Atheist Does Not Mean Skeptic/Freethinker

Besides my joys of being skeptical of religion, I get much pleasure in applying the same skepticism to politics. Both are fundamental sets of beliefs with herds trying to justify their side and win people over by using those beliefs. They both use fear of "the others" and try to make themselves superior in all ways. So, why would an atheist leave one set of beliefs and pick up another set from a political party? (One that promotes a sense of superiority of all other parties and can save the world through their party) Isn't that just a substitution for religion?

I thought we already determined that in groups people tend to lose rational thought and independence. I guess this is where atheists are just free from religion but not free in thought. I always assumed that being an atheist was being a freethinker. I was wrong. Too many people here promote their political party as if they really have the solution to our divided country with economic and debt problems.

Atheists that are aligned with political parties are quick to overlook the flaws, lies, and corruption in their own party (if not completely dismiss them outright). If you don't see any flaws in your political party, I am talking to you.

I know that many politically aligned atheists will try to defend their party by using one or two topics that they are passionate about and use that for their reasoning behind that party. However, that is how politics works. They try to create a dichotomy in every issue and try to align people with those positions. In reality, those positions never really belong to the party. It's just false dichotomies to lead the herds against "the others".

Consider the resent vote on the debt ceiling increase. In 2006, Obama and all Democrats were against a debt ceiling increase. Compare that with the latest debt ceiling increase where all Republicans were against it. It is striking that an issue can change sides so quickly. 

Those that think that the party of religion will always be the Republican right is strongly mistaken. If a strong Republican rival to Democrats was to promote science over religion, the Democrats would jump on the issue of religious freedoms and an attack on Christianity. That is not an impossibility for a Republican. For example: the Republican presidential contender Jon Huntsman is already warning the GOP not to become the anti-scie.... (Not an endorsement) Is this already the beginning of a shift? I don't know but it is worth watching the Republicans squirm to defend who is the better "pro-science" party.

So, to my fellow atheists, now that you have freed yourself from religion, do yourself a favor and free yourself from political parties. Study more on politics, psychology, and political history. We want to better our country and world but that is only possible if the people stop being herded around for the main political purpose of staying in power. We need more independents that are not a guaranteed vote for any party. We need a country that has a long term goal and a vision for our country. Our independence and freedom from being herded around is what makes politicians do what we want.

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Comment by Andrew Stewart on September 12, 2011 at 2:48am
I would have to say my own politics are based off a certain understanding of the capitalist system and the inherent contradictions.  That is bread and butter Marxism, but that in no way means I am also a socialist/communist, I do have certain allegiances to Jeffersonian Democracy.  The simple fact is that many atheists are well read on science but not American history or philosophy.  Gore Vidal eloquently explained in a 2000 interview on C-Span the essence of American political theater is Jefferson's democratic ideas in opposition to Hamilton's pro-business attitude, it remains the overwhelming issue whether argued by Whigs and Federalists or the Democrats and Republicans today.  Both political parties are owned by the banking and business establishment in this country, merely two faces on the same fraud.
Comment by Brady on September 11, 2011 at 1:38pm
@Glen, I do not have an ideal of government. I am very supportive of our current government. I have a problem with politicians and media that try to divide people according to vote.
Comment by annet on September 11, 2011 at 12:59pm
I see your point but being a freethinker does not automatically mean libertarian or independent either.  Pragmatism, compassion, expedience and many other things are also factors in political affiliation.
Comment by Glen Rosenberg on September 11, 2011 at 12:59pm

Brady,

What do you envision as the ideal government in the USA?

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