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Being explicit about expectations may be useful, but a person who wishes to know an objective truth must be very careful to separate expectations from the actual evidence.
Research a topic in more depths to articulate specific evidence takes time. Before going to that point it makes sense to clarify a subject and the positions.
how can you be sure that your expectations are not guided by your political sympathies?
If my assessents of situations would be strongly colored by political sympathies, I likely wouldn't have said what I said about South Africa or take a variety of positions that I do take.

Apart from that the phrase "political enemy" implies that it's a political fight that I actually care about. You won't understand my politics from thinking in the frame of Republican vs. Democrat. It's not an accurate frame for multiparty Germany nor for my own thinking with is even less based in the agenda of political parties.






If my assessents of situations would be strongly colored by political sympathies, I likely wouldn't have said what I said about South Africa or take a variety of positions that I do take.

Our minds are not a binary - either totally objective or completely biased. Virtually all humans are somewhere between these two extremes.
Apart from that the phrase "political enemy" implies that it's a political fight that I actually care about.

The “enemy” might be indeed too strong a word. But feeling closer to one political side than to the other is generally enough to produce emotional bias.
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You won't understand my politics from thinking in the frame of Republican vs. Democrat. It's not an accurate frame for multiparty Germany nor for my own thinking with is even less based in the agenda of political parties.


My understanding of West European politics is that everyone is at or further to the left of the Democrats except for
1) parties that are reviled in the media
2) parties that are otherwise left-wing but have a prominent right-wing stance on one particular issue
3) government entities who have "right-wing" positions that are about more government control, such as being in favor of surveillance (and even Obama does that)
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