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751  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Quote Your First Post on: October 18, 2013, 08:15:15 pm
A quiz slut from day one (some quotes removed to make it short enough to post)...

Beyond Red vs. Blue The 2005 Typology Test


[The Political Compass™]

Economic Left/Right: -6.75
Social Authoritarian/Libertarian: -8.36

[The Political Matrix]

Economic score: -6.32
Social score: -8.35

[Politopia - The Land of Custom-Made Government]

Placed in the Southwest with liberals, civil libertarians, democratic socialists, egalitarians, and anarcho-socialists.

[World's Smallest Political Quiz]

Personal issues score is 100%.
Economic issues score is 10%.

[OkCupid! Politics Test]

Described as socialist; am a social (78% permissive) and economic (11% permissive) liberal.

[Moral Politics - A Morality-Based Political Test]

Placed as -5 on moral order, 3.5 on moral rules. System: Socialism; Ideology: Social Democratism, Activism; Party: No Match; Presidents: Jimmy Carter; '04 Election: David Cobb; '08 Election: Dennis Kucinich. Of the respondents: 4% are close, 76% are more conservative, 6% are more liberal, 4% are more socialist, and 8% are more authoritarian.

[VoteMatch Quizes]

"Hard-core liberal" with a personal score of 80% and economic score of 10%. Among parties, had a 58% match (70% P, 15% E) with the GPUSA, 33% match (40% P, 25% E) with the Democratic Party, and a 20% match (10% P, 30% E) with the Republican Party. From the rest of the quizzes here, the five closest matches amongst public officials were:

1. Dennis Kucinich, 75% match (81% S and 71% E)
2. Ralph Nader, 75% match (75% S and 75% E)
3. Brian Moore, 73% match (69% S and 75% E)
4. Joe Biden, 73% match (56% S and 83% E)
5. Chris Dodd, 70% match (81% S and 63% E)


The quiz results report that I am...

5% more leftist (E) and 12% more leftist (S) than B. Richardson (76% substantive match).
6% more leftist (E) and 8% more leftist (S) than J. Edwards (74% substantive match).
11% more leftist (E) and 4% more rightist (S) than B. Obama (72% substantive match).
2% more leftist (E) and 13% more leftist (S) than H. Clinton (67% substantive match).
55% more leftist (E) and 29% more leftist (S) than R. Paul (51 % substantive match).
52% more leftist (E) and 61% more leftist (S) than J. McCain (39% substantive match).
59% more leftist (E) and 48% more leftist (S) than R. Giuliani (35% substantive match).
61% more leftist (E) and 61% more leftist (S) than M. Romney (33% substantive match).
56% more leftist (E) and 68% more leftist (S) than M. Huckabee (33% substantive match).
59% more leftist (E) and 76% more leftist (S) than F. Thompson (31% substantive match).

Swedish political parties

My #1 is: Centre Party
My #2 is: Environmentalist Party       
My #3 is: Social Democrats     
My #4 is: Left-Wing Party
My #5 is: People's Party (Liberals)
My #6 is: Communist Party Marxist-Leninist

[Political Philosophy Quiz]

Conservative/Progressive score: 12 (Social Progressive)
Libertarian/Authoritarian score: 2 (Libertarian)
Pacifist/Militarist score: 3 (Pacifist)

Classified as a Hardcore Democrat, and was compared to Bill Clinton, JFK, and Jimmy Carter.

[Political Spectrum Quiz]

I was deemed a left social libertarian (-5.38, -5.86), scored -6.3 on the foreign policy scale (anti-war), and scored -9.4 on the cultural scale (liberal). Generally, this appeared to place me at a position on the chat four points more libertarian than the U.S. Democratic, U.K. Labour, and Canadian New Democratic Parties. A party could not be found closer aligned than the GPUSA but the result I received was still within the Democratic spread.

[The Enhanced-Precision Political Quiz]

Personal score: 70%
Economic score: 20%

In which of the nine political regions do you fit?

My #1 is: Centralist - Socially center, economically left.    
My #2 is: Moderate - Socially center, economically center.
My #3 is: Left - Socially left, economically left.   
My #4 is: Liberal - Socially left, economically center.
My #5 is: Statist - Socially right, economically left.

[What Kind of Conservative Are You?]

