[pp.int.general] Our ideology

Reinier Bakels r.bakels at planet.nl
Fri Jul 31 23:21:47 CEST 2009

> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nolan_Chart
The chart is a nice try, but - as the WikiPedia editors already decided - 
may not stand criticism.
Is "left wing" synonymous with strong personal freedom? In my perception, 
old-fashioned socialism requires strong state intervention in order to 
reduce income differences.

Populism imho does not belong in this scale at all: populism is dishonest 
politics based on (perhaps) popular but infeasible promises, and/or 
addressing artificial problems ("islamisation").

In my observation another important axis is conservatism versus progressive 
politics. Dutch politics has  the advantage of many political parties, so al 
examples can be found here:

socialist, conservative: SP
socialist, progressive: left greens ("groenlinks")
liberal, conservative: VVD
liberal, progressive: D66

And then there are the Christian Democrats who don't fit in any scheme 
except POWER.


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