I’ve always been Independent. No Party Affiliation. My politics always were left – likely more left than Democrats and definitely more left than Republicans.
July 2018, I made a painful decision to switch to Democrat, via the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida as the Governor I want, Andrew Gillum is more left than most Democrats and it’ll take a big TUG towards the left to restore a shred of balance of power.
My state, Florida, has a lot going for it and a lot that’s been wrong for a long time. Too much power in any single party hands is bad, whatever party that may be.
Right now, it’s concentrated not only in a single party but hanging from a Federal marionette with all the limbs the Governors of the States that offer unquestionable support for the single personality currently in power.
Too Federal. Way too Federal.
I wouldn’t want takeover of the State’s rights by Federal. I don’t want takeover of State’s rights by Corporations.
Country needs a big leftward tug to restore a balance between State and Federal powers. Maybe at that point, 3rd parties, which were JUST gaining a foothold will finally have a chance to start enacting local change that’s positive for their communities.
I may be more Progressive. You may be more Libertarian. But both share a desire for local control, a bottom-up govt rather than a top-down govt.
I’m doing alright here but Florida as a state needs the guy I’m backing and what that can do for us.
Wisconsin has its own issues that are also distinct and need sorting.
I’ve taken a lot of those political tests and they all put me as what can be called a “left wing libertarian”, “social anarchist” – stuff like that.
One very big thing the left and right libertarians have in common is the visceral disgust of authoritarian rule.
It’s sad that the two so often forget to see eye-to-eye on this. Left libertarians can be tempted by authoritarian socialism/communism and right libertarians can be tempted by a police state (authoritarian control of property rights) or a reduction of civil liberties (‘my rights are more important than yours because..’ thinking).
For environment for example, I could be called a conservationist. Property rights come in for me in that I don’t want my neighbor’s pollutants on MY property. I also don’t want their bullets in my air space.
So, clean up your pollutants before they reach my property. Shoot your guns in your own yard but keep your bullets out of mine.
So, there’s overlap in property rights, just different ways of looking at things.