Beyond Red and Blue: How Twelve Political Philosophies Shape by Peter S. Wenz

By Peter S. Wenz

On any given evening cable television information will let us know how polarized American politics is: Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Canada. yet in reality, writes Peter Wenz in past purple and Blue, american citizens don't divide smartly into ideological camps of red/blue, Republican/Democrat, right/left. In actual existence, as Wenz indicates, various ideologies can converge on definite matters; humans from the precise and left can help an analogous coverage for various purposes. therefore, for instance, libertarian-leaning Republicans can oppose the Patriot Act’s encroachment on own freedom and social conservatives can help homosexual marriage in view that it strengthens the establishment of marriage.

Wenz maps out twelve political philosophies—ranging from theocracy and free-market conservatism to feminism and cosmopolitanism—on which americans draw whilst taking political positions. He then turns his concentration to a couple of America’s so much arguable concerns and indicates how ideologically diversified coalitions can emerge on such hot-button subject matters as extending existence through synthetic potential, the battle on medicinal drugs, the battle on terrorism, affirmative motion, abortion, same-sex marriage, health and wellbeing care, immigration, and globalization.

Awareness of those twelve political philosophies, Wenz argues, may help activists enlist allies, voters greater comprehend politics and elections, and we all outline our personal political identities.

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It is crucial that all parties to the contract agree to it. A coerced contract, one signed with a gun to your head, is invalid. Contractarians believe that laws and public policies should similarly be what all affected parties would agree to without coercion; rules that everyone considers fair. So, the bottom line for contractarians is fairness and their basic reason for objecting to some laws and public policies is this: no one would agree to that if she put herself in the other person’s shoes.

Harken, Americans! To the injunctions of our Lord and Master, to his humble followers. ” I declare, that the very face of these injunctions appear to . . 13 In his second inaugural address, President Abraham Lincoln suggested that the bloody Civil War may be God’s punishment of the United States for having profited from slavery. ”14 Lincoln, it seems, came to rely for political policy on what he believed to be God’s will—the right as God gives us to see it. This is central to theocratic thinking.

17 Berman’s store was not blighted, but the neighborhood could not be cleaned up without its removal. ”18 New London is not blighted, O’Connor noted. ”19 O’Connor would allow takings needed to combat harm, but not those needed to confer benefits. However, the distinction between combating harm and promoting good is sometimes elusive. Although there are clear cases—theft harms people and free education benefits them—many cases are harder to classify. Forcing Susette Kelo and her neighbors to sell their property to spur economic development and create jobs may seem calculated to confer a benefit on the community through increased tax revenue and improved job prospects.

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