I am happy with my description of the progressive (aka social-liberal) but it is rather general. Besides which it is silent on some important matters. In the Political Objectives Test I have defined political ideology in terms of “human relations” rather than “things” but it just so happens that some of those things (from concepts like God to objects like the Earth) keep on impinging on politics. So I need to articulate my stance further if I wish to assess a host of policy statements.
The Australian Democrats is a part of my past now. But personal experience comes in handy. One thing that was frustrating for me was that we had over twenty Objectives that were difficult to remember and convey. As a result I developed my own ‘Five Fingers’ as a simpler summary of ideology. And it just so happens that they still work well for me as an ideological loner wandering the Australian polity.
My Five Fingers
* A cosmopolitan and permissive society
* A mixed economy that strives to be both prosperous and just
* Preservation of the natural environment from over-development
* Nuclear disarmament and peaceful forms of conflict resolution
* A secular parliamentary democracy that fosters respectful debate and public participation
All of these statements can be expanded on and have qualifications made (as was requested and done here). This is a good thing as discussion always refines ones understanding. In any case these are the sorts of criteria I will take into the election as an Australian citizen. It will be a new and interesting experience to be coming at the event solely from the voter side of the fence.