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Subject:Terminology
Time:11:23 am
It is important when we discuss issues, especially those of a sensitive nature,that we use the correct terminology and understand the meaning of those words. This is meant as a beginning for future journal entries.


Group

Economy

Environment

Official Budget

Social Order

Civil Liberties

Religious Practice
ConservativeFFCCCF
Libertarian F F F F F F
Liberal C C F F F F
Socialist C C C C C C
C = Controlled by the government
F = Free from government control

The term "Democrat" or "Republican" has very little meaning in the US, because there are conservative Democrats (which usually lean liberal) and liberal Republicans (which usually have conservative leanings). There are other terms which I will discuss in later journal entries. But let me introduce them now.

Neo-Conservative (Neocon)
Radical form of conservative believing in tight federal power, media disinformation, religion as "an opiate for the masses" and unbalanced budgets, so as to "strangle the beast" of big government.


Maverick Republican (Maverick)
Radical form of a Republican believing in economic conservatism but in social liberalism.


Evangelical Conservative (Evangelical)
Radical form of a conservative believing strongly in government sponsorship and enforcement of Christian religious practice and social conformance to Christian ideals.


Progessive Christian (Progressive)*
Radical form of a liberal believing in government sponsorship of Christian ideals, but a "hands-off" approach to government when it comes to Christian practice and enforcement.


*Most progressives are Christian, but believe in multi-pluralism regarding religious practice. There is a belief in common values across religious/cultural boundaries.
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Time:2005-03-06 12:20 am (UTC)
What you classified as Socialism, most of european people'd call it Communism.
European Socialism is more or less CCCFFF.
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theprisoner6
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Time:2005-03-07 02:56 am (UTC)
I think you're right that there is a lot of variation on the term "Socialist".
In America, the socialist party advocates government control in its entirety. Honestly, that's was my gut definition.
In Europe, there is a lot of variation. I'm not sure this term is that useful when describing anything outside of the US, because Socialism is practiced very differently in France than it is in Britain or Italy.
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