Ideology, Practice, and Support

I am a Right-Leaning Libertarian Isolationist Nationalist Progressive. I’m the supporter no party would want. 
 
Took a quiz about my political beliefs. This sentence was the result. It seems to me to reflect what I believe. The following points make that clearer:
 
I believe in economic freedom for individuals.I want minimal interference from the government in how to do business.
I believe in personal freedom for individuals, even if they make choices that cause to themselves, as long as they don’t harm others.
I believe that my nation should not interfere in affairs of another nation, as long as they don’t attack us. If they do, we must be retaliate while aiming to avoid full war.
I believe different nations have different value sets, and a nation has a right to prevent those from coming who can harm that character. If someone believes that the law should come from Sharia or Bible or Manusmriti, they should not be welcomed in a secular democracy.
I believe society and government should not dictate morality to individuals.
 
Currently no political party in India seems to me to reflect my beliefs. I support those who are least abhorrent to me on each issue. I support BJP on Nationalism, but not when they want to impose culture. I support no one on economics totally, but will never support hose who demonise wealth creation as bad for India (Suit-Boot ki sarkar, communists etc). I supported AAP when it was talking about removing the VIP culture and decentralising power, but i see nothing concrete in that direction. To remove corruption, I believe its more important that state have less power than to just add another layer of police/court in the form of Lokpal.
 
I support welfare schemes in India. A free market needs able bodies and able minds to attain prosperity. I support nutritional support and free education for the poor. Philanthropy can and should take care of most of these needs. The amount of money the rich give away in the West is staggering. In our system, though, decades of socialism that followed the feudal era have created little entrepreneurial wealth. Most wealth in India is concentrated in the hands of cronies of Congress, some of whom are now cronies of BJP, various Socialists, etc. they never give their wealth away except for self glorification or for religious reasons (witness the Birla Temples all over India, and the wealth of temples in general). There is no culture of mass, middle class giving to the poor either. In fact when state tries to sensitise the middle class to this (like by abandoning LPG subsidy), the state is ridiculed. Its also true that the middle class is not yet wealthy enough in India tube a significant donor to take care of the poor, and the rich are often crooks and don’t care about the poor. Therefore the state has to step in, but intelligently. Giving away food is not the solution. Schemes like MNREGA that give money in return for nothing also create perverse incentives. The answer is massive investment in infrastructure. That creates roads, irrigation and rainwater harvest, toilets, schools etc for the poor. They generate wealth when they are created, as well as after completion. Till we get a new class of upper crust that are entrepreneurs rather than cronies, we need to support the poor, and give them a chance to fight their way up. 
All my support comes from these ideological beliefs in five dimensions, and therefore my support is neither automatic, nor absolute. I have never voted in an election. I have never registered to vote either. My support exists in the form of verbal (written) support for causes and ideas. I do not believe in the cult of personality worship, even though I realise personalities are sometimes useful to mobilise and to focus the attention on an issue, like Anna and later Kejriwal were important to make the nation focus on the issue of corruption. 
Political parties hate people like me. they want stable, predictable vote banks. The unionised labour votes communist, the Dalits vote for one form of socialist party or another, the “upper” caste Hindus vote for the BJP etc. This makes it easy for them to target their policies to the welfare or appeasement of one or the other set. That is called identity politics. It is not unique to India. In US, the Democrats get 90% of black vote. The labour in UK gets almost all Muslim vote, etc etc.
I suggest everyone take this quiz. Understand what matters to you. And vote and support based on who fulfils more of your wishes. this will keep the parties on their toes. This will keep them fulfil their promises. This will create parties that reflect your values.
 
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