other way around socioeconomically, if the socioeconomic climate of America worsen, the people can rebel against the current form of government and go more to the left, becoming increasingly liberal and elect a candidate which will set stringent government regulations and social programs regarding business operations, an example of this is the late Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Depression. If the socioeconomic conditions of America becomes better, America could become more liberal as the basic needs are taken care off so there is more room for socioeconomic and even sociocultural experimentation. No one factor and variable is the sole determinant as to whether the socioeconomic, sociopolitical, or sociocultural aspects of American society will be become more liberal or more conservative within the next 50-150 years. Such factors and variables can be quite fickle and are never constant.
Historically the pendulum swings back and forth, keeping "the silent majority" always somewhere in the middle eventually. We seem to be becoming more moderate after the extremes since 9/11.
Socially? Sure as hell better be liberal, or else I'm going to go play in traffic before the goose-stepping begins.
Fiscally? Eh, whatever works.
So you think the conservatives are (socially) like the leaders of the Nazis?
Just as the extreme left is Anarchism, the extreme right is Fascism.
And I'd much prefer Anarchism.
Well, yeah. But if it came down to that choice, you gotta go with the lesser of two evils.
The problem there is that you are using a dualist model of political systems. A more adequate model would be two dimensional like this: http://www.politicalcompass.org/analysis2
A good labeling model MIGHT look like this:
Uncle Sam Is Giving You The Finger ( A response to gmwilliams © 2014 wrenchBiscuit)
The short answer to your question is: America will stay the same; going back and forth from right to left. Only a bloodbath of epic proportions, or the intervention of an alien, or supreme benevolent being, will bring about any significant changes.
Here is the big skinny:
We would not expect a stock Nissan Versa to win the Indianapolis 500.Why? Because it has not been designed as a racing car, and lacks the capability of competing in such a race.
We can look at the human being in the same fashion.The average IQ has been estimated to be between 90-110. A person operating within this range does not have the capacity to lead, but only to follow.Consequently, the average United States citizen is a follower.
The notion of liberal versus conservative values is simply one aspect of a scripted play that includes a variety of staged events. For instance, the Abolition of Slavery was a scripted and staged event.The Civil Rights Movement of the 50's and 60's was a scripted and staged event; each event designed to create an illusion of social progress. The Gay Rights movement can be understood in the same manner.
To better understand the function of liberalism and conservatism in a capitalist system, we can visualize a man moving a single finger from right to left in front of a cat. Invariably, the cats head will follow the finger. The cat is mesmerized by the motion, and is bound to follow the movement. The average human being is also mesmerized by the motion of politics and -ism. Each -ism, as previously identified, is simply the right or the left motion of the same finger. But instead of being moved by the intention of a solitary man, these -isms are motivated and kept in motion by a Capitalist System.
By focusing the attention of the masses upon such movements, the ruling elite are able to move society in the desired direction with less interference, and a more willing compliance to any future restrictions.( The Patriot Act comes to mind ) Conservatives are distracted in an effort to keep the pendulum from swinging too far to the left, and vice versa.
The only escape from this madness is to stop following the movement of the finger. We cannot "improve" a capitalist system by working within the system to make positive change. This is a very popular myth, but there is no historical evidence to prove that such a feat has ever been accomplished. Whether liberal or conservative, in the big picture, it makes very little difference. A doctor has never cured a victim of cancer by working within the"system", but only by destroying the corruption.
It would be unkind to suggest that as a nation of followers, the American people are entirely at fault for their seemingly hopeless predicament. Having the advantage of being raised on a farm, I understand that the cows, the pigs, and the chickens we slaughtered were in no way responsible for their own unfortunate
demise. Sometimes, I would hold the chicken to the ground as my father, using a very sharp butchers knife, would quickly severe it's head. When I let go of the chicken, it would usually jump up and run headless across the backyard; running to the left, and then running to the right; perhaps looking for the decapitated head that my father still held in his hand.
The American is the headless chicken running to and fro, desperately seeking the answer. But the man behind the curtain holds the answer in his hand, and I assure the American people, he has no intention of giving it back.
To Kathryn L Hill,
First of all, I have always had a crush on you, but I have not allowed such base human instincts to cloud my vision.
Anarchy has been erroneously defined in various ways. Usually in the negative by capitalists, since it is essentially the antithesis of violence,oppression, and greed. In her great literary work entitled: "Anarchism and Other Essays", Emma Goldman, who was perhaps one of the greatest Euro-American's who ever lived, defined Anarchy as follows:
" Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think. The widespread mental indolence, so prevalent in society, proves this to be only too true. Rather than to go to the bottom of any given idea, to examine into its origin and meaning, most people will either condemn it altogether, or rely on some superficial or prejudicial definition of non-essentials."
