Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Political Dimensions

For many years, I have been a low-grade fan of internet personality quizzes. I don't seek them out, but when I come across one I have to take it, unless it is something obviously stupid, like a quiz to determine what kind of Teen Beat reader you are. So, when I found a quiz to determine what kind of Conservative I am, I figured it would be fun. Of course, these things are always rather partisan, but that is the way it goes. It turns out that I am a Free Marketeer, a.k.a, a fiscal conservative.
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My Conservative Identity:

You are a Free Marketeer, also known as a fiscal conservative. You believe in free-market capitalism, tax cuts, and protecting your hard-earned cash from pick-pocketing liberal socialists.

This isn't anything that I didn't already know, so that means that the quiz is at least mildly accurate. However, in the interests of fair play, I decided to take the sister quiz to determine what kind of liberal I was. This was more difficult, as for some of the questions I didn't have an answer that felt right. For example, I didn't like any of the bumper sticker choices. That caveat aside, I come out as a Social Justice Crusader.
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My Liberal Identity:

You are a Social Justice Crusader, also known as a rights activist. You believe in equality, fairness, and preventing neo-Confederate conservative troglodytes from rolling back fifty years of civil rights gains.

The interesting thing about this is the fact that these two results, supposedly from completely different ends of the spectrum, are not actually opposed to each other. One can believe in low taxes and fiscal responsibility and still believe in civil rights. Good luck finding a political candidate, at least at the national level, that pushes such views, though.

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