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How do you define a political moderate?

Someone who favors only modest changes. 5 20.83%
 
Someone who holds a comb... 19 79.17%
 
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Weirdly enough I've always felt USA's democratic party was very much centralist. It always felt weird when I read someone call your liberals "radical" just because they are pushing for policies that the rest of developed countries had been practicing for years. I guess thats just propaganda.
I dont like to write a lot, so much like others have said a moderate to me its just someone who endorses both left and right policies depending on the context of said policies, maybe leaning torwards one more than the other, but ultimately a mix of the two.



I've always considered 'moderate' to be relative to a frame of reference.  Depending on that reference frame, the definition changes.  If it's relative to the political center, Centrists are moderates.  If it's relative to political alignment, one would be Liberal or Conservative, but close to being a Centrist.  If it's relative to one's Party, it depends on where that party falls on the political spectrum (a moderate Republican would still be Far Right or close to it).  If it's relative to your particular political ideology, a moderate may only be a passive participant. A moderate Anarchist may have an extremist ideology, but would be relatively moderate if they only express it with wild hair and a punk rock playlist.  





Immersiveunreality said:
Really if you are a moderate in the US there is a possibility you are more likely to think in a logically and more considerate way but i understand why some angerfueled people that go way extreme to both sides might consider you a problem.

I've been talking about something I like to call "Centrism Bias" for a while now. I think a lot of people have this idea of "Moderates" that you expressed here where those in the middle get kind of put on a pedestal of rationality and objectivity, which leads a lot of people who are clearly not moderate to identify as such. Because of this "centrism bias", when I see someone self-identifying as a moderate, I instantly see a little red flag. Often these are people with a clear lean who just want to present as a moderate to give themselves some sort of moral or rational high ground. If you criticize them and their beliefs, they often use it as a crutch and say "I'm not liberal/conservative, I'm a moderate!" to escape criticism. 

Of course this doesn't apply to everyone, but its something I've seen often enough that I think it is worth mentioning.



Immersiveunreality said:

Lol i did the political compass thingy,do not know if it is even close to accurate.

For the more extreme i might be considered fairly moderate i guess.

Just reading over some of these questions and even more especially the summation at the end, I'd say this test was designed to land as many people as possible in the bottom-left quadrant and as many politicians as possible in the upper-right quadrant for contrast. The way things are written also seems old, like this test was made 15 years ago or something. I can't help but notice the absence of questions about issues like gender identity or gun policy that have become much more relevant in this country, if not globally, in the last decade, for instance. But I also don't really think there's such a thing as a truly objective political test or quiz out there. Here's what I got on it just now:

I found it easy to land in that quadrant, as you basically had to admit to being a racist and an opponent of multi-party democracy to land anywhere more authoritarian than the bottom half and had to sound totally callous to not wind up left-of-center on economic policy.



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Immersiveunreality said:
Really if you are a moderate in the US there is a possibility you are more likely to think in a logically and more considerate way but i understand why some angerfueled people that go way extreme to both sides might consider you a problem.

I am a problem, so that's all good.



Dulfite said:

Someone who sees both sides of the major issues and doesn't get hot and bothered by either perspective and can even empathize with those people.

Pretty much me, with maybe a little more left than right.



Dante9 said:
I think the definition of moderate is someone who is not at either extreme, but sits more closely to the center of things. They can still be left-leaning or right-leaning.
However you want to define it, the problem at the moment is that the extreme left have made everything an "us or them" scenario. Either you are extreme left or you are far right/nazi and there's nothing in between for them. They even eat their fellow leftists alive, if they are too moderate in their views. Purity tests apply.

This. That's how I feel about it.

I mean I feel like I'm definitely left-leaning. I regard myself as a socialist, a feminist, an environmentalist, a strong believer in restorative justice, stuff like that that's generally considered to be on the left. The issue is that the progressive movement clearly does NOT wish to be identified with me because of disagreements over stuff like gender identity, prostitution, my general disdain for religion (including, heaven forbid, minority faiths like Islam), the fact that I don't think all guns need to be banned, my opposition to cancel culture, that sort of thing, which brings me to the conclusion that the cultural definition of a progressive has moved to a very specific place that does not include me somehow. And honestly, I also just don't really want to be associated with it anymore myself. I just feel more dispassionate than I used to about politics in general and struggle to think of any politicians I greatly admire or respect.



Jaicee said:
Dante9 said:
I think the definition of moderate is someone who is not at either extreme, but sits more closely to the center of things. They can still be left-leaning or right-leaning.
However you want to define it, the problem at the moment is that the extreme left have made everything an "us or them" scenario. Either you are extreme left or you are far right/nazi and there's nothing in between for them. They even eat their fellow leftists alive, if they are too moderate in their views. Purity tests apply.

