The Seven Party System

If there is one tidbit of knowledge we have gained from the wild and wacky 2016 presidential election thus far, it is that the two party system we have grown to hate is gasping for its last breaths of air. As badly as we hate each other right now, we can rejoice in that fact collectively.

In this post, I have broken our nation into seven distinct political ideologies that seem to be informing those of us engaged in the electoral process. It goes without saying that we are all individuals with our own unique beliefs, so no one fits exactly in to any of these seven boxes, but I think I’m on to something with this one. So, please take a look, spare a few moments for self-reflection, and see if you fit into one of the seven parties I believe are currently taking shape.

Leftists

  • Free Speech: Certain viewpoints may trigger or cause offense to historically oppressed peoples. These viewpoints are hate speech and are not protected by the First Amendment.
  • Religion: There is no God, and morals are subjective since we all experience the world differently. Christianity’s presence in the public sphere must be stomped out. However, Muslims must not be criticized for their cultural differences. Western imperialism is responsible for terrorism; Islam is not.
  • Economics: Workers, customers, the government, and the public at large deserve the vast majority of credit for all economic advancement. Entrepreneurs can only operate and control their businesses when they benefit the public. If their main concern is profit, the government should step in to make sure they pay their fair share to the rest of us. Taxes should be high for all, and especially high for the wealthy. We should persist in our struggle for wealth and income equality for all.
  • Foreign Policy: War is never the answer, and the military should be drastically reduced in size. Chaos in the Middle East and poverty around the world are direct results of Western Imperialism. Israel is to blame for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • Trade: Free trade only benefits transnational corporations. Taxes and regulations should exist to discourage investment abroad and purchasing of foreign products. Only nations that meet our high standard for working conditions should be considered for being trade partners.
  • Social Issues: All drugs should be legalized, regulated, and taxed, businesses should never be allowed to discriminate based on religious beliefs, Affirmative-Action-like initiatives should be expanded with an emphasis on diversity, private gun ownership should be illegal, and abortions through the third trimester should be available on demand.
  • Welfare: Education, healthcare, housing, food, unemployment benefits, childcare, and a host of other basic human needs should be provided by the government. This is the government’s key purpose.
  • Constitution: Founded on slavery, the Constitution is irrelevant.
  • Immigration: The United States, along with the rest of the world, should adopt an open border policy. We should welcome refugees with open arms too, because we’re all in this together.
  • Environment: Conservation of the environment is far more important than human prosperity. Sweeping regulations should exist to protect the environment from man.
  • Notable Leftists– Elizabeth Warren, Bill Ayers, Rachel Maddow, Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky
  • 2016 Candidate-Bernie Sanders
  • News Sources: Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, MSNBC

Democrats

  • Free Speech: While most speech is protected under the First Amendment, spreading dissent about issues like Climate Change is contemptible and should be prosecuted. Hate speech should be monitored as well.
  • Religion: Religious people who favor the right policies are tolerable, but Conservative Christians are not. There is no link between Islam and terrorism.
  • Economics: A progressive income tax should be implemented, and the government should manipulate the economy when it believes it will benefit society. Alcohol, cigarettes, sugar, and other unhealthy products should be taxed at especially high rates. Unions are beneficial for the economy, and mandates should exist to permit all workers to unionize.
  • Foreign Policy: Military forces and sanctions should be used to coerce nations abroad into accepting a Democratic style of government. It is our responsibility to remove dictators and replace them with leaders who reflect Democratic values. The military should be powerful, but should be decreased in size. Israel is not completely innocent, but Palestine has been more aggressive in their ongoing conflict.
  • Trade: The government is fully capable of negotiating the fairest and best trade deals with nations abroad. Trade agreements should exist between coalitions of nations across the world.
  • Social Issues: Marijuana should be legalized, regulated, and taxed, businesses should never be allowed to discriminate based on religious beliefs, Affirmative-Action-like initiatives should be expanded with an emphasis on diversity, gun purchasing should be made extremely difficult, and abortions through the third trimester should be available on demand.
  • Welfare: Education, healthcare, housing, food, unemployment benefits, childcare, and a host of other basic human needs should be provided by the government to all people.
  • Constitution: The Constitution is a living document and should only be followed textually when it suits the public good. Agreements made with the United Nations supersede Constitutional law.
  • Immigration: Peoples that are likely to vote in our favor should be welcomed into the country. Likely political opponents should face tougher barriers. Refugees should be welcomed and educated to vote for Democrats.
  • Environment: The government knows best and is most capable when it comes to protecting the environment. Businesses and human behavior should be regulated without apology. The threat of Climate Change presents an excellent opportunity for government expansion and global centralization.
  • Notable Democrats-Barack Obama, Al Sharpton, John Kerry, George Soros
  • 2016 Candidate: Hillary Clinton
  • News Sources: Washington Post, CNN

