Preface: I in no way intend on creating a movement or a political action. I'm far too uneducated to even know how to organize such a thing, but I do wish to encourage research, honest thinking, and intellectual openness regardless of where your political compass points.
For the past month I've been trying to compile a list of ideologies that sync up to create what most people believe. In 2012 we have a string of ideologies that all have one common denominator; centrism.
The last decade split us by neo-conservatism, which I would argue is really not conservatism. Republican perhaps, but certainly not conservative. I suppose I could be marginalized philosophically into conceding my libertarian tendencies, but aside from that I really aim to be as analytical as possible when it comes to any political movement, law, or government ideal.
The other end, of course, was a series of democrat-run classes of congress who did enough to really flip the economy like FDR did, which I think in the back of every liberal-minded was what we anticipated.
As well, my basis comes from an interpretation of the Constitution, but even that has so much polarity in ideology that I suppose that is yet another denominator. However, I believe even within that We still hold a new dissent in our society, especially within our youth's ranks, which I consider myself a part of.
There are two categories to place us in; the Obama supporters and Paul supporters. Yes, I will admit there are those enthusiastic about the last staves of the GOP, but I rarely see these people, let alone hear them, really plant their flags of dedication. The Obama and Paul supporters can be separated by realism of the political system and those wishing for a stronger implementation of conservative ideals; smaller government, less intervention, et cetera.
In this decade, there is no more war mongering, there is no such thing as Social Darwinism (at least not on the grand scale it use to be), and there is a stronger acknowledgement of economic disparities between income levels. Reports have been made that the "Y" Generation will be seeing less equality economically than many of our past generations, meaning less opportunity, more restitution, and a larger rat race to the top of the financial hierarchy.
However, I feel more and more that young people want less to do with the competition because we've begun to realize that economic growth is a system unintentionally designed to exhaust resources.
Example, the libertarian in me wishes that we could have clunkiness when it comes to government intervention in the free market. To cut the bureaucracy in our government would alleviate our debt, our inherences, and our opportunity. The other side of me (I suppose you could call it my populist side) recognizes just what opportunity in the free market was in the last ten years (spoiler alert: it is/was terrible). That's not to say I don't have my hesitations about me. The free market did give us Google and Facebook, but it has also put strangleholds on people working in the lower class, which I am clearly a part of.
There is a notion in my mind that has been passed down for hundreds of generations: I'm only complaining because I'm young and lazy. I would have taken more stock in this ideal:
A. Before I really began my introduction in the post-graduation job market
B. If the facts are increasingly demonstrating that things are as bad as we imagined.
That's not to say that it won't get better. I believe in a world with a little violence as we've seen on a global level, We are allowing ourselves some breathing room for domestic issues to be the agenda in our society. In a decade, we've gone from holding foreign intervention being the forefront (I still remember watching Iraq being bombed when I was in middle school), to desiring as little unnecessary violence as possible. Something that really changed that ideology is seeing our friends and family come back from countries we couldn't point out on a map being so demoralized, desensitized and, to be quite frank about it, fucked by a government that was suppose to do everything humanly possible to make sure that these.
In the next few weeks I'm going to compile a list of themes, most of which have been touched on here. I feel a huge desire to ramble out everything, but for now I'm going to leave it as this. I always encourage everyone to really analyze everything they can when they have a belief, and as my first meditation concludes, I'm trying to consider exactly what we mostly have a grip on. There is no extremism in these essays because I believe We built a government that attempts to avoid such erasable tendencies...
Although, as Barry Goldwater said "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice".
I believe that the best embodiment (in song form) of our mass political ideology is best described below; an acknowledgement that we are not all special and a desire to just work.
Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"