Neo-Con (50% match): You were originally either apolitical or even *gasp* a liberal who was mugged by the reality of world events. You believe in peace through severely pounding those who threaten you. Your motto: "What would Hitchens do?"

[What Kind of a Liberal Are You?]

You Scored as Neo-Con (70%): You have been expelled from the Liberal family for daring to hold onto the values that made you a liberal in the first place. Now you're a dirty little Neo-Con who is worse than Hitler.

[Which economic school do you belong to?]

My #1 is: Keynesian
My #2 is: Neo-Keynesian
My #3 is: Gandhian
My #4 is: Communist
My #5 is: Neoclassical
My #6 is: New Keynesian

[What ideology are you?]

My #1 is: Social Liberalism
My #2 is: Social Democratism
My #3 is: Green Anarchism
My #4 is: Christian Democratism
My #5 is: Eco-Socialism
My #6 is: Classical Liberalism
My #7 is: Democratic Socialism
My #8 is: International Communism
My #9 is: Anarcho-Socialism
My #10 is: Neolibertarianism
My #11 is: Libertarianism

[Foreign Policy Philosophy]

My #1 is: Radical - Emphasis on social justice, cooperation, democracy
My #2 is: Neoliberal - Emphasis on cooperation, consensus, free trade
My #3 is: Pacifist - Emphasis on violence, injustice, war
My #4 is: Liberal - Emphasis on freedom, markets, democracy
My #5 is: Libertarian - Emphasis on defense, small government, vital interests

[Vosem Chart Locator (United States version)]

Liberal (100%), New Labour (75%), Anarcho-Syndicalist (67%), Totalitarian (65%), Libertarian (39%), Traditional Societies (37%), Authoritarian (37%), Conservative (5%).

[European Political Ideologies]

My #1 is: Green
My #2 is: Social Democrat
My #3 is: Social Liberal
My #4 is: Classical Socialist
My #5 is: Communist

[Political Profile]

My #1 is: Welfare Liberal (Socialist, Elitist, Modernist, Individualist)
My #2 is: Social Democrat (Socialist, Democrat, Modernist, Individualist)
My #3 is: Classical Liberal (Capitalist, Elitist, Modernist, Individualist)
My #4 is: Communist (Socialist, Elitist, Modernist, Collectivist)
My #5 is: Liberal-Democrat (Capitalist, Democrat, Modernist, Individualist)
My #6 is: Communal Socialist (Socialist, Elitist, Traditionalist, Individualist)
My #7 is: Socialist (Socialist, Democrat, Modernist, Collectivist)
My #8 is: Anarchist (Socialist, Democrat, Traditionalist, Individualist)
My #9 is: Progressive Conservative (Capitalist, Elitist, Modernist, Collectivist)

[Political Personality Quiz]

Based on your answers, you are a strong supporter of a "planned society."

Highest ranking dimension: Big Government
Second highest ranking dimension: Wide Focus

Also, somewhat more democratic, individualistic, and ecocentric than autocratic, collectivist, and human-centric; exactly balanced between "literalist" and "rationalist."

The Economic School of Thought Test

46 Keynesian, 38 Chicago, and 8 Austrian

You know some Keynesian and Neoclassical economics, but are committed to neither the Keynesian or Chicago School. You're no radical . . . you have just enough interest in economics to be dangerous. At least you retained some, though, and have a working knowledge on which to build. Some of your thoughts are a bit inconsistent, though, so you probably are more of a practical thinker, just using what you think makes sense, or is most effective to the needs of the day. Don't argue with Socialists or Fascists, you're not equipped yet, but you can explain some basic things to a younger relative who may be asking why the market performs as it does.

Civics Quiz

You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %
Average score for this quiz during January: 73.7%

The Direction of the Country Test

Global Kumbaya: -4 traditional, 12 liberties, -6 capitalist, -4 isolationist and 2 populist!

Where this country went wrong was in thinking we could do anything all by ourselves -- as a nation or as individuals. What we need is a resurgence of the cooperative spirit, of concern for human rights and the well-being of our fellow man, of the heights that a person's potential can reach when it's properly nourished. It's time to combine our energies into a rising tide that lifts all boats, at home and abroad. Yes, we can!
752  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: is it time to re-examine the criminal justice system? on: October 17, 2013, 11:46:51 pm
I reckon we'd be better off with a much greater emphasis on rehabilitation and a restorative, not retributive, justice system. Civil law also seems a bit more attractive to me than common law. No more death penalty and no life sentences without parole, but there should be some way to keep criminals in prison indefinitely if they clearly still pose a sufficiently serious threat to others.