Neo-Classical Liberals

  • Free Speech: Ideas are the most precious resource in the universe. Every utterance, outside of yelling “bomb” on an airplane, should be protected. Opinions should be expressed and questioned in an academic format. The answer to bad speech is more speech.
  • Religion: God does not exist, but objective morality does. We can figure out what is moral by thinking deeply and talking to our neighbors. While religion should not be free from criticism, freedom of religion should be protected for all people as long as religious practices do not violate basic human rights. All religions are primitive and regressive, but Islam is uniquely and inherently violent. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but there is a direct relationship between Islam and terrorism.
  • Economics: While the old tradition of Classical Liberalism favors free markets, greed should be shunned, and businesses are accountable to the public and the environment. Leading a healthy, frugal, and thoughtful lifestyle will solve many economic woes, so campaigns and education promoting said lifestyle should be encouraged. Scientific research and renewable energy sources should be heavily subsidized by the government.
  • Foreign Policy: War should be avoided, but military action is sometimes necessary. Radical Islamic Terrorism is running rampant and, while often unsuccessful, conquests in the Middle East are sometimes justifiable. However, we have no businesses propping up dictators. Democratic life is not for everyone. Israel is not perfect, but clearly the victim in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • Trade: The government is fully capable of negotiating the fairest and best trade deals. Trade agreements should exist between coalitions of nations across the world. Free trade should be the aim of such deals.
  • Social Issues: Marijuana should be legalized, businesses should be allowed to discriminate based on religious beliefs in a few select instances, Affirmative-Action-like initiatives are sometimes necessary, but diversity of ideas is more important than diversity of ethnicity, private gun ownership should be more heavily regulated, and abortions through the second trimester should be legal.
  • Welfare: Generous safety nets should exist for the downtrodden, free education should be made available for qualified students from lower socioeconomic communities, and government-run, single-payer healthcare should be implemented.
  • Constitution: The basic principles of the Constitution are noble, enlightened, and important. While the Constitution should continue to be the law of the land, it should be updated to fit our more progressive values.
  • Immigration: Immigrants should be welcomed, but it is sometimes necessary to limit the amount of migrants entering the country, particularly when they come from nations whose values are in conflict with our own. We can accept refugees from abroad, but must be careful in doing so.
  • Environment: Climate Change is a great threat, but its potential should not be exaggerated. Climate skeptics and deniers must be debated and educated so they can be shown the errors of their ways.
  • Notable Neo-Classical Liberals-Sam Harris, Bill Maher, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Richard Dawkins, Dave Rubin
  • 2016 Candidate: N/A
  • News Sources: New York Times, Economist

Republicans

  • Free Speech: Free Speech should be unlimited, but words have consequences.
  • Religion: God is real, and my inalienable Rights are bestowed upon me by Him. No man can be truly moral without accepting God as his savior. While religion should never be forced upon anyone, and Atheists should be free to choose their path, there is no reason religion must be kept out of public view. Muslims are not evil, but Islam is. We should do everything in our power to convince Muslims to convert to a Judeo-Christian faith.
  • Economics: Capitalism is clearly the best economic system out there, but that does not mean we must follow it like a religion. Sometimes having government get involved makes things easier. Taxes should be low, but may need to be raised at times. Sometimes government subsidies are necessary for economic growth and job creation.
  • Foreign Policy: Military forces and sanctions should be used to coerce nations abroad into accepting a Democratic style of government. The military should receive heavy funding. While the United States does not have a perfect military record, our military and commitment to protecting freedom around the world have been forces for good. We should not be constrained by the United Nations, and Israel must be defended to the death.
  • Trade: The government is fully capable of negotiating the fairest and best trade deals. Trade agreements should exist between coalitions of nations across the world with free trade as the ultimate goal.
  • Social Issues: All non-medical drug use should be illegal, businesses should absolutely be allowed to discriminate based on religious beliefs, Affirmative-Action-like initiatives hurt the people they intend to help, the Right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and abortion should be illegal, but possibly allowed in instances of rape or a threat to the mother’s life.
  • Welfare: Aside from Medicare, Medicaid, and a few other programs for the truly needy, welfare spending should be drastically cut. Private charities are more effective at caring for the poor. However, it’s sometimes easier to fund welfare programs than to remain deadlocked in Congress.
  • Constitution: We would like to follow the Constitution, but sometimes it’s too difficult. We are absolutists on the Second Amendment, but the rest of the Bill of Rights is a bit tougher to work with. The 4th Amendment should not get in the way of protecting the homeland.
  • Immigration: Immigration should be encouraged, but controlled. Qualified immigrants are a great boon for economic growth, but illegal immigration is a serious problem. It should be expected that all immigrants awarded the privilege of entering our nation will respect our way of life by learning and embracing our language and customs.
  • Environment: If Climate Change is real, the private sector will have to handle it. The government is already regulating us far beyond an acceptable level and should not be tasked with reducing the rising of the oceans. The government can’t even balance a budget.
  • Notable Republicans-Marco Rubio, Joe Scarborough, Jeb Bush, Bill O’Reilly
  • 2016 Candidate: John Kasich
  • News Sources: Wall Street Journal, Fox News