"Anarchism urges man to think, to investigate, to analyze every proposition; but that the brain capacity of the average reader be not taxed too much, I also shall begin with a definition, and then elaborate on the latter".
" ANARCHISM:--The philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary."
In other words, Anarchism is more in line with the teachings of Jesus than any of the other -isms.
I must ask you, Kathryn L Hill: Where have you lived on this Earth, where there was such a perfect Anarchistic society? I would like to go there. And perhaps, we could go together!
Anarchy |ˈanərkē| noun
"a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority." D
Who hasn't experienced this?
"Anarchy has more than one definition. Some use the term "Anarchy" to refer to a society without a publicly enforced government.
I believe in common sense boundaries such as the Ten Commandments, laws which guarantee justice, and for fences around one's property. Freedom can only exist within boundaries, as far as I know.
I wonder who else agrees with: " ANARCHISM:--The philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary."
"I wonder who else agrees with: " ANARCHISM:--The philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary."
This has never seemed to serve us well, in history.
- wrenchBisquit mentioned a perfect Anarchistic society. I have no clue what that could be? Maybe I should start a forum discussion.
Good idea, you should.
They had a crush on you? lol! that's cute!
Yes, he wants to go away with me to somewhere on this earth where there is a perfect Anarchistic society. We should all go! What a trip. But, eventually we would have to make some rules. And then all would be great for awhile until someone gets bored. Boredom. Thats where the problems always start. Maybe on another planet, wrenchBisquit, where the inhabitants have stronger Inner Lives.
lol! If there are rules, it wouldn't be anarchy
Thats what I mean... after awhile, we would have to set forth rules! I hope he returns to explain how it could work out without rules, laws, boundaries!? Although, I have heard that some Indian tribes did not have chiefs. The members of the tribe knew how to behave and everyone fell into place naturally. How would that work? Now, I am really curious!
That is very interesting. I think the Native Americans had a lot they could have taught us, had we not sought to eliminate them...
Well, without the help of the Indians, I don't think the white man would have been able to survive here. Unfortunately, the white man got bored of getting along with the Indi… uh….. Native Americans.
The Native Americans also have views about life, nature, and our connection to it that I find fascinating and helpful in personal/spiritual growth.
lol you don't have to be politically correct with me, unless of course you want to be. I'm just accustomed to saying it that way, because my great-grandmother was Cherokee. Unfortunately, I took after my mom's side only and am a short-tempered red-head with no resemblance to that ancestry. lol.
By the way, Ashton, do you play piano? Piano teaches one to be very conscious and attentive to details. You seem to have this skill.
Thank you for the compliment. You caught me off guard a little, but who says we can't be random? lol. Yes I play piano. Since I was about 6.
You are very lucky. I stopped teaching myself (my parents handed me the beginning piano books) at about age 9. I have been taking private lessons for a year now. So, now I play like a ten year old! I like Fiona Apple. But she was caught near the border with hash! augh! I guesss she got bored.
LOL. Well keep it up! You probably play much better than I can. I can read notes, but to me it's tedious. If I hear a song over and over, I can play it. Playing the piano becomes natural once you know the sound of every key. It's like musical poetry. When you need an emotion, an expression, an idea, you know which notes to push, and you create impromptu poetry. I love the piano.
Yes, I love to improvise. You explain it well. Do you record? I record on tape! I have a drum machine and an upright piano. I love to compose. This is what I mean by Inner Life. There is so much to do here on earth that is creative and exciting. Especially with modern technology... How can anyone get bored? Maybe people choose political sides out of boredom. Who knows!
Wow a drum machine? Impressive! I record and compose some but not much. What is the style of music you compose? Is it meant to be accompanied by other instruments, or is it solo?
Well, I compose in 3/4 time and then put it to 4/4. It is gentle rock, rythym and blues. Toward the indi side. I like Silversun Pickups. They started as a local band here in Hollywood/ Silver Lake. I usually start with poetry and turn them into lyrics. Lyrics first for me, before the tune…
Our government will attack one of our city and will blame the Muslims (our Christian ancestry will fear again), the Russians (they are regaining their former diplomatic power) or the Chinese (given that China will NEVER give precedency to foreign companies over the Chinese growing demand) and we will give them "carte blanche" to drone in our name but for the elite's interests.
In choir, we will take shelter under our government's wing. Ya, without me.
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