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« on: May 02, 2012, 09:35:02 am »
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I am not sure, this is the right thread, but Ive been wondering:

Why are there so relatively few parties (in multi party systems) covering the social conservative/ economic left position?

Social liberal/Economic left and SoCon/Economic Right are the standard combos.
Economic Right/ Social Liberal is fairly common - half the Liberal parties  in Europe belong to this group.
But SoCon/ Economic Left almost never seems to get off the ground. It is a fairly large group of people who have that combination of beliefs in most Western societies, especially among blue collar workers, so why doesn't it "produce" more parties?

(I know you could argue, that some SocDem parties are somewhat SoCon, but still, this is not "the real deal".)
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2012, 09:36:01 am »
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Don't a lot of the "far-right" European parties basically fit in with that?
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2012, 09:51:56 am »
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The idea that the quadrant that some on-line quizzes use is the nec plus ultra in terms of accurately describing the possible ideological positions one could take within a given context, is obviously a little bit misguided.

That said, the Christian Democratic parties of Western Europe are traditionally dedicated to 'achieving the goals of the Left trough the means of the Right.'
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2012, 10:10:32 am »
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Don't a lot of the "far-right" European parties basically fit in with that?

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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2012, 11:01:19 am »
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The idea that the quadrant that some on-line quizzes use is the nec plus ultra in terms of accurately describing the possible ideological positions one could take within a given context, is obviously a little bit misguided.

That said, the Christian Democratic parties of Western Europe are traditionally dedicated to 'achieving the goals of the Left trough the means of the Right.'

A little condescending...

The idea that you can place ideological positions along a socio-economic and a valuebased axis is derived from political science and not invented by internet posters. It covers most of the ideological positions of modern Western politics and is a useful descriptive and analytical  tool.

Regarding the right wing populism with a genuinely left wing economic policy it is actually quite rare. A Danish trade unionist Preben Møller Hansen established a party with this combination called "Common Course" in the late 80s (he was a sailor by trade), but never got more than about 3-4% in the polls, when the party was most popular. You could probably find other examples, but none that I can think of top of my head, so it cant be that many.

Christian Democrats are almost always centre-right on economics in practice. So again, not the "real deal". FF in Ireland fits the bill slightly better, but where too centrist on economics even in their most leftwing periods.
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2012, 11:41:39 am »
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I completely agree.In the UK such a party could easily win dozens of seats in South Wales and the North of England, in areas like Liverpool or Hull. Frank Field would be an awesome PM.
Even though I'm a Right-Liberal I prefer Left-Conservatives as they're not utterly logically Inconsistent as I feel many Left-Liberals are.
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2012, 01:51:23 pm »
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2012, 03:24:32 pm »
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Because that pretty little chart that has become so absolutely and utterly ubiquitous on the internet does not actually represent any kind of reality. Political parties represent interests, in one way or another, and that's how they win votes (or don't).
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2012, 03:32:16 pm »
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Because that pretty little chart that has become so absolutely and utterly ubiquitous on the internet does not actually represent any kind of reality. Political parties represent interests, in one way or another, and that's how they win votes (or don't).
Are you suggesting that few people find such a position to be in their interest?
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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2012, 04:26:07 pm »
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My impression is social conservatives are generally more traditionalist and authoritarian than most people, and those who are left-of-centre on economic issues are especially more willing compared to other groups when it comes to codifying their stringent interpretations of morality. However, the normatively conformist folks in an economically centrist or right-of-centre society are not going to vocally advocate for left-wing goals unless they become convinced such an agenda is legitimized by an urgent higher calling or a serious religious mandate (e.g., liberation theology in Latin America).

That is to say, in a place like the States a lot of social and classical liberalists, social democrats, and democratic socialists seem to be relatively non-conforming - not caring enough about traditions and social norms to enforce them all using state coercion, whereas the socons and some of them pseudo-libertarian types really do care enough to make many tenets of their respective cultures into law. The ones with leftist sympathies on economic matters are conservative on most issues - not just "social" ones - hence they go along with a mixed economic agenda and perhaps utilize community service and charitable donations (which are culturally approved of) rather than politics (which would be a deviant break from old, tried-and-true methods) as their outlet for compassion?

It would be the socons with right-of-centre views who would usually not have their own parties in a world where socialist policies are the well-established norm. The capitalists amongst socons, in their conservative political mindset, would ally with mainstream factions rather than break off on their own to form some kind of radical alternative. The changes to society they want have to stay within the bounds of traditional norms and policy goals. Likewise, in a sufficiently secular society, socons would be anti-religious even as they treat their views with reverence and tend to think of folks as fitting into hierarchies of superior and inferior positions. Or is there a better explanation?

Edit: This would also account for Pingvin's observation. In Russia some conservatives and many reactionaries adhere to Marxist-Leninish or Stalinish views on the economy - their yearning for tradition and restoration of the good 'ole days involves a throwback to aspects of Soviet rule as opposed to what the paleoconservatives here conjure up in their minds about the States' past.
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2012, 06:53:37 pm »
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Are you suggesting that few people find such a position to be in their interest?

I'm suggesting that such a position is basically fictitious. The whole quadrant business is fun and all, but it doesn't reflect political (or any other kind of) reality.
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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2012, 07:04:58 pm »
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Are you suggesting that few people find such a position to be in their interest?

