I have ideas on how I think our city, province, country, continent, and planet might be better run. I want to write them all out so that I have a clear and concise stance… but there in lies the problem.
If you’ve been a human long enough you’ll be pretty familiar with the idea of labelling. Good labels, bad labels, neutral labels. I don’t like labels. Corporatist, Libertarian, Socialist, Conservative, Humanist.
I have to admit I’m a bit of everything.
I’m a corporatist to a point. I think corporations have every right to seek profit as long as they’re not hurting anyone or anyone’s environment.
I’m a libertarian to a point. I think the government should protect our privacy unless they have a warrant to investigate our communications. The government should never discuss social issues like personal health choices, who we choose to marry or what we choose to wear.
I’m a socialist to a very distant point. I think that most people would be correct in appling this label to me if we were to forego all my other opinions. Transit and infrastructure, health care (medical, dental & mental), welfare, daycare, insurance, finance, law enforcement, fire protection, government, military, and infrastructure should all be socialized. Five of these will stand out to anyone who lives in Canada (with the exception of Quebec who has socialized daycare) as things we don’t have. Finance and insurance are heavily regulated and therefore stable but I don’t think that goes far enough.
I am conservative to a point. I like a balanced budget and yes I think we pay far too little tax, especially the rich. I can hear the people shouting, “lock him up!” already. Sharpen your pitchforks.
I am a humanist and I like things that make sense.