Shmaltz’s Political Dictionary

Now, if one wants to address something like anti-white racism, that’s a better term to use. It’s specific, it’s to the point, and it’s accurate.

Anti-white racism exists, as does anti-black racism and many other forms of bigotry. I will not defend any flavor.

political dictionary

Today, I had originally planned to post a News Roundup, but I’ve been falling behind. I just need to read the news for myself right now and try to put up something for my readers by the end of this month. For now, I thought I’d write up a political dictionary instead so I could have an early post for this week at the very least.

What is a political dictionary, you might ask? Well, it’s no different than a normal one, except it focuses on political terms. Mine will be a little different, though.

I want to primarily focus on terms I know and want to address for clarification. For example, I want people to be clear what I mean when I refer to “progressives.” There may be other terms my readers may be unfamiliar with, so this will be a place to store that information.

In addition, there may be terms that deal with Internet fights or movements which might not look political on the surface but turn political and/or overlap with politics.

At the time of publishing, this post will be incomplete because I will only leave you with a few terms. Some of the terms may have already been addressed in some of my previous posts, but the definitions here will be short anyway.

Of course, there may be new terms which arise in the future. In any event, this post will be updated.

Edit (July 27, 2017): This list of terms is based on my likeliness to use them for my Rift on the Left series. I will link back to specific terms so readers can quickly find my definitions.


List of Terms

Here are the terms (I stopped counting) I plan on using in future posts. Of course, they include many terms I use before, but most if not all these terms will factor in the Rift on the Left Series.

  1. 1994 Crime Bill
  2. Alt-Right
  3. Anti-Feminism
  4. Baby Boomer
  5. Bernie Bros
  6. Black Lives Matter
  7. Blue State
  8. Capitalism
  9. Campaign Finance Reform
  10. Classical Liberalism
  11. Clintonista
  12. Clintonite
  13. Communism
  14. Conservatism
  15. Crosscheck
  16. Cyber-Bullying
  17. Democratic Party
    • Blue-Dog Democrats
    • DINO
  18. Democratic Socialist
  19. Defense of Marriage Act
  20. Discrimination
  21. Doxxing
  22. Election Fraud
  23. Electoral College
  24. Evangelical
  25. Feminism
    • “McFeminism”
  26. Fight for 15
  27. Fracking
  28. GamerGate
  29. Gerrymandering
  30. Green Party
  31. Horseshoe Theory
  32. Hyde Amendment
  33. Independent
  34. Identity Politics
  35. Liberalism
    1. Liberal1
    2. Liberal2
  36. Libertarian Party
  37. Mainstream Media
  38. Marxist
  39. Men’s Rights Activist
  40. Millennial
  41. Misandry
  42. Misogyny
  43. Moderate
  44. Neo-Conservatism
  45. Neoliberalism
  46. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NAFTA)
  47. Phishing Scam
  48. Prejudice
  49. Progressivism
  50. Racism
  51. Radical
  52. Ranked-Choice Voting
  53. Red State
  54. Reactionary
  55. Republican Party
  56. Reverse Racism
  57. Sexism
  58. Silent Generation
  59. Single Payer
  60. Smear Campaign
  61. Social Justice Warrior
  62. Socialism
  63. Superdelegate
  64. Third Parties
  65. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  66. Voter Fraud
  67. Voter ID Laws
  68. Voter Suppression

I think I’ll stop here. But dang … there were a lot of terms connected to the past election.


Classical Liberalism

Classical liberalism is an ideology predicated to promoting the individual. It supports freedom of religion, speech, and limited government.

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Clintonista

Clintonista may be a positive or negative term, depending on how it is used. On one hand, this is a gentle term used for someone who respects Hillary Clinton and is one of her ardent supporters. On the other hand, this term is used to describe the more militant supporters of the former Secretary of State.

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Clintonite

A Clintonite is a loyalist toward the Clinton family. This group might include political allies (within the Democratic Party), friends, and fans of the Clintons. This is usually a gentle term to refer to someone who views the Bill Clinton administration with fondness and respects Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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Conservatism

Conservatism is an adherence to a “right-leaning” ideology as defined on a political scale.

According to the The Political Compass, conservatism is often defined in an economic sense. This means economic conservatives often prefer lower taxes and more free trade.

Conservatism can also be defined on a social level. If someone is socially conservative, this person may be chase and value marriage more as important to building a family unit.

For more, read this post: What Does It Mean to Be Conservative?

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Conservative1

A conservative (with a lower-case “c”) is a person who preserves tradition and social values. Conservatives are often defined as people who are adverse to change.

This person often adheres to six points of conservatism as outlined by Russell Kirk and often leans toward economic conservatism.

In the United States, this person espouses lower taxes and smaller government. An American conservative is often a member of the Republican Party, although there may be independent conservatives and conservative members of other American political parties, including the Democratic Party.

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Conservative2

A Conservative (with a capital “C”) is a member of a British political party or any other party so named in any other country.

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Discrimination

Discrimination occurs when someone acts on their prejudices to deny or otherwise violate the rights of others. For example, if a person was fired solely due to their ethnicity, that would be discrimination.

Now, discrimination often involves someone abusing their power. Per that example I provided, the person doing the hiring, likely a manager in human resources, has a measure of power.

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Liberalism

Liberalism is the adherence to “left-wing” politics on the political scale. In general, liberals believe in the goodness of the individual but also believe in collectivism in order to protect social and civil liberties.

According to the The Political Compass, liberalism is also defined in the economic sense. While classical liberalism was built on free markets, modern-day liberalism focuses more on regulations in order to help consumers. Liberals also believe that government can help in certain situations in order to affect change.