The Alt-Right

  • Free Speech: Free Speech should be unlimited.
  • Religion: I call myself Christian, but the Bible does not run my life. Muslims are often dangerous, and Islam causes terrorism. We should monitor the behavior of Muslims inside and outside of our country.
  • Economics: Big business is in bed with government, and executive orders should be issued against corporations that favor profits over American workers. We should have a mostly free market just as long as American workers are protected, and a president with some business chops would be a huge plus.
  • Foreign Policy: Extreme measures should be taken against threats from abroad. Bombings, torture, imperialism, and Guantanamo-Bay-style imprisonment are due justice for those who dare to endanger the United States. However, we should not be the world’s police, and if foreign nations want our help, they should be ready to cough up some dough. The enemy of our enemy is our friend, and Israel isn’t all that special.
  • Trade: Free trade only benefits transnational corporations. Taxes and regulations should exist to punish investment abroad and purchasing of foreign products. Protect our jobs and our businesses first.
  • Social Issues: The states should handle drug laws, businesses should be allowed to discriminate based on religious beliefs, Affirmative-Action-like initiatives are racist, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and while Planned Parenthood should not receive public funding, abortions are sometimes necessary.
  • Welfare: Aside from Medicare, Medicaid, and a few other programs for the truly needy, welfare spending should be drastically cut. My tax dollars should not be given to someone who refuses to work.
  • Constitution: The Constitution does not matter much anymore. Our own representatives fail to follow it, so why should we? A powerful president that understands us is more practical.
  • Immigration: Immigrants are taking our jobs and endangering our way of life. We need a temporary pause on immigration until we can secure our borders. Any immigrant that enters the United States must speak English and accept American culture. We don’t go to their countries telling them what to do, so they should give us the same respect.
  • Environment: Global Warming is a hoax.
  • Notable Alt-Rightists-Chris Christie, Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter
  • 2016 Candidate: Donald Trump
  • News Sources: Brietbart, Drudge

