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The NIPC Test With Political Figures
Free trade agreements such as NAFTA have been detrimental for workers and the American economy.
Same-sex marriage should be legal.
Society is better off if most of its members prioritize family obligations over their individual aspirations.
Utilities and common carriers (i.e. railroads, bus companies, internet providers) should be placed under public ownership.
Soft drugs should be legalized, or at the very least, decriminalized.
The minimum wage is counterproductive because it leads to higher prices and reduced employment.
Though actually-existing socialist countries, like the Soviet Union and East Germany, had their flaws, they also represented an attractive alternative to liberal-democratic capitalism.
There should be a direct progressive tax on wealth.
The needs of our citizens should take precedence over those of non-citizens.
Abortion should be legal only under very limited circumstances (i.e. if the life of the mother is at stake), if it should even be legal at all.
Government regulation of business usually does more harm than good.
Identity politics is a major threat to stability in Western democracies.
The state should do everything in its power to assist workers in securing collective bargaining agreements with their employers.
Surveillance of subversive and dangerous groups, even by extralegal means, is often necessary to keep our society safe.
The free movement of people across our borders must be restricted in order to preserve the health, safety, and cultural stability of our nation.
The active use of a powerful state is important for either preserving what is already good in society, or alternatively, bringing about revolution and social progress.
The growth of alternative ownership forms, such as cooperatives and community land trusts, should be actively encouraged by the state.
If our society is going to pursue socially liberal policies, those policies should be justified primarily from a perspective of common sense or harm reduction (i.e. legalizing drugs so drug abuse can be treated as a health problem) rather than a perspective of individual rights and bodily autonomy.
Higher education and vocational training should be heavily subsidized by the state.
A universal, single-payer healthcare system is the best way to ensure access to care while minimizing costs.
Ultimately, almost every private business should be placed under state or social ownership.
Universal childcare is a desirable policy goal.
Even though we live in a democratic society, it is acceptable that some individuals and groups have more power and influence than others. Hierarchy is a natural part of politics, even in the most egalitarian societies.
Rent control, social housing, and tenants' rights are necessary components of any good housing policy.
The individual is a more important unit than social class, nation or any other group.
Absolute economic equality is a valid aim.
Representative democracy is the best system of government out of the alternatives we have.
Rehabilitation is more important than deterrence when it comes to the treatment of criminals.
Vigorous social authority-- embodied in the family, the congregation, the workplace, the "party" or other mediating institutions--is a bedrock of a good society.
The stronger the leadership the better.
Corporate ownership of the media makes a mockery of press freedom. Either media conglomerates should be limited by antirust laws or the state should act as a competitor to balance the playing field.
The importance of electoral democracy is overstated.
Family promotion is a valid policy aim.
Democracy (or whatever alternative political system you prefer) must be defensive. In other words, there are certain political opinions (as well as political groups) that the state should have the right to restrict, in order to keep our way of life secure.
Low corporate taxes lead to economic prosperity.
Competition between firms is one of the most important drivers of economic innovation.
Protestors/agitators are often excessively disruptive and even harmful to the promotion of their own causes.
Widespread ownership of private property is preferable to socialism.
Widespread ownership of private property is preferable to capitalism.
In most cases, people should show respect and reverence for their elders and deference to tradition.
Even if the state should promote collective bargaining, support should be limited to workers in the private sector.
State-owned enterprises, outside of natural monopolies and core public services, should either be completely privatized or made to operate like private companies (through competition, the prohibition of state subsidies, etc.).
Large companies should be required to place worker representatives on their boards.
Social Security should be privatized.
When change occurs, it should be gradual and should fit with existing conditions.
If the state must intervene in the economy, its intervention should be limited towards the preservation (or even transformation) of capitalism but not its overthrow.
A well-run bureaucratic state is essential, regardless of what we think about its appropriate size. Without it, our society would descend into chaos.
Detention without trial may be acceptable under some circumstances.
The state has a responsibility to shape the moral values of its citizens, even if citizens are permitted a high degree of individual freedom. This does not necessarily mean encouraging particular lifestyles, but instead, promoting things like civic education or requiring "humanist" values to be taught in schools.
Corporate welfare is a necessary evil in a modern, global economy. Without it, our nation cannot compete.
Patriotism is an overrated quality.
The promotion of human rights and democracy is inseparable from a good foreign policy.
Though some degree of multiculturalism may be acceptable or even desirable, the multitude of culture and lifestyle differences in Western societies undermines their stability. As a result, we need more of a monoculture and shared values.
Tolerance of political opposition is important.
The European Union has been a disaster. Participating nation-states need to follow Britain's lead and regain their sovereignty.
Torture is acceptable under some circumstances.
We should be wary of the dangers of overcommodification.
Any group enacted to preserve the order of the state by force is inherently criminal in nature.
There are alternatives that can fairly and effectively regulate organizations just as well, if not better than, the state.
The regulation of communications is necessary to prevent the spread of views which could undermine the state.
It makes sense and is fair that some people make much more money than others
I am comfortable with our society's reliance on law enforcement, a robust national defense, and other apparatuses of the state in protecting my livelihood.