Politics Inside Out Challenge: Describe your politics in five words or less
Politics Inside Out is a new podcast from Marketplace that looks at the economy and politics — from waaaaaay outside the beltway — to find out what matters most to Americans. We’re leaving behind the stale divisions of “left vs. right” and “liberal vs. conservative” to explore a new frame: Insiders vs. outsiders.
While we’re at it, we’re also working on a new political vocabulary to describe the state of things in 2016. Our first listener assignment: Come up with a new term or phrase to describe your politics. Are you an indie-crat, neo-progressive, or something else? Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add your response to the list we’ve collected so far, and what a list it is…
Some of you defy the two party system:
Gun-totin’ tree-huggin’ pro-choice moderate lefty
A free market socialist
Liberal Green Christian
Never voting Republican/Democrat again
Independent compassionate capitalist
Left leaning neo-prudentist
Ron Paul 2012
For politics, against the parties
Some of you are a bit more traditional:
Bleeding heart classical liberal
Massachusetts liberal democrat
A conservative who wants to conserve things
Unreconstructed New Deal Democrat
Some of you are so 2016:
Deplorable Clinging American Trumper
Some of you define yourself on principle:
Liberty and justice for all
Seek truth. Cherish compassion
Speaking for those who can’t
Follow the data
Ideas not idealogues
“I’m an idealist without illusions,” JFK
Stop complaining and blame yourself
Be decent, help where needed
Government without compromise is tyranny
A community takes care of its people
Regulate business more, people less
Everything’s racist; invest in people
Freedom good, minimal government ideal
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Social democracy protects healthy markets
Some of you want more moderation:
A disenfranchised moderate
Common ground centrist
Constitutionalist, pragmatic democrat, anti-extremist (right or left)
Pragmatic moderate optimist
Libertarian, but able to compromise
Within one standard deviation of the mean
Some of you want more evidenced-based politics:
Fact-based pragmatic progressive
Science-based rational progressive democrat
Some of you are dissatisfied:
Lost at sea former GOP
Scared mindless progressive
Long-term disaffected democrat
And some you are just, well:
Mad as hell
Waiting. For. The. End.
Wanna hear more? Kai and Andrea talk to two listeners who are trying to break free from left vs. right and do something radical — listen.
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