Not Much of a Surprise

I probably wouldn’t have labeled myself a true Socialist, but I won’t dispute it. The way I figure it, my abject hatred for the corruption currently employed by large-scale capitalists in this country has certainly colored my answer set this time around. Corruption is inherent in pretty much any social structure, but in this administration, it’s those capitalists who are being given free rein to exercise that corruption without anything remotely approaching consequence.

Individuals will always act in their own interests. Period. If they’re permitted by the rest of society to act with impunity, they will do so. As the past five years have proven.

Ask me again in another five years, and I may very well answer differently, but for now, I’m sticking with an “eat the rich” philosophy.

You are a Social Liberal (75% permissive) and an Economic Liberal (11% permissive)

You are best described as a: Socialist

Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid


At 9:58 PM, Tor said...

Some years ago, the Utne Reader made a more sophisticated attempt at mapping the political landscape. The thing showed stripes and loops of different colors of political, social and economic thought and where they intersected. I wish I still had that chart. I think a better approximation (and that's all these things ever are) would be three-dimensional, at least. Not two.

Even though I'm probably well on the other side of the map from you for the purposes of this quiz, I'm sure we'd have a lot of common ground in certain areas if we sat down and talked about things. At least that's been my experience with folks from every conceivable background.

I'm convinced that the more power we give to the government, the more power there is for the rich and politically-connected to use to mash the rest of us into the ground.



At 10:45 AM, Bill Coughlan said...

Yeah, any type of chart like this is an oversimplification. What I did like about this one (and a comparable one a while back) was that it at least made an effort to differentiate between two completely unrelated aspects of the traditional “conservative” and “liberal” labels.

According to this quiz (which is grotesquely simple anyway), I happen to fall to the traditional “left” side on both measures, but I’ve got several friends who score in the “left” area on one measure but the “right” on the other. One thing I’ve found infuriating of late is the tendency (particularly in the Republican party) to use those who feel strongly about one aspect (say, social conservatism) to force an agenda focused on another (say, economic conservatism), when in fact there’s absolutely no connection whatsoever between the two. That’s one reason I despise the two-party system.

As to your comment about giving more power to the government, it’s a bit of a Catch-22, isn’t it? If we do give the government power, then they can use it against us (a sentiment I won’t begin to argue with). But if we don’t give it power, it has no ability to protect us from other predators. You mentioned “the rich,” and I’d argue that in theory, that’s exactly who “the government” is supposed to protect us against.

But you could just as easily bring up the current situation, in which the government (while seizing unprecedented power over civil rights) is willfully ceding all its power to check the abuses of the rich. Pretty much the worst of both worlds.

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see if I can find the Utne Reader map as well.


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