In nine days, there’s a general election in Norway.
I’m a social liberal politician.
I believe that government can play a part in providing services for those who need it, without interfering with the rights of the individual. Hence, taxes, schools, hospitals, law enforcement, roads and railroads, legal systems, health care, etc, ad infinitum.
Because people are intrinsically dualistic in the sense that we are both violently different from one another, and yet we need each other desperately.
I believe that all political directions are products of a need to create positive change, so I should probably be better at recognizing the good in all other political directions. But that is my own cross to bear.
What my political conviction boils down to is this:
The individual has the sovereign right to decide over his or her own life as they see fit, but we need to agree on a common level of involvement in civic responsibility. Because my freedom ends where yours begins. People are to be judged by their own merit. The society we build is meant to take care of those who cannot take care of themselves until they become able, and to safeguard the rights of the individual against the tyranny of would-be oppressors.
So is this something other parties oppose? Not outright, of course, but the only ideology that says freedom and civic responsinbility are a tradeoff that must be struck with the sanctity of the individual in mind is social liberalism.
Which is why I can only encourage everyone to vote what they believe in. Because running a campaign on bloated promises is worth less than nothing. I believe in those who vote for what they believe in, rather than what they vote for out of habit.