Curious about the characteristics held in common between Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, Socialists, Communists, and Islamists, I prepared the table shown below as an analytical tool.
Across the top I listed several of the most important characteristics that may or may not be common denominators between the various political groups. These included the demographic characteristics of age and growth rate of adherent populations, income and relative wealth, level of education and issue awareness, race, and religion.
Down the left column I listed the most well known political entities in the United States. These entities include Democrats, Liberals, Socialists, Progressives, Communists, Islamists, Republicans, Conservatives, Tea Partiers, and Independents.
In each block corresponding with the characteristic in the column heading and political entity in the row heading, I described that group in the context of that characteristic. For example, Islamists have a high growth rate in the US comprised of younger adherents.
I then highlighted the boxes with two outline patterns. One pattern for what the Democrats, Liberals, Socialists, Progressives, Islamist, and Communists hold in common, and a different pattern for what the Republicans, Conservatives, and Tea Partiers hold in common.
Here are the patterns revealed by this analysis:
- For Democrats, Liberals, Socialists, Progressives, Islamists, and Communists:
- Age: Democrats, Liberals, Islamists, and Communists are of a generally younger age
- Growth rate: the population of Democrats, Liberals, Socialists, Progressives, and Islamists are growing at a fast rate.
- The income of most of these groups tend to range from poverty level to middle income, except for the elites, whose incomes tend to be upper middle and upper.
- The education level of most of the “followers” tends to be high school level or less. The leaders tend to be college graduates.
- The level of awareness of the issues of most tends to be low to clueless. Liberals and Democrats especially tend to purposely isolate themselves from knowledge of current events and tend to get their information from popular, almost exclusively liberal media. The leadership of declared Progressives, Socialists, Islamists tend to be immersed in the issues of greatest interest to the cause.
- The predominant racial makeup appears to be a combination of Hispanic, black, and middle eastern, with western European whites becoming a minority.
- The predominant religions are comprised of liberal Christian, agnostic/atheist, liberal Jew, and Islamic.
- For Republican, Conservatives and Tea Partiers:
- Population is generally older
- The growth rate, especially for Republicans is mostly stagnant. The exceptions are Conservatives and Tea Partiers, whose growth in numbers have increased based on current events.
- Income levels are generally middle and upper. However, Tea Party incomes appear to be across the board.
- Education appears most to be high school and college graduates
- Level of awareness is moderate for Republicans, higher for Conservatives, and fully engaged among most Tea Partiers.
- Race tends to be comprised mostly of white 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation US citizens from western Europe, and Asian, with a small minority of blacks, especially among Conservatives and Tea Party members.
- Religion tends to be devout Christian, devout Jew, with smaller proportions of liberal Christians and Jews, and atheists/agnostics.
The megatrends revealed in this analysis tell us these things:
- The Democrats, Liberals, Socialists, Progressives, Communists, and Islamists share more in common with one another than Republicans, Conservatives, and Tea Partiers share among themselves. That is, they are more likely to be united in common cause.
- The Democrat, Liberal, Socialist, Progressive, Communist, and Islamist alliance is younger and growing at a faster rate that the Republican, Conservative, Tea Party alliance. Being younger they will have more energy and be buoyed by their numbers.
- The Democrat, Liberal, Socialist, Progressive, Communist, and Islamist alliance is more poorly educated than the Republican, Conservative, Tea Party alliance, and are more easily led around by the small minority of their leadership who are significantly more educated. These masses are more likely to act ignorantly and reactionary. They are more likely to be violent in their ignorance.
- The great majority of universities, especially public ones, are churning out members of the Democrat, Liberal, Socialist, Progressive, Communist, and Islamist alliance much faster than universities churn out Republicans, Conservatives, and Tea Partiers. Their influence is likely to grow further.
- Republicans, Conservatives, and Tea Partiers represent the founding principles of this nation while the others abhor and discount those principles as generally evil and failed. There is likely to be a point where one group says, “no more”, and the “other says here we come.” Actually we are in the process of seeing this now.
If there is such a thing as a “perfect storm” of ideological conflict, this analysis demonstrates the characteristics of the perfect storm that is brewing.