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By Peter S. Wenz

On any given evening cable television information will let us know how polarized American politics is: Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Canada. yet in reality, writes Peter Wenz in past pink and Blue, americans don't divide well into ideological camps of red/blue, Republican/Democrat, right/left. In actual lifestyles, as Wenz exhibits, diverse ideologies can converge on sure matters; humans from the precise and left can aid an analogous coverage for various purposes. hence, for instance, libertarian-leaning Republicans can oppose the Patriot Act’s encroachment on own freedom and social conservatives can aid homosexual marriage given that it strengthens the establishment of marriage.

Wenz maps out twelve political philosophies—ranging from theocracy and free-market conservatism to feminism and cosmopolitanism—on which americans draw whilst taking political positions. He then turns his concentration to a couple of America’s such a lot arguable concerns and indicates how ideologically varied coalitions can emerge on such hot-button issues as extending lifestyles via man made potential, the battle on medicinal drugs, the struggle on terrorism, affirmative motion, abortion, same-sex marriage, healthiness care, immigration, and globalization.

Awareness of those twelve political philosophies, Wenz argues, can assist activists enlist allies, voters greater comprehend politics and elections, and we all outline our personal political identities.

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As abolitionism and the civil rights movement illustrate, religious inspiration can add important perspectives and insights to public policy debates.

All four philosophies—libertarian, free-market conservative, contractarian, and environmental—attract most of us. We want to enjoy our property free of government interference; we want the government to spur economic growth; we believe in the golden rule; and we want to preserve the environment for our own good and for future generations. The Supreme Court’s 5–4 decision in Kelo reflects not just a close division of opinion in society, but ambivalence within most of us about the issue. We see good arguments on both sides.

He endorsed the claims of the eighteenth-century enlightenment that the most important ethical precepts mandated by God were accessible to everyone as selfevident truths. Accordingly, all churches and religions should be tolerated so long as they respect such basic moral principles. The state should leave religion alone and remain neutral among the various sects to avoid divisive sectarian disputes over the finer points of religious doctrine, as such disputes precipitated wars of religion in Europe.

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