Liberalism is also defined on a social level. Many liberals support things like gay marriage, the decriminalization of drugs, and multiculturalism.

For more, read this post: What Does It Mean to Be Liberal?

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Liberal1

A liberal (with a lower-case “l”) is a person who may not be beholden to traditions or social norms. This person more often than not may push for social and economic norms but support reforms based on the current state and needs of society.

Although there are no six points outlined for liberals, they generally adhere to the ideas outlined in the 10 proposals by Geoffrey R. Stone in 2013.

In the United States, liberals generally call for higher taxes (based on income), more regulations, and consumer protections. A liberal most likely belongs to the Democratic Party, although there are many liberals as independents and members of other parties in the country.

Liberal is also an umbrella term which includes self-proclaimed liberals and American progressives.

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Liberal2

A Liberal (with an capital “L”) is a member of a Liberal Party, like that in Canada.

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Neo-Conservatism

Neo-conservatism is an American ideology which was developed in the 1960’s. As it began to surface, neoconservatives initially believed that unchecked capitalism was a destructive force.

Today, neo-conservatism is an aggressive ideology which is predicated toward the use of military might. While Neo-conservatives might adhere to religion, they also believe in American exceptionalism. As such they are willing to fight wars in order to keep America’s position as the world’s “Top Cop.”

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Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism is a “secret ideology” which was developed in the 1930’s by Austrian scholars and brought to the United States by men like Milton Friedman.

Neoliberalism is predicated toward free markets. As such, neoliberals seek to lower taxes for the wealthy and corporations, deregulate markets, and crush unions.

Neoliberalism is the default economic and foreign policy for much of the world. The International Monetary fund is one tool to keep this ideology in place and to control poorer nations. In order for some nations to receive funds from the IMF, they have to allow for free markets and adhere to other rules set forth from the IMF lest those countries be cut off and diplomatically isolated.

Two historic examples of neoliberals were Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

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Prejudice

Prejudice is a type of bias all humans have. It could be relatively harmless in that it determines the type of programs we like to watch and the type of friends of have. Or it can be damaging because it involves “pre-judging” of people that comes from past experiences and ignorance.

Prejudice by itself isn’t that harmful. It’s only harmful when we act on it and indoctrinate others.

See: Discrimination.

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Progressivism

Progressivism is a pragmatic and value-driven view of the world. It’s not necessarily tied to one ideology, but progressives seek changes based on the changing circumstances in the environment and in society.

Progressives in the United States tend to be left-wing. They are essentially liberals, although they tend to be farther left than other liberals.

Now, some progressives may even hold conservative values. But much of their views may be based on an pragmatism and observation.

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Progressive1

This term evolved from the early iteration of the Progressive Movement in the United States around the time of Teddy Roosevelt. Early progressives advocated for things like fair wages and against child labor.

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Progressive2

This term might be a shorted form of the term “social progressive,” but it is often used as a pejorative. These type of progressives may espouse equality and social justice, but they tend to be aimless radicals who are willing to bully others in order to meet certain ends. (This is why I resisted calling myself a progressive for the longest time.)

The term progressive might also be used by politicians in order to appeal to this group and/or to make their candidacies look more attractive.

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Racism

Don’t let anyone tell you different, but racism is the distrust and hatred of people based on their skin color or ethnicity. It doesn’t matter whether or not the person who is hateful to another has power or not.

Some people define racists as people with power who hate others based on race. That definition is wrong. Racism can be experienced by anyone and anyone, regardless of their station in life, can be racist.

Now, if one wants to address something like anti-white racism, that’s a better term to use. It’s specific, it’s to the point, and it’s accurate.

Anti-white racism exists, as does anti-black racism and many other forms of bigotry. I will not defend any flavor of bigotry.

See: Discrimination.

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Reverse Racism

Reverse racism” is a ridiculous term used to describe racism experienced by white people. It’s inherently racist because some people feel the need to set aside the racism and discrimination white folks get from others as special. Racism is racism. Period.

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Social Justice Warrior

Social justice warrior (abbreviated: SJW) is a controversial and pejorative term used to describe a professed liberal or progressive who does much of their activism online. This person may also identify as a feminist and profess support for the LGBT community.

Overall, SJW’s act based on momentary consensus based on feelings and their perceptions of past oppression. As such, they may “elevate” certain groups, like blacks, women, gays, and transgendered individuals. At the same time, SJW’s project scorn on white men, a group they perceive as being the most privileged class (throughout history).

SJW’s are authoritarians who do not value disagreement. They may use terms like “Check you privilege” and “trigger warnings” are used to censor others, shut down dissenting thought, and to prime people against opponents. Often, conservatives and others with dissenting opinions are shouted down or prevented from speaking at public events.

Social justice warriors are really dangerous in groups. A social justice warrior may use mob mentality in order to reinforce their opinions and shut out dissent. As such, groups of SJW’s may bully others online, dox them, or threaten a dissenter’s livelihood (most likely by flooding this person’s place of employment with calls and emails). Additionally, SJW’s may threaten violence or use it to reinforce their views.

SJW’s are often aided by various institutions and the press. Some far-left thought has be codified and coddled by universities. For example, look at what has gone at Berkeley University in 2017. This is hardly covered by the mainstream press, which serves as the de facto propaganda arm of SJW’s.

All things considered, SJW’s also exist on the right. They can be detected by their aversion to dissenting opinion and poor behavior on social media. (As of January 20, 2017, there was one in the White House.)

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