Conservatives

  • Free Speech: Free Speech should be unlimited. Few of our principles are more absolute than this.
  • Religion: God is real, and my inalienable Rights are bestowed upon me by Him. No man can be truly moral without accepting God as his savior. While religion should never be forced upon anyone, and Atheists should be free to choose their path, there is no reason religion must be kept out of public view. Muslims are not evil, but Islam is. We should do everything in our power to convince Muslims to convert to a Judeo-Christian faith.
  • Economics: Capitalism solves all. It has been eradicating poverty and hunger since its inception, and should be allowed to run its course. Cronyism is to blame for wealth inequality and other economic woes, and these problems would subside if government would get out of the way. Low taxes, and preferably a flat tax rate, are crucial for economic growth and individual happiness and achievement. Bailouts and subsidies are unconstitutional.
  • Foreign Policy: The United States’ presence abroad is necessary. If we were to substantially scale back our participation in global affairs, chaos would likely ensue. While the United States does not have a perfect military record, our military and commitment to protecting freedom around the world have been forces for good. We should not be constrained by the United Nations, and Israel must be defended to the death.
  • Trade: Free trade is consistent with Capitalism and benefits all. Not only does it encourage investment from abroad and a willingness to import great products to our shores, it assists the needy across the globe in working their way up the ladder through job and wealth creation. Without free trade, poverty and despair would fester.
  • Social Issues: Marijuana legalization should be handled at the state level, businesses should absolutely be allowed to discriminate based on religious beliefs, Affirmative-Action-like initiatives hurt the people they intend to help, the Right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and while I believe all abortions are murder, the states should be allowed to decide their own policies.
  • Welfare: Aside from Medicare, Medicaid, and a few other programs for the truly needy, welfare spending should be drastically cut. Private charities are more effective at caring for the poor.
  • Constitution: “The people — the people — are the rightful masters of both congresses, and courts — not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it.”-Abraham Lincoln
  • Immigration: Immigration should be encouraged, but controlled. Qualified immigrants are a great boon for economic growth, but illegal immigration is a serious problem. It should be expected that all immigrants awarded the privilege of entering our nation will respect our way of life by learning and embracing our language and customs.
  • Environment: If Climate Change is real, the private sector will have to handle it. The government is already regulating us far beyond an acceptable level and should not be tasked with decelerating the rising of the oceans. The government can’t even balance a budget.
  • Notable Conservatives-Glenn Beck, Dennis Prager, Ben Carson, Mark Levin
  • 2016 Candidate: Ted Cruz
  • News Sources: National Review, Daily Signal

Libertarians

  • Free Speech: Free Speech should be unlimited. Few of our principles are more absolute than this.
  • Religion: Individuals have the Right to believe in or not believe in whatever they want, but morality is objective. Hurting people, taking their stuff, and violating contracts are immoral acts, and government exists solely to keep these things from happening. There is no doubt that a link exists between Islam and terrorism.
  • Economics: Not only is Capitalism the most efficient economic system known to man, it is also completely in line with objective morality. Capitalism’s only principles are private ownership and voluntary exchange, and any government actions taken outside these principles is cronyism. Taxes are theft, and if they exist at an obligatory level at all, they should only be used to pay for activities specifically authorized by the Constitution.
  • Foreign Policy: If attacked or facing an imminent threat, the military can respond with necessary force. Otherwise, we have no business sticking our noses in the matters of nations abroad. We should be polite to nations that match our values and openly critical of nations that don’t. We can support Israel with our words, but not with our dollars.
  • Trade: Free trade is consistent with Capitalism and benefits all. Not only does it encourage investment from abroad and a willingness to import great products to our shores, it assists the needy across the globe in working their way up the ladder through job and wealth creation. Without free trade, poverty and despair would fester.
  • Social Issues: The government has no Right to tell people what they can do with their bodies, private businesses should be allowed to discriminate against any customer for any reason, Affirmative-Action-like initiatives are immoral because they judge people based on involuntary, external factors instead of character and merit, the Right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and abortion is a tough issue that we’re still debating because we don’t have an answer as to when a person inherits Rights.
  • Welfare: The government has no Right to redistribute wealth. By removing welfare programs, individuals will learn to become more responsible for their own lives, and the wealthy will be more inclined and able to make voluntary charitable contributions which are more effective anyway.
  • Constitution: The Constitution is not perfect, but it’s close enough. We can compromise our ideals for the legal preservation of our most necessary Rights.
  • Immigration: Political lines should not prevent individuals from pursuing their own interests. We do not judge people based on their place of birth, but rather the content of their character. But if we’re forced to pay into welfare programs, we don’t want a raw deal. Immigration will have to be controlled until we know we won’t be paying for an immigrant’s free lunch. If the welfare state is abolished, we’ll call for open borders.
  • Environment: If Climate Change is real, the private sector will have to handle it. The government is already regulating us far beyond an acceptable level and should not be tasked with reducing the rising of the oceans. The government can’t even balance a budget.
  • Notable Libertarians-John Stossel, Ron Paul, John McAfee, Nick Gillespie
  • 2016 Candidate: Gary Johnson
  • News Sources: Reason, Cato
The Seven Party System

3 thoughts on “The Seven Party System

  1. Tim says:

    Just came upon this. I’ve actually had a VERY similar idea about a seven-party system, ironically right around the time this was written. The only difference is that instead of “Neo-Classical Liberals,” I would have a genuine centrist party.

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    1. Tim says:

      Although the other caveat would be that the Libertarians would be a more moderate version of what there is now. Basically just a combination of economic conservatism and social liberalism (kind of what Gary Johnson ran on).

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