Social Liberal

9.4% scored Social Liberal out of 52339 total takers for the new Version 7.

12.9% scored Social Liberal out of 302551 total takers for the old Version 6.

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Description

You want government out of people's personal lives, but desire more government control over people's economic activities. This puts you midway between President Barack Obama and former Governor Gary Johnson.

There is no political party that represents your views. The Green Party does run many candidates with similar views, but the overall Green Party platform is much more socialistic than you are. There are some Democratic Party office holders in this region, but most are south of you on the Nolan Chart. Possibly the closest party to your views is the new Modern Whig Party, but they are just getting started.

A mix of Democratic, Green, and Libertarian politicians in office would provide the balance of freedom and social justice you desire. The ratio between these depends on how high up your dot is on the chart.


Political Campaigns, Parties, and Organizations

Modern Whig Party Logo

A common sense pragmatist third political party. What a concept! At least, that is what the Modern Whig Party claims to be. Looking at their web site their views seem to range from centrist to moderate left-libertarian.

A new party. Whether it gets off the ground remains to be seen.

Two green parties to choose from:
The Greens/GPUSA Green Party of the United States
Justice for All

Democratic Party

Not happy with the existing parties? Would you like to see a political party that was concerned about freedom and equality? Would you like to shrink big government and big corporations?

I am contemplating starting such a party. This is not a trivial undertaking! However in my manual on how to start a new political party I seriously address the challenges inherent in third party politics in the United States. Third parties generally fail, because the system is rigged against third parties. However, there are a couple of interesting loopholes...

How to start a New Political Party

Democratic Freedom Caucus The Democratic Freedom Caucus. Yes, there is a caucus within the Democratic Party that calls for smaller government, but like other Democrats, they are greatly concerned with equality.

Freedom and Equality

Tired of insider trading and domination by the big corporations? Would you like to have a more stable economy? Then check out Finance and Freedom. There, you will learn the keys to a small business dominated economy, a smaller wealth gap, and more. Finance and Freedom

The Free Liberal

Want to narrow the gap between rich and poor? How about having the government give money to the poor? Well, we are trying that now via welfare, but the results are mixed: the poor do get help but they are in the process encouraged to stay poor. The solution: give free money to everyone! Unconditional money helps the poor while leaving plenty of incentive to do the things become less poor. Think it's too expensive? See the numbers and decide for yourself. Free Money for All

The Progress Report The Progress Report
God's Welfare System

If you are a Christian as well as a liberal, check out God's Welfare System. This article shows how the poor were supposed to be taken care of during Old Testament times. There are some ideas there that are useful to this day. And you get to have fun with Republican members of the Religious Right when you can point out how the Law of Moses calls for an extensive welfare system while at the same time calling for no money for the police or the military.

Utopias and Dystopias

Just what is the optimal type of government? If government should be big, what should it do and who should run it? If government should be small or nonexistent, what should take its place? Should we embrace The Singularity or should we retreat back to Ecotopia? Is democracy optimal, or should we go back to monarchy? Maybe we should just let the mafia run things...

Sometimes the best way to explore these questions is to run a mental simulation through fiction. And so writers have promoted their ideas in utopian fiction and blasted ideas they disliked in dystopian fiction.

Here is an eclectic list of some of my favorites. You will find dystopias with runaway government which makes you long for liberty, and runaway corporations which make you long for more government. There are hippytopias and conservative Christian utopias. There are stealth utopian works disguised as comedies and even a crime novel. And there are few which are ambiguous as to whether they are utopian or dystopian works.

Not included here are the usual suspects. For the most part I have also omitted overly preachy works; I made a very few exceptions because the utopias described were just so different as to make the works interesting on that count. The rest stand on the merits of their interesting plots. Enjoy.

This is the short list. For more utopian and dystopian works see here.

The Good Government Reading List

Regardless of your core political values, this list of books on law, economics, politics, and social problems should add useful items to your mental toolset. These books (and one TV series) range from easy to challenging.