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originally posted by: nwtrucker
I suppose in a way this proves most think in freedoms. Just different ones stressed or considered important? That make any sense?
My view of a 'conservative' - I speak for no one else- is a balance between 'freedom' and rules. Perhaps the freedom within the framework of those rules is a better way of saying it.
For example, I view the EPA as having run amok. Literally insane. Yet, I wouldn't go the 'Libertarian' route and rubber stamp it into non-existence because it violates the 10th. I also don't want free rein by corporations to run completely unfettered in the name of stock options gained due to a great quarterly report, profit-wise.
originally posted by: nenothtu
a reply to: Aazadan
Data is skewed on the vertical axis. It asked what you thought about this or that situation, not what you thought the government should do about it, and so was not a proper representation of your "authoritarian vs libertarian" score. One can be strongly opinionated on a subject, and also be strongly opinionated that it isn't the government's business to handle.
originally posted by: tavi45
Apparently I'm the most radical leftist anarchist/libertarian around. No one's been farther into the bottom left corner then me so far.
originally posted by: freethinker123
In my opinion the up down scale is incorrect it should read "statist" at the top and "anarchistic" at the bottom.
Not only is it more accurate, but two other imortant reasons - authoritarian is a negatively loaded word and used to describe say a government that is dictatorial and undemocratic.
Also almost everybody in the US these days thinks they are a libertarian - it is seen as a positive word in the US mindset. I feel like anybody who takes this test more than once will conciously or not ansnwer the questions to be more libertarian and to be less authoritarian.
There are also people that say that the test is pro libertarian.
It's easier to have views and great vision when you are out of office. Empty promises are also easy. Real governance involves lots of building compromise between factions, day to day administration and making pragmatic decisions. In other words the difference can be rather small.
originally posted by: truckdriver42
Well there is one thing the test got right. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you can see Obama and Romney are cut from the same political cloth. That says a lot about Democrat and Republican unless the agenda is to skew the data to show that the left is actually right and black is actually white. No pun intended there..