Sunday, February 15, 2009

Radically Moderate

This will be a very short post which I will expound upon at greater length in due time. I just want to shed a little light on my choice of "Radically Moderate" as my Political View on my Facebook page.

Let me start with a quote by Grouch Marx “I'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member.” I'm not a joiner. I don't like labels. Once you put a label on something, you don't have to think about it anymore. I'm not a Republican. And I'm not a Democrat although I have liberal leanings and I tend to vote for Democratic candidates. I also have some libertarian leanings as well—I believe in the free market, limited government and the fewest possible constraints on individual liberties. Some of you will see that as being at odds with my voting record. Hence, the difficulties with labels.

Whenever one philosophy is taken to it's most extreme ends to the exclusion of all other philosophies and competing viewpoints, the results are usually disastrous (Nazi Germany, Stalin's Russia, The killing fields of Cambodia). That's because no one has a lock on Ultimate Truth. And if someone tells you they So that's why it's difficult for me to hitch my wagon to any one party or political philosophy. I prefer to analyze specific issues and candidates on their own merits.

In the interest of full disclosure I have to admit that I didn't make up the phrase "Radically Moderate." I stole it from Dan Carlin.

Listen to his podcast. He's a little abrasive in his delivery but I like this guy. He makes sense. And he knows something about history. If you want to talk about politics but you don't know anything about history, here's my advice—stop talking.

Well, I'll dig deeper into this later.

Thank you.