its very rare that someone will sit in an armchair and coldly reason which ideology they find the best for themselves or the world.
Maybe they won't reason 'coldly', but I think reason is certainly involved, at least many times with many people.
Other people who come to different conclusions might not concede evidence of someone's individual reasoning, but that doesn't necessarily mean it hasn't happened.
I think about all my views and beliefs - extra carefully really - precisely because I DO know that I tend to think emotionally and liberally. So I do actually sit and think about whether or not what I'm thinking really makes sense for the rest of the world as it truly is - or if I'm trying to see things the way I'd like for them to be (as I know is my tendency).
I just learned something from Chumly - not really learned- but he articulated something succinctly that I'd only had ideas of before - ascribing to pragmatism makes much more sense than trying to align oneself with an ideology.
In other words - does it work for the world?
So, yeah - I think debate here can at least help clarify views that are somehow unclear or amorphous- at least for me.
But I think having an open mind is essential.