I think liberalism is often understood as a progressive ideology, but the roots of this word are rooted in classical liberalism and the philosophical pessimism of Thomas Hobbes as much as it is in the idealism of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
While I do believe that progressivism and liberalism have some objectives in common, I do believe that competition, free markets, and realism are important elements missing from the former.
I do agree in redistribution of monetary funds to rebalance the market, but I also support individual rights and have a respect for labor, and the american virtue of self-reliance and individualism.
However, fundamentalism creeps its way into every philosophy, and liberalism has been twisted into two groups: you are either a libertarian anarchist or an environmentalist scientific materialist.
The problem is that we have a society of capitalists who seek to make money off the work of others, instead of a society where individuals prosper off their own self-determined economic routes.
On one corner is the religious dogmatists, and in the other, the irreligious fanatics. All who suffer live in the middle; representing a minority of moderate, secular-spiritual persuasion.
Usury and anarch-capitalism will be defeated. All fundamentalism, be it zionist, christian, islamist, ideological – will be defeated.
Libertarian wave in America. Not sure if it’s a good thing. Label themselves crusaders of genuine freedoms; as does the Republican Party which takes us to war and deprives us of individual rights.
I am all for individual freedom but I don’t know if Libertarians bring anything new – they seem to echo the same message as republicans without having actual plans. All libertarians seem to do is point out the problem. They criticize. They judge. But they have no alternative – no solution – which makes me think their idea of what the problem is might be in fact wrong – which ultimately perpetuates these problems for all americans.
Rand Paul calls for low taxes and less government. He wants involvement in some conflicts abroad but not all. Well, dear Rand Paul, it seems you are part of the wrong political party because we are in involved in every country in the world precisely because of the Bush doctrine of preemption.
I am no fundamentalist by any means because I never want to feel like my beliefs are trampling on the freedom of another. I do respect self-reliance and I do acknowledge that in our world there is potential for certain people or groups to abuse the laws of nature and to use power for the wrong reasons – like starting war, protecting interests, for the sake of vanity, bigotry, greed, etc.
Rand Paul and the Republicans love portraying themselves as the harbingers of justice – the true americans – protecting individual freedom.
Why do you support the Republican Party? Why are you Islamo-phobes? Why don’t you acknowledge the flaws of anarchical-capitalism as exhibited first hand by close Bush-family ally Saudi Arabia? If you are champions of individual rights why do you discourage social liberty and promote conservative controls of human behavior?
Republicans and Libertarians love portraying Democrats as the anti-christ; as the enemies of individualism simply because they do not advocate it to such an extent that ends up violating the individual rights of others. You see dear friends, there is a huge difference between capitalism and imperialism – the latter being the product of fundamentalist-capitalism, bigotry, and fascism.
There is no perfect system, or ideology. Only God is perfect. The rest is subjective. We must deal with society with this in mind – distinguishing between true individualism and pseudo-individualism. The problem of today’s world is precisely that – the Pseudo.
More than 100 people including women and children were killed by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday in Homs. [REUTERS]
Syria’s conflict began as a peaceful protest movement in March 2011 and has since become a full-scale civil war that has claimed more than 60,000 lives. [REUTERS]
In an interview with RT Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied allegations of a full fledged Syrian civil war. There could be no functioning state if this was a full fledged civil war, he argues. Whether this is accurate or not, no one can be fully sure, nor about the fate of Syria.
How many more people must die? How much longer must Syrians, and the rest of the Arab world, including Palestinians, suffer from political unrest and injustice?
Instead of criticizing President Obama for all his shortcomings — or ‘alleged’ shortcomings I should say — people should be a little more grateful and focus on his accomplishments, his agenda, and his genuine sentiments.
I think so far, the President has successfully acted upon his convictions. His accomplishments in the avenues of healthcare, immigration, and foreign affairs are quite impressive, given the mess he inherited from his predecessor.
As long as people remember why President Obama came to office and how he won, and as long as people learn to understand that the will of the goodness is the will of God, than we the people will see greatness unfold before us. We cannot lose faith in our beliefs, and we must trust in the man whom we envision as the representative of our moral ideals for this country and the greater world.