One of the bonuses of "seeding" participants is that doing so allows us to break out of the false dichotomy now purveyed by the political platforms of the two major parties. Voters and candidates alike will be able to customize their own political
profiles rather than having to subscribe to a prepackaged agenda imposed by one of the parties. They may pick and choose
positions from across the spectrum as they see fit. Assuming six dimensions of voter choice, at least sixty-four (2 to the 6th power) possible
political profiles can be envisioned.
Note that these dimensions are not set in stone, but subject to revision pending input from participants. As currently phrased, the choices are binary and may not adequately capture everyone's positions in all cases Still, whatever form the dimensions take will be provisional and likely never achieve perfection. The goal here is not to arrive at some perfect, prearranged outcome but merely to provide a framework within which one may locate one's own position relative to present partisan polarities, hence a starting point for debate and deliberation.
The Six Dimensions (provisionally proposed) of GEORGE:
Relative to the status quo, do you believe . . .
. . . that GOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMS involving sizable social subsidies should shrink or expand? Note that military and other kinds of funding fall under separate categories, below. (Possible test cases: Obamacare, free college education, guaranteed
. . . that ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND TECHNOLOGICAL APPLICATION should be subject to less or more regulation? (Test cases: free trade vs. tariffs, big business vs. small business incentives, automation vs. human workers).
. . . that OPPORTUNITY for employment, school admissions, and public contracts should factor in demographic attributes like race or gender less or more? If so, by the same token, should such distinctions matter less or more in law enforcement and security screenings? (Test cases: affirmative action,
. . . that REPRODUCTIVE AND FAMILY ISSUES should be shaped by laws and rulings reflecting less or more acceptance of abortion, gay unions, and other LGBT concerns? (Test cases: Roe v. Wade, Obergefell v. Hodges, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission)
. . . that GEOPOLITICAL POWER should be exercised by America less or more forcefully overseas? (Test
cases: military involvement in the
Middle East, Russian and Chinese expansionism, North Korea.)
. . . that the ENVIRONMENT should be less or more protected and promoted? (Test cases: clean energy, bicycle trails,
revitalizing decaying inner cities, and walkable communities.)