Sebastian Zearing

how to be progressive without being a stupid liberal

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Compare & Contrast: Genetically Modified Organisms

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Genetically modified organisms are any lifeforms (typically plants, animals, or bacteria) that have had their genome changed via a technical method, as opposed to selection. The goal in genetic alteration can be anything, but the controversy regarding GMOs typically concerns their usage as food. GMOs can be engineered to have higher yields, faster maturation, more nutritive content, better resistance to pests, etc.

From theĀ introduction:

The liberal worldview, as currently conceived in America, holds that humans, in their natural state, are equal in character, virtue, intelligence, beauty, aptitude, and worth, and that actualizing that equality constitutes the noblest political pursuit. Entwined in the worldview is the perspective that the natural is essentially good, and that actions to change the natural constitute corruption, and not improvement.

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Compare & Contrast: Sexual Liberation

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Sexual liberation was the movement to legalize all forms of consensual extramarital (particularly heterosexual) sex (i.e. premarital sex and open marriages), usage of contraceptives, all forms of consensual sexual practices (i.e. sodomy), and softening of the measures delivered to adulterous spouses. This movement was completed during the 1960s and 1970s, though attitudes persist till today. Sexual liberation is linked to abortion and women’s liberation, but those will be separate posts.

From the introduction:

The liberal worldview, as currently conceived in America, holds that humans, in their natural state, are equal in character, virtue, intelligence, beauty, aptitude, and worth, and that actualizing that equality constitutes the noblest political pursuit. Entwined in the worldview is the perspective that the natural is essentially good, and that actions to change the natural constitute corruption, and not improvement.

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Compare & Contrast: Gay Rights

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I’ll be using a compare-and-contrast template to analyze various political issues where there is a liberal/conservative divide. I’ll use the definitions of liberalism and conservatism I gave in my introductory post. This is the first post in the series.

The issue of gay rights is the issue pertaining to the legal treatment of gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals, gay and lesbian relationships, homosexual behavior, and discrimination against gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. Gay rights are concerned with recognition of same-sex relationships (such as same-sex marriage), non-discrimination against GLBs[1], legalisation and equal treatment of homosexual behavior (such as age of consent equality), and other pertinent issues like government funding for AIDS research.

From the introduction:

The liberal worldview, as currently conceived in America, holds that humans, in their natural state, are equal in character, virtue, intelligence, beauty, aptitude, and worth, and that actualizing that equality constitutes the noblest political pursuit. Entwined in the worldview is the perspective that the natural is essentially good, and that actions to change the natural constitute corruption, and not improvement.

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Libertarianism

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In the spirit of my introductory post defining liberalism and conservatism, I’d like to provide a similar such definition for libertarianism.

TheĀ libertarian worldview, as currently conceived in America, holds that individuals should be free to do anything that does not directly harm another individual, and to be free from all violence against their own person and property by all agents, including government, and that government should only exercise violence to punish (or perhaps prevent) violence. This perspective holds that only when individuals are maximally free does society maximally thrive.

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First Post and Introduction

This post was originally published at liberateandconserve.wordpress.com.

I’ve found that my thoughts and beliefs become more vibrant and real (and I daresay more organized and rationally sound), when I write them down. And since I’m going to write them down, why not share them with the world?

I do not identify as either a liberal or a conservative–nor, perhaps surprisingly, as a libertarian, but that’s a topic for another post. My purpose in this blog is to identify and dissect liberal and conservative attitudes, understand how they behave in the ecosystem of American society, and how they are affected by changing beliefs. I am interested in primarily American society, since that is the one I am most familiar with and since it provides plenty of fodder for discussion. I am also only interested in modern society. Modern and past uses of the terms “liberal” and “conservative” are not coextensive, and I don’t think it is useful for my purposes to dissect those differences. My goal is to enlighten both myself and the reader as to the interactions between widespread beliefs, values, and policies as they play out today on American soil.

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