I'm a current university student working towards a professional degree in a healthcare-related field and a minor in economics. I do research on campus and TA a few classes as well.
I'm a free-market extremist and loathe the command economy's supporters as well as the laissez-faire cronies. I expect intervention to preserve the market and to prevent market failure that would result from problems of stickiness and false utility. In short:
I'm for universal healthcare, as the current American system strangely ties wages, employment and health insurance togetheró which is quite foolish as it distorts market valuations of labor and skews both curves. Not to mention how those with insurance must cover for this who don't, under the current system, which is also quite absurd. Plus as a future health professional, it's hard not to support such a policy.
I'm opposed to private property in most cases (truly depends on how it's implemented). Property is nothing but an exploitable bubble and an abstract concept. Rent-value taxes, perhaps, would change that problem; as would limits on ownershipó as current market trends obviously don't represent Say's Law or utility in any way. I strongly prefer a dual-system, much like Hong Kong.
I'm strongly in support of private education, as I believe teachers' unions in many states have far over-stepped their authority and benefit. I love the idea of charter schools and really look forward to a day where education truly becomes a parent's choice and not decided based solely on what district one lives in.
Lastly, I support the abolition of all corporate taxes, as well as those on capital gains and sales. I would compensate for that by hiking personal income taxes on the higher brackets. Not for redistribution, but by economic principle of over and mal-investment which usually trends towards market failure. Monopsony can be just as bad as monopoly, after all. In reality, I base most of my ideas on smaller, post-industrial statesó like Singapore or HK, as much of my work has been on creating models of their development and post-development patterns.
On social issues, I'm relatively liberal. I'm younger, I suppose, and more accepting of others. I'm fine with early-term abortion, same-sex marriage, and so on. I believe in the correction of racial problems, removal of the archaic concept of an America-dominated world, and so forth. Something of a global libertarian (the American libertarians have bastardized it to mandate private property and other horrendous 'ideology before practicality' policies that have no place in honest discourse).
Anyway, hello. I've read around a bit. I welcome being called a heartless fascist and a godless communist in the same post. It's an online political discussion board, what else could I possibly expect?