My overarching perspective is that the criminal is someone who is acting in a way unfairly hindering the free exercise of others' rights and, though still valuable and entitled to many rights under the terms of the social contract they have with the state, need to be placed in environs controlled enough to prevent more inappropriate acts / violations of the contract from being perpetrated.

The way I see it, justice is done: for victims when the offenders have done everything reasonable within their power to make reparations and the state does everything reasonable in its power to protect victims from further harm; for offenders when victims are placated sufficiently that they will not seek extrajudicial retribution and the state treats them humanely - with dignity, respect, and with concern for their (hopefully) eventual restoration as productive and free members of society; and justice is done for the state and everyone else in the country negotiating with it when the constitutionally codified terms of their social contract are upheld (as a matter of mutual interest).

Snowguy's post is something I can stand by 100%, as well.
753  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Post your First World Problems here on: October 17, 2013, 05:56:48 pm
Well, since I'm great at finding things to complain about:

  • My employer won't give me more hours because they'd have to get me health insurance.
  • The average rent for an apartment in town is higher than my monthly gross pay.
  • I'm underemployed, with my current income falling about 33% short of the poverty line.
  • I'm a lonely romantic without a girlfriend in over three years; still a virgin and never been kissed.
  • What I want most in life is love but I just get rejected, cheated on, or eventually dumped.
  • The local branch of my political party is so FUBAR that there's nobody to accept my application to join.
  • I cannot seem to reliably control when I wake up each morning.
  • I've plans to write over a dozen books but no motivation to actually write most of the time.
  • A political career is basically ruled out for me by my eccentricity, lingering social phobia, and autism.
  • It is very embarrassing being 24 with the overall maturity and life skills of a teenager.
  • My knowledge of some areas of study is vast, but I've no productive outlet for applying it to my labors.
  • I am smart enough to know what is wrong with me but oft too neurotic to function well independently.
  • My only friends are online; none of them enjoy spending time with me as much as I do with them.
  • I have to commute on a bike all year in a rural area; driving tests for cars are too stressful for me.
  • The daily weather patterns are such that I must ride into a headwind both to and from work.
  • I'd be fine riding a motorcycle but under law I cannot do that without passing driving tests in cars.
  • No careers within my reach have much - in any - appeal to me; work is mostly a burden.
  • My dream job is being a poli sci prof. but I can't handle the stress of going back to uni for more degrees.
  • My fallback job of choice is being a librarian but that is also out of reach for the aforementioned reason.
  • I'd also thrive on being a state-level legislator but haven't a snowball's chance in hell at getting elected.
  • I'm poor but do not qualify for TANF, food stamps, or any subsidies for Obamacare's insurance mandate.
  • If my parents weren't so generous I'd be homeless with untreated clinical depression in spite of working.
  • I try to be financially responsible but don't have enough income to set aside anything for saving.
  • My socioeconomic position forces me to focus on basics for survival rather than striving for fulfillment.
  • Most of my dreams are about things that bring me distress.
  • Trips to town are a hassle; locking up the bike takes time and I always arrive sweaty.
  • The interest I get from local banks and credit unions seldom keeps up with the rate of inflation.
  • I am too much of an underachiever to get the social approval and positive attention from others I crave.
  • I want to be vegetarian but am too finicky to get enough protein without meat.
  • Almost every food I like is unhealthy for me and/or prohibitively expensive to have often.
  • Either I exercise and go hungry every day, or continue to creep unhealthy closer to obesity.
  • I get nagged on by one parent for not prioritizing traditionalism in lifestyle over living within my means.
  • I seem to be a magnet for deer flies, horse flies, mosquitoes, yellowjackets, and wasps.
  • Can't rip videos from online (e.g. YouTube) anymore for some reason.
  • As a self-critical perfectionist, I more or less perpetually condemn myself to low self-esteem.
  • I am very forgetful and awful when it comes to executive functioning.
  • I am very clumsy, oft jumble up my words, and generally give off the impression of being an idiot.
  • I want to adopt kids or animals, and help other people, but it's too much of a struggle to even help myself.
  • My life is meaningless, insignificant, largely out of my power to control, and never free of worry and anxiety.
  • Without others to frequently lean on for practical advice and emotional support, poor mental health would force me into absolute poverty, then to suicide, in less than a year.

