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 pink and Blue, americans don't divide well into ideological camps of red/blue, Republican/Democrat, right/left. In genuine existence, as Wenz exhibits, varied ideologies can converge on convinced concerns; humans from the precise and left can aid an identical coverage for various purposes. therefore, for instance, libertarian-leaning Republicans can oppose the Patriot Act’s encroachment on own freedom and social conservatives can aid homosexual marriage considering 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 few of America’s such a lot arguable matters and indicates how ideologically assorted coalitions can emerge on such hot-button themes as extending existence via man made ability, the conflict on medicinal drugs, the warfare on terrorism, affirmative motion, abortion, same-sex marriage, future health care, immigration, and globalization.

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

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Because she was otherwise healthy, she could have lived another ten or twelve years, against her wishes. Where would the imposition of specifically religious views on the unwilling public stop? Many Christians, including Reverend Pat Robertson, Pulling the Plug 45 believe that God abhors homosexuality. Should theocrats be allowed to reimpose bans on homosexual behavior, even consensual sex in private? Should the state allow or require discrimination against homosexuals in housing and employment?

Because she was otherwise healthy, she could have lived another ten or twelve years, against her wishes. Where would the imposition of specifically religious views on the unwilling public stop? Many Christians, including Reverend Pat Robertson, Pulling the Plug 45 believe that God abhors homosexuality. Should theocrats be allowed to reimpose bans on homosexual behavior, even consensual sex in private? Should the state allow or require discrimination against homosexuals in housing and employment?

If the state treats some people as less important than others, the results are likely to be civil dissention and disharmony, which could ultimately endanger everyone’s security. Witness the “troubles” in Northern Ireland that lasted a generation in the late twentieth century. So, regardless of the divine mandate claimed by its proponents, the ideas that “all men are created equal,” that none should be slave to another, and that blacks and whites should be equal before the law, can also be seen as secular.

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