Friday, September 30, 2005

The political landscape in America

I was over at Brown Hound earlier today and came across a link John had to one of those political quizzes. You know, one of those pigeon-hole labels (socialist, libertarian, etc.). As you might guess, I...

((Don't be content with only a teaser of this post;
read more of this musing.))

... am a social and economic liberal. Surprised, eh?

No, I didn't think so.

You are a

Social Liberal
(70% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(26% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Here's what the test folks say about the little gizmo.
We wanted to get beyond the two catch-alls of American politics, the Democratic and Republican parties, and see where people actually stand. Parties can bring together people with marginally differing values and make collective action easier. But party platforms can misrepresent their constituents, and blind loyalty to a party can convince individuals to harbor inconsistent views.

The goal of this test was to exactly classify your personal politics, without the traditional labels. We avoided the edgy party issues and focused on fundamental values. Your score is a measure of what you believe in, economically and socially.

Higher permissiveness, on either axis, indicates a "live and let live" philosophy. Of course, we're almost conditioned in America, "Land of the Free", to think positively of such a philosophy. But practically speaking, permissiviness (or its opposite, regulation) can create any number of outcomes:

For example, on the economic axis, a highly permissive system, like the American system of the early 1900s, might mean things like low taxes and increased scientific innovation. It might also result, as it did back then, in unrestricted child labor and millions of poor people with black lung.

At the other end of the economic spectrum, a highly regulated system might conserve the environment, establish national health care, and eliminate poverty. But as we've learned from the Soviet system, extreme regulation can also lead to stagnation, sameness, and unhappiness.

If you liked the test, forward it. Thanks for participating.
Try it. And then come back and tell me where you fall; I'd be interested to hear where readers end up.

And, I should note this: John, the Brown Hound, is an economic and social conservative, but that doesn't mean we don't get along. We both agree that diversity is a strength -- whether it's diversity as shipmates or diversity as citizens of this great country. And diversity isn't just race or color or creed or gender, but also political beliefs.

1 comment:

  1. I should note that I don't actually consider myself a "Democrat." I consider myself a "Progressive" or a member of the "Radical Center."