Welcome to the political world of textualdeviance! Pull up a corner of floor and set a spell while I rant and ramble.
The short version of what you'll find here: I'm progressive, not libertarian. We are not all born with the same advantages and disadvantages. Hard work and personal responsibility alone cannot take someone from abject poverty to wealth. Humans are tribal animals. We are not islands. All of us--yes, all of us--need the help and support of our communities to survive and thrive. On a practical level in a large population, that necessitates the form of community self-management known as government.
What that translates to in more detailed terms:
*I believe all people are entitled to equal rights and respect regardless of what biology or circumstance has given us. We are all human, and should not allow differences in our bodies to define and divide us from everyone else. Differences exist, and they often come with inherent inequities that need to be worked around, but ultimately, it's about realizing that everyone has to be taken as an individual, and not as a poster child for whatever groups they belong to. This is not advocacy of the fauxgressive mantra of colorblindness, however. People should not be solely defined by one or two traits, but nor should those traits be ignored or dismissed in clumsy attempts at inclusiveness. When you claim to not "see" color (or gender, etc.), what you're really saying is, "these differences make me uncomfortable, so I'm going to assimilate you whether you like it or not."
*I believe in holding people responsible for doing what they can to improve their own lives and the lives of others, but I don't believe that people should be threatened with homelessness, financial ruin, starvation, illness, death or worse while they're learning how. Everyone is entitled to the basics of what we need to survive: A living wage, food, shelter, health care and education. Those who cannot provide these things for themselves or their children should get the support of their communities until they are able to do so.
*I believe in giving people with disadvantages some extra help as needed to level the playing field so that they may reach their full potential.
*I believe that we must respect and protect the natural world so as to preserve our species' ability to live here, but I also believe that technology is not inherently anti-environment, and will in fact help humans to live in harmony with our surroundings.
*I believe the strong have a responsibility to protect, teach and provide for the weak.
*I believe that everyone is entitled to their own beliefs about the origin of matter and the existence or non-existence of the supernatural. However, unproveable faith is not empirical fact and should not be taught as such, nor should it be the basis for civil law.
*I believe everyone has the right to experience sex on his or her terms, both in terms of partner choice and in terms of being mindful of complex issues of ability to consent and cultural pressure.
*I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them... Oh, sorry. But seriously: Yeah. In a perfect world, every child would be wanted, cared for and loved. We do not live in a perfect world. And that means that the village often has to step in to ensure that every child