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Lexikon

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I think we should all get to know each other. Feel free to comment, or ask questions about each other.

I'm Lexikon, I'm a registered Green Party Member. I consider myself a progressive centrist, and want to government to help us with developing new technologies, educating the citizens, and protect us, especially from ourselves. I do not believe the government should discriminate on race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and many other things in any way shape or form. I support decentralization and giving states more rights, such as when it comes to education and welfare, but realize that the federal government should try its best to perfect the states and not allow states to trample over civil liberties.

I only believe in free trade when the countries we're trading with have similar safety, labor, subsidies, and environmental standards. However, I think we should buy American to keep jobs here. Our government should also invest in high payoff jobs, research & development, and green energy.

I believe that the income tax is okay, but that there is a way of funding our government with out them, through things like sales taxes, property takes, capital gains taxes, and environmental and safety fines. Sales taxes discourages consumerism, property taxes convince people to not use our land, and capital gains tax punishes people for receiving money they didn't work for. Breaking traffic laws should be decriminalized and you should only pay a fine.

I support Rocky's presidency and am a member of these forums, and have told others about JP, but I'm not really involved in any other way.

What about all of you?

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I'm social democrat (not my real name).  And my name basically describes my political beliefs in a nutshell.  I'm a social democrat/democratic socialist, and I'm not afraid to admit it.  Unfortunately, most Americans have a skewed view of what socialism actually is.  Socialism is the democratization of the means of production.  Traditionally, it means the end of private modes of production, but it can also include private business and simply democratize it instead, in its social democratic form, and can be perfectly compatible with democracy.  Socialism means equality of opportunity and rights, regardless of class, race, gender, ate, religion, or sexual orientation.  Most Americans seem to think that it is simply authoritarian, inefficient government bureaucracy with no freedom or spendthrifts running public finances recklessly.  I think a lot of Americans are socialists or social democrats without realizing it, with Rocky being a prime example.  I'm also a passionate supporter of proportional representation, and a parliamentary system.  
JoshuaBudden

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I'm Josh.  A former centrist with libertarian leanings, turned progressive. Learning a bit more every day and doing my best to open others eyes as well.  No longer can I use "balance" as an excuse for apathy and inaction. Our liberties are under attack, while the completely wrong types of deregulation are destroying lives.

Lexikon, I gotta say I'm not a huge fan of heavy property taxes.  Land is one of the few things a person can own of real value.  If ownership becomes too burdensome, it will all end up in the hands of the wealthy.
Aaron Swisher

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Greetings All, my name is Aaron Swisher and I live in Boise, Idaho.  I have authored a book on political economics that puts forth a comprehensive economic plan that would revive the economy, balance the budget, and help us to solve our energy, environmental and social problems (all without growing the size of government).  I actually consider it a new approach in economic thought (as opposed to Keynesian or Supply-side economics).  Its titled Resuscitating America - An Independent Voter's Guide to Restoring the American Dream, and it's a pretty easy read.  Lexikon, you and Joshua would probably enjoy it.  Maybe most importantly, this book presents a plan that both centrist conservatives and centrist liberals could agree upon, which means we might finally have a way around the gridlock of Democrats and Republicans (if the word gets out about it).

Pleasure to meet everyone!



Artista

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Hello all ..Ive always been an Independent thinker regarding politics.  Over the past many years I have become more and more disgusted with the 2 party system. Especially after witnessing the after effects of when Ross Perot had been able to get into the Presidential General election debates. He shook things up for the 2 parties and they wanted to make sure that couldn't happen again. Super PAC's SHOULD be a warning sign and evidence to everyone that political corruption is REAL. The mainstream (yellow since the 80s) media tries their best not to make it so obvious.
Both Rocky Anderson and Buddy Roemer address this serious topic head on .
We MUST make sure Rocky is able to get into the Presidential election process and debates. AND  the White House.
julieanna

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Hi - Julieanna here in Los Angeles...with Bill et al. - here's interesting news - and reason to not fear voting "third" party!!   I was telling people that if Romney would get in because of "splitting the vote" with third party voting, a progressive uprising would occur more than now...a silver lining, even if a little more disastrous than Obama getting in...   This professor says the same thing, in different words and detailed explanation!

So, vote Rocky - vote the Values you believe in!!
VioletKnight

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This is Violet Knight. I'm actually Lexikon, and didn't know that the forums and accounts were moved to here, so I made a new account. oops. I haven't posted for a while but most of my views have stayed the same. Let me know if I should go back to the old account (I still have the password and everything)
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I consider myself a progressive centrist...


Centrist?  As in center of ... what?  I have never understood that term.  Please do explain what it means.

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VioletKnight

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I support various degrees of social equality (left wing) and social hierarchy (right wing).
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No Difference

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I support various degrees of social equality (left wing) and social hierarchy (right wing).


Social hierarchy, I think you would agree, implies some amount of inequality in order to achieve it.  Supporting various degrees of social equality must mean tolerance of various degrees of social inequality.

So, may I conclude from this statement then, that you support various degrees of social inequality?  In your opinion, who should be enjoying less equality than others?  That position sounds hostile toward people.

How substantively different is this, really, from any typical Right Wing position?

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VioletKnight

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I support various degrees of social equality (left wing) and social hierarchy (right wing).


So, may I conclude from this statement then, that you support various degrees of social inequality?  In your opinion, who should be enjoying less equality than others?  That position sounds hostile toward people.


I support the nuclear family over single parents, think citizens of the US should have more privileges than non-citizen immigrants, and I support tariffs and fair trade.

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How substantively different is this, really, from any typical Right Wing position?


I support racial and gender equality and believe in equal access to education and health care for US citizens.

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So if you support racial equality, say parity of blacks and whites, but oppose single mothers raising a child, what if a black single mother is raising a child?  Is she your equal or not?  To what degree do you exclude her or treat her as a lesser case of humanity?

Equality must be equality for all.   Partial equality results in partial inequality, and partial inequality leads to the same types of poor results as any other (positive) degree of inequality.   That's why I can't accept that position.

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VioletKnight

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So if you support racial equality, say parity of blacks and whites, but oppose single mothers raising a child, what if a black single mother is raising a child?  Is she your equal or not?  To what degree do you exclude her or treat her as a lesser case of humanity?


Single parent households, especially single mother ones, have been shown harm children, for various reasons. it should not be encouraged and we should give tax incentives to people who don't choose this path. Of course, if someone is a single parent because of tragedy or accident, then they should recieve help.

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No Difference

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Big stick approach.  Ok, just what this world needs.  More hostility toward people who may have problems we don't know the details of.   Great.  One more reason to check out of this sleazy joint.

I don't like violence, and I do not care to support policies that promote violence, and that includes inequality.  So I won't be supporting any party, movement, or organization that intentionally promotes violence by way of inequality.

The citizen and the neocon have nothing in common.

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Hi, I'm Mike and I am a recovering former Green.  I became disillusioned with the Green Party because it's support for every possible cause that might attract two votes.  I felt its support for minority group issues were too specific putting it in an impossible situation of preference of one minority over another and that these positions would only breed disunity.  Further, the Green economic plan is one that we may strive for but there is no map for getting from where we are today to where we want to be tomorrow.

I prefer the Justice Party because it is open to all comers regardless of political philosophies.  I consider myself a progressive with libertarian leanings on defense and foreign affairs.  Our nation is fractured by the two-party system and only by ending it will we achieve victory for all Americans.
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