Also, on a lighter note, languages shouldn't be so hard to learn. I'd like to know Spanish and Russian, at least.
754  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who's the biggest True Leftist on Atlas? on: October 17, 2013, 04:23:40 pm
What are we using as a working definition of "True Leftist," if I may ask? Are we talking about the poster adhering to views closest to those of a red anarchist, the most orthodox adherent here to Marxist-Leninism, the poster with views most compatible with the Old Labor flavor of 20th century, European democratic socialists, the person who is most radical in how their views differ from those well established in Western civilization, the one espousing the most egalitarian values, the poster most thoroughly championing self-determination of the individual free of oppression, or? Until we settle on how we are to measure and compare posters there can be no rational answer.

If I had to guess... maybe Tweed?
755  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Nuclear Power on: October 17, 2013, 02:18:09 pm
FE on balance, and the only huge rift to be found between myself and most Greens.

It is also the only part of the energy sector I think the state can manage better than firms. The biggest problems with it involve extraction of ore at the beginning of the fuel-making process. Future prospects are good, however, and nuclear will be even more FE'esque once reactors begin using Thorium or someone figures out how to make fusion power stations viable.
756  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Monarchy or Republic? on: October 16, 2013, 10:58:15 pm
Staunch republican here, though I do not think monarchy is inherently bad.
757  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the Controlled Substances Act be repealed? on: October 16, 2013, 10:55:31 pm
Option one if I can get other policy changes made in step with it; otherwise option two.
758  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of This Image on: October 16, 2013, 12:25:47 pm
He would make an excellent bronemy / political nemesis, especially since we are about the same age and I was born in the Twin Cities. xD
759  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Halloween on: October 16, 2013, 12:18:10 pm
I'm familiar with egging and wrapping, but forking is a new concept for me.  Is it like spooning?  I hear that spooning often leads to forking.

Unfortunately, no...

760  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Should George Zimmerman watch Friendship Is Magic? on: October 16, 2013, 12:15:41 pm
[fluttershy]Everyone should watch Friendship is Magic. But only if they want to, I guess?[/fluttershy]
761  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Nobody wants the body of a 100-year old Nazi mass murderer on: October 16, 2013, 11:08:11 am
Did he leave any instructions on what do to with his body? Are there no relatives at all willing to bury him? The Society of St. Pius X said they are okay with doing the funeral ceremony, so great. It does not matter that he was a Nazi in this instance; he was a human being, and treating him as anything less than that would be deplorable. This really shouldn't be a hard problem to sort out.
762  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Most important issues on: October 16, 2013, 10:43:40 am
Without item #1 my first several choices would be cluttered by institutional and economic reforms.

1. New Constitution*
2. Foreign Policy
3. Energy Policy
4. National Debt
5. Space Programme

*Preferably including dozens of reforms and founding an American Federation of Socialist Republics
763  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your Opinion on Vladimir Lenin? on: October 15, 2013, 11:51:17 pm
Horrible person, authoritarian to the core, possibly doomed the Russian experiment with socialism, and set an awful ideological precedent for other revolutionary movements. Partial credit is due for effort, but it does not even begin to make up for his betrayal of so many comrades.
764  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Heinrich Himmler (person) on: October 15, 2013, 11:41:08 pm
765  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Why can't we get commercials like this in the US? on: October 15, 2013, 11:20:26 pm
I like McDonalds ads from Japan far more than the ones in the States. Likewise, I've been impressed by Japanese ads for Dole bananas and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, as well. Overall, the commercials I see in the U.S. perpetually irritate me and remind me of the many things I loathe about mainstream society.
766  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of America's Founding Fathers on: October 15, 2013, 08:28:44 pm
Meh. The good of the Revolution only slightly tempers the fact that most of them owned slaves and did what they could to keep them. I try and separate their philosophies from their personal lives when I can, but all too often one was affected by the other.

On the balance, still pretty huge Freedom Fighters.

