Party Politics No Different From Religion?
I have had an idea floating round my head now for a while that I would like to discuss with some of you insightful people
The basic idea is;
Is Affiliating Yourself With A Political Party So Different From Affiliating Yourself With A Religion?
Allow me to explain;
The major argument against religion is the non-existence of a divine being or god. I completely agree with this argument.
However I believe the failings of religion do not stop there.
Another major issue for me is the inability of religious apologists to modify their beliefs & opinions even when faced with overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
As a scientist I believe in whichever argument has the strongest evidence. My opinions and beliefs will change as evidence changes.
How does party politics fit into this?
Well I believe that no party or political philosophy can possibly get everything right. I for one believe in capitalism & socialist healthcare. Two ideas that would seem at odds with each other. I believe them to be the best solutions to their respective problems. There are many examples like this in my political philosophy. Therefore I find it difficult to find a political party that gets everything right. On that basis I refuse to call myself liberal or conservative or socialist or whatever. Yet I have friends that are staunchly socialist or conservative. No matter what argument the opposition throws at them they remain in their political camp. In short I believe they often behave like religious apologists.
Now I am not saying it is EXACTLY like following a religion (they don't believe their party leader is a God!) but that they exhibit some of the short comings that you see with those of faith. (Interestingly I believe this can in part be explained by evolutionary behaviour & tribalism)
Having said that in the last election I voted liberal. Why? Because they had more ideas that I agreed with than any other party. If I truly had my way every post in a government would go to the best person for the job based on ability ie a meritocracy.
Does anyone have any insights on this? Am I completely wrong? Are there any other groups people affiliate themselves with where their behaviour seems irrational? Sports teams? Vegetarians? Musicians?