Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Bonus Feature

A bit extra, for tonight.

I recently experienced something that changed my mind, partly, about someone. I still have a good deal of what was there before for them, and will steer well clear of them, but things are somewhat different.

Some questions that may enlighten (feel free to challenge the premeses if you like -- not all of the questions are actually from within my framework)

  • Do governments have a right to defend and maintain their territorial integrity?
    • If so, when? Does how that territory was acquired matter?
    • Does political speech become acceptable to intervene in when a government is in a state of crisis or may collapse because of lack of internal support?
  • In circumstances where one people commits a massive wrong against another, should there be and if so how long a redistribution of wealth from the damaging to the damaged? Special training?
  • Should groups be allowed to secede, with land, from society? If so, how and when?
And a bit more. Israeli politics is more lively than American politics because their political parties actually stand for things. Your challenge: Take one of the two major parties and list/comment on which minor parties you would consider joining in coalition with to win an election and form a government.

Major parties

  • Likud - a conservative, neo-liberal fairly free-market party with hawkish tendencies and strong nationalism
  • Labour - a somewhat liberal, economically centrist party with doveish tendencies
Minor parties
  • Shas - A religious party that aims to maintain religious privilege and role within government, and pushes for a large budget for social programmes
  • Shinui - A secular party that aims to remove religious privilege and role within government and a free market.
  • Yachad - A liberal, social-democratic party with strong doveish tendencies and mild tendencies toward secularism
  • Hadash - A communist party with a strong Arab basis pushing for Israeli binationality
  • LINK - A conservative, moderate religious zionist party that aims to maintain a standard democratic model and modern legal system
  • National Union - A coalition of conservative parties aiming to expel Palistinians from Israel, protect Russian Jewish interests, and religious Zionism
  • Am Ehad - A socialist party
  • United Torah Judaism - A religious party, similar to Shas but representing a different Hebrew subethnicity
Maybe I'll give my answers later.

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