I’m young and my political views waver wildly between parties dependent on the subject at hand and it’s individual merits, but I tend to follow a more liberal outlook on most subjects. To disclaim, this is not to say I label myself liberal, nor conservative for that matter. I think, for the U.K. in particular, the rising concept of modern liberalism comes in the increasing disconnect from religion. I know the U.S. is strongly tied to their religious beliefs and how it guides their political views, but the U.K. as a general populace do not hold these popular Western-focused (probably the wrong description, but I’m sure the underlying idea is there) religions to the same pedestal. This has opened us up to a more progressive outlook in that we don’t have to stick permanently to an age-old preconceived guidebook, and we don’t have to give the same thought to traditional taboos. Now this is experiential conjecture, and maybe 5% of the reason, if that, but still worth a thought.
As much as I’m going to regret this paragraph, because I’m woefully ignorant when it comes to economics, I’d argue that another is the youth populace lack of faith in a purely capitalist system. I appreciate the idea, and before anybody pounces on me I’m not a devout socialist, but it’s too easily manipulable for those already in a position of power to maintain their power and crush the rise of newer, contrarian up and comers because of our behavioural flaws. Not to mention the loopholes (insider trading, bribing etc.). Capitalism’s major flaw for me is it’s primary ambition to draw in financial profit at the risk of other important ventures, morality, consumer and worker satisfaction, innovation etc. It’s not the worst we could do, but nor is it the best, it’s an adolescent economic structure.
Now it may seem I’m not appreciative of capitalism or religion, and I’m not, but it’s not impossible that there are some conservative viewpoints on certain issues I’m likely inclined to agree with. I don’t know what they could be, at least predominantly U.S. conservative issues, but I’m sure they are there all the same.
I leave myself open to criticism, I’m sure my argument could be considered vague and flawed, but I aim to expand on my individual views concerning certain positions as the thread progresses, debate is welcomed.