Classification of Ideologies

Inspired by the table above (can’t find the source), I created a classification of my own, but this is far from complete.

Welfare Liberal: Humans are imperfect or savages upon conception, and must be perfected with the help of the state in order to help create ‘equal outcomes’ where no one should be allowed to be too much better than anyone else, as well as to purge ‘bad beliefs’ that are ‘racist’; also, high taxes and regulation to try to force equal outcomes and suppress individual exceptionalism; pessimistic view of humanity and human nature – people fail because of greedy rich people, institutional racism, the fed, and other external factors – never genes or other internal factors. If a group or individual is successful, its because he had some unfair advantage, cheated, and or practiced 10,000 hours. Tends to reject HBD except for homosexuality. Rejects nationalism. Pro-choice as a form of ‘women’s liberation’; pro-SJW to a fault; anti-death penalty. Supports higher taxes on rich, and the universal basic income. Opposes free trade and globalization. Believes man-made global warming; rejects industrialization. Rejects social Darwinism, but supports policies that could be considered ‘reverse Darwinism’.* Rejects religion (except Islam), especially Christianity, to the point of persecution (war on Christmas, banning the display of the 10 commandments, etc), although there is a small subset of welfare liberals who are practicing Christians; open borders; collectivist; race is a social contract and or is irrelevant and meaningless.

Leftist Rationalist/Neo liberal/Classical Liberal: Less belief in blank slate, more emphasis on biological determinism, with the belief that some people are possibly born ‘better’ than others; economic policy should strive to allow individuals, especially the best and the brightest, to perform to the best of their abilities and to keep what they earn; pro-choice; HBD: belief in the innate, biological differences, both cognitive and physical, between men and women and different population groups, etc; support of pragmatist, utilitarian, and consequentialist policy; possibly support universal basic income. Ambivalent towards SJWs. Anti-death penalty, but may support it in limited circumstances, from a pragmatic standpoint. Global warming may exist, but not necessarily man-made. Supports free trade and globalization. More receptive to social Darwinism. Equal opportunity instead of equal outcomes. Agnostic/indifferent to individual religious preferences. Similar to welfare liberals, supports a welfare state, but possibly with means testing. Also tends to reject nationalism; tends to support open borders; less collectivist; less racial (but not outright rejecting it as welfare liberals do).

Pragmatist/Rationalist Right: Same as above but with more emphasis on free market capitalism, less regulation, more homeland security & defense, stricter border control, as well as less welfare spending; may support basic income with preconditions. May reject isolationism. Like above, generally supports free trade and is pro-technology. Ownership society. May support abortion, eugenics, and other HBD-based policy as a way to lower healthcare costs, entitlement spending, and crime, as well as to boost national IQ; pro-choice & euthanasia from a eugenic standpoint; Anti-SJW. Pro death penalty. Elements of futurism; pro-technology. Belief in social Darwinism, with some people being biologically better than others, which manifests through individual socioeconomic outcomes like wealth, creative output, and educational attainment. Agnostic/indifferent to individual religious preferences. Minimal welfare state; could be described as minarchist or neoconservative. Consequentialist; some central planning and govt. intervention such as TARP. More nationalistic, but this varies among individuals; supports high-IQ immigration, also with immigration control to turn away ‘low-quality’ immigrants; more individualistic, in the Randian sense.

NRx: Belief in HBD, but tends to be somewhat critical of eugenics, euthanasia, and policy that may be ‘un-Christian’. Isolationist, nationalistic, and traditionalist; strict border control (may support deportations); skeptical of free trade and globalization. Pro-life. Anti-modernity. Pro death penalty. May reject central planning. Skeptical of utilitarianism, pragmatism, and consequentialist policy. Ambivalent towards technology. Ideal government may be a theocracy (Catholic monarchy); less individualistic (tends to reject Randian Individualism).

The ‘mainstream right’ probably lies somewhere between the ‘rationalist right’ and the ‘rationalist left’, but shares some elements of the far-right. And the ‘mainstream left’ is between the ‘welfare left’ and the ‘rationalist left’.Paleoconservatives are perhaps the closest to NRx but probably slightly to the left. Trying to classify more ideologies, along with all of their subtleties, would require a lot more room.

*Welfare liberals have a conflicted view of race – on the one hand, having to pretend it doesn’t exist or is irrelevant, but also supporting race-based programs like affirmative action. They are also conflicted about science, being pro-global warming science but rejecting or dismissing race & IQ science. They believes in Darwinism – but in reverse, or survival of the un-fittest. Taking tax payer dollars from the most productive and frittering it away on the least. The left can’t stomach the idea that some people are intrinsically better than others, so they want the state to create equal outcomes, even if it makes everyone worse-off.


Free Will – Welfare Liberals vs. Neo Liberals and HBD Conservatives

The Differences Between Neo/Classical Liberalism and Welfare Liberalism

Utilitarianism Is Not Welfare Liberalism

Foucault, Chomsky, Pinker, and the Blank Slate

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