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Your political affiliation?

The stereotype is that most atheists are liberals. However, I’ve met a few who claim to be libertarians.
I have yet to encounter a atheist republican.

Posted: June 14th 2011

Eric_PK

I’m pretty much disgusted with the political parties in the US right now. I tend to vote democrat as the lesser of two evils, not because I necessarily agree with what they are doing but because I think they are less likely to mess things up worse.

I would prefer something more like the more successful european democracies.

Posted: June 19th 2011

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bitbutter www

As a side-note: Liberal, according to the way the word is most commonly used in the US at the moment, is something quite different from the original meaning of the word.

Liberalism, by Ludvig von Mises, is an excellent manifesto that’s helpful in understanding the roots of this currently contested term.

The modern US liberal tends to be an advocate of Social Liberalism, a later movement with important differences to “Classical” Liberalism.

Relevant to the question about political affiliation, here’s Frans Oppenheimer

There are two fundamentally opposed means whereby man, requiring sustenance, is impelled to obtain the necessary means for satisfying his desires. These are work and robbery, one’s own labor and the forcible appropriation of the labor of others… I propose in the following discussion to call one’s own labor and the equivalent exchange of one’s own labor for the labor of others, the “economic means” for the satisfaction of needs, while the unrequited appropriation of the labor of others will be called the “political means.”

According to the way Oppenheimer uses the word political, I’m apolitical—that is, I reject the legitimacy of the state since I believe that any attempt to use coercion to influence how a peaceful person uses his property (including his body) should be condemned.

The labels that best fit my outlook on questions of politics are austro-libertarian and anarcho-capitalist or market anarchist.

Posted: June 16th 2011

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Dave Hitt www

I see no reason that people shouldn’t be able to do whatever they like as long as it doesn’t cause real harm to other people or to property. Real harm does not include heart feelings or imaginary damages.

I believe that initiation of force is wrong, and defense against such force is not only allowable, but usually necessary.

I believe that everyone owns themselves. They should be able to enjoy the fruits of their own labor and not have it taken from them by force.

Therefore, I’m a libertarian. Because there are a few, very very few, things that have to be done outside the libertarian philosophy, I’m a small L libertarian.

Posted: June 16th 2011

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SmartLX www

For a perfect example of a conservative or at least neo-conservative atheist, read the political journalism of New Atheist figurehead Christopher Hitchens. They are out there, believe me.

Since you say “Republican”, I assume you’re an American. Atheists in the US tend not to identify with the GOP these days because it appears to have been hijacked by the Christian Right, which would happily legislate mandatory religiosity if it could. Conservative American atheists therefore find other ways to express their conservativism, for example certain forms of libertarianism.

Personally, I’m Australian and centre-left. I vote Labour, because I don’t think the Greens can form a government and I’m not confident that a vote for them would actually work against the Liberals (who are in fact our conservative party.)

Posted: June 15th 2011

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brian thomson www

What is this obsession Americans have with pigeon-holing people as “liberal” or “conservative”? There’s so much more going on in the wider world than that. I’m not American, and I can be both “liberal” or “conservative”, or neither, depending on the issue under examination.

If you want to know what I think: part of being an atheist is freeing one’s mind from mental straight-jackets, and the binary “liberal” or “conservative” thinking is one of those mental straight-jackets.

Most atheists, globally, will be “liberal” by American standards, simply because most people in the world are “liberal” by American standards. Your two main parties are not a choice between “left” and “right”, they’re a choice between “center-right” and “hard-right”.

Posted: June 15th 2011

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logicel

I consider myself apolitical in the sense that I have no affiliation with an official political party. I rely on critical thinking, evidence, and intellectually honest ideas, regardless of the politics involved and in actuality that leaves a lot of democratic, liberal, republican 'thinking’ by the wayside.

I know quite a few atheists who identify as libertarians, including my husband. Heather Mac Donald is a high profile atheist republican.

Posted: June 15th 2011

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