Monday, April 1, 2013

Beyond Collectivism: Anti-Capitalistic Ideologies and Where They Stand

I've talked a bit recently about the ideologies stemming from early philosophers from the young Hegelian school of thought, and tied it to the general term, collectivism.  To focus this in the broader spectrum of various ideologies, I will be giving a short bucket list:

1) Communism - This ideology places all of the power of a country or state in the hands of government. Left Wing.

2) Anarchism - No Government. Right Wing.

3) Libertarianism - There is a role for government, but it should be strictly limited. Right Wing.

4) Tea Party - a Centrist Position.  Neither right nor left wing.

5) Soft Socialism - Refers to a "Mixed economy" in line with the european model.  Left Wing.

6) Fascism - A form of socialism. Left Wing.

Some, such as the tea party and libertarianism are explicitly pro-capitalism.  Others such as Fascism, Anarchism, and Communism are implicitly anti-capitalism.  Soft Socialism, as such, is neither explicitly anti-capitalism nor implicitly pro-capitalism.
The spectrum, in degree's of extremity of position, consists of the following.

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All of those on the left side are collectivist ideologies and all those on the right side are individualist philosophies. In fact, if one were to gauge the political spectrum as such, from communism on the farthest left to anarchism on the farthest right - one would seem to be, with the political orientation in our age as it is, conducting some perverse form of Criminology.

Truly, with the exception of the Tea Party and Soft Socialism, this would be an apt judgement in any capitalistic system worthy of its salt.


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