- Syncretic politics
Syncretic politics involves taking political positions that attempt to reconcile seemingly opposed ideological systems, usually by combining some elements associated with the left with some associated with the right. The term is derived from the older idea of syncretic religion.
Noted syncretic movements include
Fascism, Libertarianismand Producerism. Many lesser-known political syncretisms also exist; examples include the People's Mujahedin of Iran, which combines Marxismand Islamism, Common Course, a Danish political party which blended official communismwith anti-immigration sentiments, the National Bolshevik Party of Russia, formed from the union of Leninistand Fascistaesthetics, as well as the Minaret of Freedom Institute, a union between Islamismand libertarianism.
The assassinated Dutch politician
Pim Fortuynand his LPF party are often mentioned as being syncretic, especially by commentators outside the Netherlands, since the LPF combined acceptance of soft drug use and equal rights for homosexuals, seen as rather radical left-liberal positions in most of the world, with a strong stance against immigration, which is usually a right-wing sentiment. Others have categorized the LPF as reactionary liberal and deny its platform constitutes syncretic politics.
Relation to centrism
Syncretic political movements and
centrismshould not be confused. Although both see their mission as eventual reconciliation, centrism attempts to take moderate elements from opposing sides and combine them into a stabilizing, moderate political force to preserve the harmony of an existing order that is under threat from partisanship.
Syncretist organizations, on the other hand, are usually involved in the construction of a new ideology from the most "extreme" beliefs of antagonistic movements and see themselves as revolutionary and radical threats to the status quo.
However, confusing the distinction, some have attempted to achieve centrist goals (i.e. modest health-care reform) using radical methods such as destroying the American
two-party system(see Radical middle).
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Examples of groups and ideologies that might be described as syncretic
Conservative Revolutionary movement
Consistent Life Ethic
*The philosophy of Heinlein, which was both militaristic and socially tolerant.
International Third Position
*The philosophy of
Christopher Lasch, a synthesis of Freudand paleoconservatism
List Pim Fortuyn
People's Mujahedin of Iran
* [http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0220,goldstein,34776,1.html The Politics of Pim]
* [http://nitrosyncretic.com/ Nitrosyncretic Press]
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