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Cassius
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« on: November 04, 2013, 10:05:27 am »

I would say that I am strongly to the right.

On economic issues, I feel that efforts to 'manage' the economy are in most cases deluded, and the best that can be hoped for is amelioration of the harshness of the free market through regulations and restrictions. So, whilst this mixes in with moral matters a little, I am in favour of banning prostitution, shop bought pornography and drugs, as I feel that these really serve no good or necessary purpose, and are in the vast majority of cases harmful to those who get involved with them.

Also, in terms of regulations, I am in favour of restricting shopping on Sunday's, as it is a day of rest for Christians like myself (and to give everyone else a break from it). I also support robust regulation of financial instiutions and trade unions.

When it comes to government spending and taxation, I feel that it is the duty of the government to maintain large, efficient and well trained military and police forces. As well, I feel that there should be a government run health insurance scheme for the poorest member's of society, although I do feel that a larger role in the provision of health and welfare needs to be delegated to the church, charities and community groups. This is especially true in the case of welfare, as - am generally opposed to the existance of state pensions, as well as to most welfare payments (I would retaina very modest dole, subject to extensive means testing). I would also abolish payments such as child benefit and educational maintenance allowance.

I am also opposed to the use of short term keynesian spending, as this is both irresponsible and unriable. I feel that the government should not set itself objectives, such as creating equality or growth, with regards to the broader economy, since these will almost always end in failure, and will result in more attention being paid to one section of policy than others. I would argue that the governemnt should restrict itself to more tangible goals, such as balancing budgets and reducing the level of government debt, as well as providing a stable of efficient, well run services.

On tax, I feel that a flat tax of between 15 and 25 percent is most agreeable, though of course this would be subject to change. I am also in favour of eliminating VAT altogether, or at least reducing it to a much lower level, such as 5 percent. This would not hold for all goods, as cigarettes and alcohol would probably see much heftier levels of tax levied upon them. I also think that inheritance tax should be eliminated, and I am opposed to all kinds of wealth and property taxes. It should also be possible to donate a small percentage of your income tax directly to the Church.

On moral matters, I am opposed to same-sex marriage and adoption. The abortion issue is a trickier one one, as I am accepting of abortions if the health and life of the mother is threatened by the birth of the infant. I am also unsure as to the merits of aborting very severely disabled babies (those who would not survive long outside the womb for instance). However, I feel that in most cases, even that of rape, that the potential life of the baby is important. I am also in favour of legalising euthanasia for the extremely terminally ill, provided that it has the consent of the family. When it comes to teenage and single mothers who cannot support their child, I am in favour of the government taking the baby and putting it up for adoption.

I am a monarchist, and do believe that the monarch has a right to criticise and if necessary, block the actions of an elected government, althoguh I believe the latter should be discouraged. I am also in favour on an unelected House of Lords, comprised of hereditary, life and spiritual peers. I would see the commons elected by fptp. I am also in favour of disestablishing the Church of England.
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Cassius
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 05:24:05 pm »

Welcome! Good to see another solid conservative on the forum.
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2014, 06:21:26 pm »

"I'm also opposed to taking rights from others in order to benefit other individuals" - Is this not the foundation of modern society?

To some extent, it is among the foundation stones of every society that has ever existed. I mean, some of us right-wingers, myself included, talk a big game about "left-wing social engineering'. We're correct, in the sense that the left does like to engage in social engineering (through the tax system, through education etc.). But, and this is a big but, so do we (or at least a few of us). I mean, take a few of my views, such as on keeping most drugs criminalised, supporting restrictions on Sunday shopping and censoring obscene publications. All of those count as some form of social engineering. The truth is, everybody supports it to some extent.
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