I really like this, and would like to second it. Many of Madison's ideas in particular carry a lot of weight with me and I consider my ideology a descendant of classical liberalism, so there's that.

None of them would get my vote if they ran for office today, of course, but they have my respect.
767  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Halloween on: October 15, 2013, 08:14:41 pm
Here's an idea:  let's have a day when all the children go from door to door filling their guts with sugar, lard, artificial colors, artificial flavors, empty calories, phosphoric acid, preservatives, and synthetic antioxidants and stabilizers for which no human has evolved the enzymes to digest.  Also, let's have them bring these questionable treats to their classrooms to share with other children, and let them eat the treats in quantities that no sane parent would allow any other time of year.  

What's not to like about Halloween?

Eggings, forkings, wet TP assaults, and consumerism. Otherwise it is a holiday wrought of win. FD!
768  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which of these things is whiter? on: October 15, 2013, 08:08:26 pm
Pumpkin spice lattes are only white cream-deep, whereas this site is almost totally white and pale gray.
769  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Rank how ideologically similar the preceding poster is to you on: October 15, 2013, 08:03:43 pm
I don't know 'em well, but my intuition is saying either 7 or 8 would be right.
770  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your basic belief regarding God/a higher power on: October 15, 2013, 08:01:19 pm
Agnostic, and also basically everything else Republitarian posted just a little bit ago.
771  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Malala Youfazai on: October 15, 2013, 07:58:42 pm
Inspirational FF. She is like a teenage Ghandi, seemingly without any of Ghandi's HP'esque personal qualities.
772  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: A BRTD dream come true - a female rebel website on: October 15, 2013, 07:50:05 pm
FARC is still alive?

It probably will be in some shape or form for as long as there is a place for organized crime in the drug trade. xD
773  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Today's Racists on: October 15, 2013, 07:35:53 pm
To be fair, I need to agree with ElectionsGuy on some of this. The core of the GOP's character is not racist and Republicans have many reasons to dislike the current President that have nothing to do with race. Of course there are racists in each major party - more so in the Republican Party for reasons I do not really blame typical Republicans for - but the extent to which it pollutes politics is often exaggerated by Democratic hacks as an effective yet sleezy manipulation of symbolic capital.

Where I disagree though is that the amount of racism is in decline. There was a huge increase in hate groups organized in the United States when President Obama ascended to power. I do not know whether there are a lot of new racists in the States, but those who already were here seem more fired up about it than they have been in quite awhile. Poor economic times also tend to fuel anti-immigrant attitudes, at least some of which takes the form of bigotry directed against Latinos.

Over the long term I think the observations are generally true though - i.e. there is diminishing influence of religiously-motivated intolerance and other sources of bigotry over U.S. public policy.
774  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Today's Racists on: October 15, 2013, 11:05:57 am
Relative to in past generations, yes. RWA types tend to dislike seeming abnormal to others; they don't like to stick out from the crowd. Many now fall back on politically correct language to express themselves, or keep quiet about certain issues altogether, because humanists and egalitarian-leaning folk have claimed and are well entrenched upon the high ground in the ongoing cultural conflict between themselves and the normative/traditionalist crowd in the United States.

These days I suspect it takes a special kind of racist to express their views in a blunt, unfiltered way outside of their own relatively safe, private echo-chambers. In the same way it is no longer appropriate by the standards of mainstream society for a person to openly argue that the poor deserve to starve, the right to vote should be retracted from large portions of the population, society may well benefit from segregation or purges, the lives of foreigners are without value, folk who are not White, conservatively Anglo-Saxon cultured Protestants are second-class people, etc.

To avoid a misunderstanding though, traditionalism and intolerance often do not go hand in hand. From what I have read in the past I suspect that the RWA faction is only a quarter of the American electorate, and it's their personalities - not so much their political beliefs - that make them prone to following authoritarian leaders and rejecting humanist and egalitarian values.

Edit: Maybe the racism of minority group individuals is condemned less potently or overlooked at times because prevailing perspectives make most people more suspicious of and vigilant against future offenses by (ex-)dominating/majority groups today than (ex-)subjugated/minority groups? This might also explain why some bigots of minority group status also feel a lot more comfortable openly expressing their controversial views in public?
775  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which individual is responsible for more death and suffering? on: October 15, 2013, 10:14:42 am
A, overwhelmingly.
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