Originally Posted by Roadking2003
This is the most concise definition I have found. I no longer consider Obama a Liberal. He's a Statist.
The problem is with your source, using a weird two-dimensional schema to define the role of government. By that measure, everybody who is not anarchist would be statist even if they may be extreme conservatives on economic policies.
The following represents the two-dimensional political landscape that I support, and how I define various political leanings.
It uses libertarianism versus authoritarianism on social scale, while economic scale determines left and right leanings on the subject. An economic conservative can surely be an authoritarian or a libertarian, right?
As a left-libertarian, I prefer the government to stay out of peopleís personal choices on social issue (libertarianism) but on economic issues I expect government playing a role, to regulate and make the correct choices for the nationís health. IMO, President Obama would also qualify as a left-libertarian. President Bush would qualify as a right-authoritarian. A proper centrist would fall squarely in the middle. Clearly, I am a statist to some degree on economic issues but anarchist or minarchist on social.