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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Where are You On the Political Spectrum?

For the purpose of discussion, lets say there are five (5) Political Philosophies:

Left (Liberal)
Liberals usually embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but tend to support significant government control of the economy. They generally support a government-funded "safety net" to help the disadvantaged, and advocate strict regulation of business. Liberals tend to favor environmental regulations, defend civil liberties and free expression, support government action to promote equality, and tolerate diverse lifestyles.

Libertarians support maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters. They advocate a much smaller government; one that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence. Libertarians tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose government bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate diverse lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties.

Centrist prefer a "middle ground" regarding government control of the economy and personal behavior. Depending on the issue, they sometimes favor government intervention and sometimes support individual freedom of choice. Centrists pride themselves on keeping an open mind, tend to oppose "political extremes," and emphasize what they describe as "practical" solutions to problems.

Right (Conservative)
Conservatives tend to favor economic freedom, but frequently support laws to restrict personal behavior that violates "traditional values." They oppose excessive government control of business, while endorsing government action to defend morality and the traditional family structure. Conservatives usually support a strong military, oppose bureaucracy and high taxes, favor a free-market economy, and endorse strong law enforcement.

Statists (Big Government)
Statists want government to have a great deal of power over the economy and individual behavior. They frequently doubt whether economic liberty and individual freedom are practical options in today's world. Statists tend to distrust the free market, support high taxes and centralized planning of the economy, oppose diverse lifestyles, and question the importance of civil liberties.

If you really want to know where you are at based on benchmark issues, go to this web site: take the short and easy 10 question quiz, called the World's Smallest Political Quiz, and see where you are at, might surprise you. I always thought I was a constitutional conservative, but I guess I am a Libertarian.

I found out another thing about myself the other day. I met this beautiful women shopping for truck tires. I struck up a conversation with her. I asked her what she did for a living. She replied that she liked everything and all things about women,...their hair, their curves, their smooth skin,...the way they kissed,...then she said she was a professional lesbian. She then asked me what I did for a living. I replied "Well, I used to think I was a Cowboy,..but now I'm came to realize I'm a lesbian."

1 comment:

  1. It says I'm a Libertarian, and I thought I was a conservative too. Hummm.

    PERSONAL issues Score is 70%
    ECONOMIC issues Score is 90%