nucklepunche wrote:Increasingly I am coming to a position that is increasingly liberal-tarian, or a synthesis of modern American liberalism and libertarianism.
I see it a sort of an antipode to American conservatism, which itself is a fusion between traditional conservatism and libertarianism.
I define this liberal-tarianism, or liberal/libertarian hybrid ideology as economic moderation, social libertarianism.
On economics I am strongly supportive of a free market however I believe that at times the state must intervene to prevent monopolies from arising and the concentration of corporate power from destroying competition.
I am a supporter of free trade, free labor (against compulsory unionism), and free exchange of ideas (in contrast to many right-libertarians, I favor scaling down patent laws to limited terms to promote invention, as originally conceived, and limiting copyright to prohibit only excessive infringements
like for instance opening a business called "McDonald's" with an identical appearance and menu to the real McDonald's and portraying it as part of the larger McDonald's corporation while not being a portion of it).
I oppose most regulations inhibiting the operations of businesses and oppose licensing laws when they are designed to protect established businesses and not to protect public safety and health (which are reasonable examples of licensing).
However in spite of this I do favor moderately progressive taxation (with fewer loopholes than we have now) and a social safety net.
On social issues I believe simply in the idea of live and let live, if it is not directly harming anybody else, the state should not be able to legislate for or against it.
I support strong civil liberties and strict adherence to the Bill of Rights.
On defense I (somewhat conservatively) support a strong military to deal with threats from totalitarian regimes like Iran and North Korea.
Sounds like you'd fit in right at home with my pan-national party. There is a vacancy for leader of the US party if you hurry.