This. That's how I feel about it.

I mean I feel like I'm definitely left-leaning. I regard myself as a socialist, a feminist, an environmentalist, a strong believer in restorative justice, stuff like that that's generally considered to be on the left. The issue is that the progressive movement clearly does NOT wish to be identified with me because of disagreements over stuff like gender identity, prostitution, my general disdain for religion (including, heaven forbid, minority faiths like Islam), the fact that I don't think all guns need to be banned, my opposition to cancel culture, that sort of thing, which brings me to the conclusion that the cultural definition of a progressive has moved to a very specific place that does not include me somehow. And honestly, I also just don't really want to be associated with it anymore myself. I just feel more dispassionate than I used to about politics in general and struggle to think of any politicians I greatly admire or respect.

Welcome to getting older and some would say wiser.



Jaicee said:

I've been thinking about embracing the term 'moderate' as a descriptor for a while now. Here's the deal: For as long as I've had political opinions, I've always thought of myself as left wing. Strongly left, in fact. Although I have learned and grown over the years, this much hasn't changed. Until recent years. It's not that I've moved a lot, it's that it's very clear that the left does not wish to be associated with me anymore. Things I consider secondary differences of opinion with the mainstream progressive movement have now been rendered dividing-line matters that merit dissociation with me. I'm banned from the Revolutionary Left forums, banned from the Democratic Underground forums, banned from Pride, the main subreddit I visit have been banned and you'll never guess who the instigators of that were. It does make one question whether or not these are the right people to call allies. It increasingly feels like maybe the progressive movement is changing in a way that excludes me by definition and maybe I should accordingly think about embracing a different term formally.

I do worry a tiny bit though that calling myself a moderate from here on, like on the social medias and such, may be misleading in that I think many people's definition of a moderate is like a neoliberal or just somebody who basically favors the status quo and that ain't me. No, I am not undergoing a "red-pilling" or anything of that nature. I've not had some revelation that's changed my fundamental worldview in substance and I kinda think that these terms the left and right have like "red pilled" and "woke" are rather arrogant and pretentious in fact in that everybody seems to assume that they're the only ones 'awake' and everybody else is apparently just too oblivious and dumb to understand their deeper truths or whatever. Most of the views I hold still feel like left-leaning ones to me. But I hold a few opinions strongly that are most often classified as right-leaning (whether that's really fair or not) and I'm frustrated though with how every difference of opinion, particularly on social issues, is treated as a dividing line that requires the severance of ties. That's why I'm thinking moderate might be the right term by which to describe myself henceforth. But like I said, I'd also prefer that people not feel misled like on the social medias and such by my use of that descriptor.

So what do you think? When you hear the term "moderate" do you hear "unprincipled person who stands for nothing" or more like "somebody who's combination of views doesn't fit neatly into a progressive/conservative categorization"?

A moderate left is someone who doesn't hold extreme views and doesn't favour major change. So someone who believes in the elimination of class distinction in the US would be a radical leftist, but for some reason the whole gun regulation issue is a left/right thing in the US (I don't know why?), but if they are anti-gun regulation and still believe in the elimination of class distinction, they're not suddenly moderate. A moderate is someone who would be in favour of policies to lessen the class distinction, but not in favour of doing way with them completely.

But, in the US, everything in politics is incorrectly divided up into left and right categories. It's a massive over-simplification and is generally not correct.


Also, you've been excommunicated by the US leftist groupthink, but that doesn't mean you're not a leftist, it just means you're independent of them. They don't own the leftist ideology - they only think they do because they know how to mindlessly recite a song and dance, but will call heretic on anyone who actually has an independent thought... even if it is objectively further left. They excommunicated Elizabeth Warren, too; using tactics such as conspiracy theories, and taking irrelevant pieces of information and making them paramount reasons as to why she is to be viewed as an enemy of the left; many of them racist attacks, either calling her Pocahontas or feeling that Donald Trump calling her Pocahontas is a legitimate and effective attack on her. That's why those sorts need to be called out and ridiculed, harshly (I've done my part). Anyone who claims to be a leftist and felt Elizabeth Warren was far more dangerous than Donald Trump or the Republican party should be challenged - although, most of the time they don't even try to argue, and instead just re-recite their song and dance narrative, because they're idiots. 

Anyway, the point of my ramble is that these sites/groups don't own the left. If they ban you for having a different point of view, then fuck them =P



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