I'm suggesting that such a position is basically fictitious. The whole quadrant business is fun and all, but it doesn't reflect political (or any other kind of) reality.
Sure it is more difficult to place entire parties.  But then those compasses are mostly meant to help individuals place themselves relative to others.
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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2012, 04:08:13 pm »
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The arbitrary divide between the "social" and  the "economic" has always irritated me.
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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2012, 06:02:11 pm »
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The political compass is one of the worst things to ever happen to political discourse. People should really stop trying to make it apply to real life.
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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2012, 07:18:52 pm »
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The political compass is one of the worst things to ever happen to political discourse. People should really stop trying to make it apply to real life.
This is not about some damn internet compass. It is about the two axis - the value based  and the socio-economic, that political scientists use to describe attitudes to political issues. If you combine them you get four positions. This distinnction is based on polling of people. So real life opinions translate into the four positions. Not the other way round. Stop this internet compass nonsense.
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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2012, 10:05:13 pm »
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« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2012, 03:50:49 am »
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Are you suggesting that few people find such a position to be in their interest?

I'm suggesting that such a position is basically fictitious. The whole quadrant business is fun and all, but it doesn't reflect political (or any other kind of) reality.
Sure it is more difficult to place entire parties.  But then those compasses are mostly meant to help individuals place themselves relative to others.

     But the compass is itself a simplistic way of viewing the world, as if every position can be broken down into left vs. right or libertarian vs. authoritarian, with utter homogeneity in either camp. The Nazis supported some policies that were "economically left", but their rationale for espousing these policies was in no way left-wing.
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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2012, 08:40:42 am »
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The workers emancipation discourse would hardly come in opposition to other kinds of emancipation. Such a position is fated to fringe groups. My country is probably one of the few places this can work. The average Brazilian is a social-democrat ultra-traditionalist. As ever, this kind of thought is linked to heavy christian influences, as if It was a compromise between christian-democracy and the christian left.

As for the cute graphs, they fail to realize that politics is about goals, not about policies. That moral-politics chart was the only that tried to deal with this, but I can't find It anymore.
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« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2012, 08:04:54 am »
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Katter's Australian Party?
Not really a major party though.

In fact the older version of the Nationals used to be like this.
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« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2012, 04:14:56 am »
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What you call social issues are usually just part of politics to the extent that they are important for identity. In fact, I'd say the US is one of relatively few places (in the West at least) where this is an important part of the political divide.
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« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2012, 06:58:05 am »
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What you call social issues are usually just part of politics to the extent that they are important for identity. In fact, I'd say the US is one of relatively few places (in the West at least) where this is an important part of the political divide.
Immigration and law and order plays this role in most European countries with a clear divide between hardliners and softies. Preferring a tough line on those issues is certainly important for the identity of many working class males.

I don't know enough about Sweden to say if you fit this pattern, but in Denmark the divide between "social"/value based issues and socioeconomic ones is very clear. A party like Det Radikale Venstre (Social Liberals) is basically a club for those that are left wing on value based issues and right wing on economics, while the Danish Peoples Party is the exact opposite.
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« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2012, 07:35:12 am »
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What you call social issues are usually just part of politics to the extent that they are important for identity. In fact, I'd say the US is one of relatively few places (in the West at least) where this is an important part of the political divide.
Immigration and law and order plays this role in most European countries with a clear divide between hardliners and softies. Preferring a tough line on those issues is certainly important for the identity of many working class males.

I don't know enough about Sweden to say if you fit this pattern, but in Denmark the divide between "social"/value based issues and socioeconomic ones is very clear. A party like Det Radikale Venstre (Social Liberals) is basically a club for those that are left wing on value based issues and right wing on economics, while the Danish Peoples Party is the exact opposite.

Is the DFP as pro-welfare as made out to be ? After all, they backed the right's economic policies pretty loyally.
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« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2012, 12:09:36 pm »
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What you call social issues are usually just part of politics to the extent that they are important for identity. In fact, I'd say the US is one of relatively few places (in the West at least) where this is an important part of the political divide.
Immigration and law and order plays this role in most European countries with a clear divide between hardliners and softies. Preferring a tough line on those issues is certainly important for the identity of many working class males.

I don't know enough about Sweden to say if you fit this pattern, but in Denmark the divide between "social"/value based issues and socioeconomic ones is very clear. A party like Det Radikale Venstre (Social Liberals) is basically a club for those that are left wing on value based issues and right wing on economics, while the Danish Peoples Party is the exact opposite.

Is the DFP as pro-welfare as made out to be ? After all, they backed the right's economic policies pretty loyally.
Most of the time the Conservative-Liberal VK government wasnt particulary right wing on welfare issues, but its true that DPP voted for some cuts in the final phase of the government to keep it in power, since they knew their influence would more or less disappaer if it fell. Of course all right wing populists prioritize value issues/social issues above welfare, but DPPs principal position is "old school" social democratic welfare policies, which attracts a lot of unskilled workers, who agree with them on immigration and "law and order".

I am not saying they are not hypocritical to a certain degree.
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« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2012, 05:38:51 am »
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I see. I asked because, here in France, our very own far-right party (which has nothing to do with the DFP, of course) has recently rebranded itself as the party of the protection of welfare State and public services. However, if you have a look at its actual program, there is nothing really similar to a left-wing policy. The FN is the perfect proof that economically statist doesn't mean economically left-wing.
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« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2012, 05:04:38 am »
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The right-wing position in Denmark, IIRC, is to NOT raise the highest tax rate in the whole world. So supporting that isn't particularly right-wing. Tongue
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