Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cool political quiz.

Since I always have a difficult time describing how I fit in politically, I thought this quiz would be fun and maybe enlightening. If there were a more detailed quiz, I'd take it to see if my results were really right. Despite the fact that my heart wants to rebel at being labeled a "social liberal," I think the quiz was pretty accurate. It says that I "exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness." Hmmm...I definitely have a well-developed sense of right and wrong, but I don't really know that I "believe" in economic fairness. I believe in the market playing itself out and people offering a hand up to their neighbors without a lot of government interference. What I love about the quiz is how far away the chart plots me from totalitarians, fascists and socialists. Anyway, here are my results:

You are a

Social Liberal
(68% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(60% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test


Michael said...

im in the centrist area, slightly below the horizontal line but smack dab in the middle of the vertical line.

Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity, how do you feel about the current federal bailout in terms of government interference? Should we let the market play out? Should there have been better regulation prior?

In previous posts you referenced leaning a little more Republican. Does this quiz, and the fact that you are pretty much on the line between Libertarian and Democrat change your view at all? As much as a generic quiz could shape your view, that is...

Hillary Dickman said...

Hello, Anonymous! Hmmm...

I'll attack the easier question first...the fact that the quiz labeled me Libertarian (but had me close to Democrat) confirmed what I had been thinking for a while...that my economic views are very free-market, typical of a Libertarian. Although my social values probably match up better with Republicans than with Democrats, when it comes down to it, I guess I just believe in small government more strongly than anything -- and that includes less regulation of morals/values/social issues. I believe in the power of the people to cause change, to regulate, and to care for each other and their own communities.

Now...the market. I don't even know if I can give an educated analysis of the situation, but here's my take: more regulation might have kept us out of trouble. By the same token, the companies who are being bailed out could have prevented this from happening -- they had to know what trouble they were getting into. What I know for sure is that the government is now borrowing money from people to bail out big financial companies. If they're borrowing our money to do it, they're taking money out of the economy. Not good for the economy over the long term, but maybe good for the short term.

So, there you go. My short and very uneducated opinion about the current state of our economy!