International Political Spectrum

Wow, the recent US Supreme Court decisions have highlighted that there is NO WAY I can call myself a “conservative” by US standards. Which is weird since I am pretty middle of the road by standards in other countries. In the US, I find myself off on the far left. By contrast, I would probably be conservative in Holland since the social liberalism is accepted. Again, that’s strange since the Dutch come about by their social liberalism from the same school of thought that leads to the religious right in the US (Calvinism). The Dutch prefer to treat the social problems instead of punish them, which makes sense to me.

It’s amusing that a conservative paper, Le Figaro, has the following sort of comments about the recent Supreme Court decision on carrying firearms publicly:

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le 23/06/2022 à 22:47

La Cour Suprême américaine vient de totalement se décrédibiliser en montrant à quelle point elle était politisée. Une honte!
Ce sont en effet les Républicains qui s’opposent depuis des décennies à toute mesure sur le contrôle des armes au nom de leur Constitution écrite à une époque ou les fusils étaient à un coup…

The US Supreme Court has just totally discredited itself by showing how politicized it is. A disgrace!
It is indeed the Republicans who have been opposing for decades any measure on gun control in the name of their Constitution written at a time when guns were single shot…

There are a lot of reasons I supported Bernie Sanders in 2016, but one of them was a hope for a change in US politics. Not sure if I want to get into the “Deep State”, but the US’s duopoly politics leaves a lot to be desired for me. I am also not sure if there will soon be a switch from the “three branches of government” to something which is more streamlined and democratic (e.g., a parliamentary system).

I’m not sure I buy into the fear on the left that things will become more authoritarian, but there is a definite need for change in the cities to enforce law and order.

Anyway, one of the issues that led to my divorce is that I made it clear I am going back to Europe. I am not very optimistic about US culture or politics these days.

And the Supreme Court doesn’t inspire much confidence.

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