03/12/2013 05:00 pm ET Updated May 12, 2013

The Republican Fantasy

One of the ways to differentiate liberals and conservatives today is to consider their respective caricatured sci-fi visions of the future. In cartoon terms, the liberal caricature is a "we're all in this together" utopia of communitarian kumbaya, while the conservative caricature is basically "Back to the Future II" -- a Biff Tannen-dominated dystopia of moral and economic decay whose only unifying ethos is thinking of -- and violently protecting -- oneself. Thus, liberals generally support stuff like universal social insurance and the social safety net, while conservatives tend to get fired up against gun control, taxes and a social safety net, and for massive military budgets.

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