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    (Original post by Thriftworks)

    + 7.9 - 2.1, What does that mean? Im a lib?
    Same as me.

    It essentially means your a socially liberal Tory.
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    (Original post by Rakas21)
    Same as me.

    It essentially means your a socially liberal Tory.

    Libertarian then? The absence of a major libertarian party is what makes me tory IRL. Ukip are apparently libertarian, but I think they are too right wing for me.
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    (Original post by Thriftworks)
    Libertarian then? The absence of a major libertarian party is what makes me tory IRL. Ukip are apparently libertarian, but I think they are too right wing for me.
    I wouldn't say i'm an actual libertarian despite getting the same result, whilst i do hold libertarian positions on some issues i'm a strong supporter of military action (though to enforce the principal that we are all entitled to basic liberty) and on stuff like personal health (drugs ect..) i don't support the notion of putting what you want in your body ect..

    Ukip are socially conservative, they simply get around this by saying they will hold referendums on those issues.
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    That wasn't the easiest questionaire to answer. An absense of a ''maybe'', ''sometimes'' or ''depends'' option didn't help, ha ha.
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    I hate these tests. Not only do they try and geometrically plot political philosophies, but their questions are also stupid.


    For instance, these questions are about ones social views not the social policies one support. It's entirely possible to be hold conservative/progressive values and not think that the state should force them upon other people.

    There is now a worrying fusion of information and entertainment.
    Our race has many superior qualities, compared with other races.
    People are ultimately divided more by class than by nationality.
    Astrology accurately explains many things.
    Sex outside marriage is usually immoral.

    Abstract art that doesn't represent anything shouldn't be considered art at all.
    The businessperson and the manufacturer are more important than the writer and the artist.
    Mothers may have careers, but their first duty is to be homemakers.
    The economic questions are equally as absurd:

    Controlling inflation is more important than controlling unemployment.
    Accept the economic "right", as this test calls them, don't believe this - It's a key principle of monetarism that in the long run there is no trade off between inflation and unemployment.

    The only social responsibility of a company should be to deliver a profit to its shareholders.
    Plenty of economic liberals (myself included) don't agree with this. It isn't right for a company to pursue profits above all else if it does it through violent means.

    What's good for the most successful corporations is always, ultimately, good for all of us.
    Again, only the most vulgar libertarian believes this.

    Multinational companies are unethically exploiting the plant genetic resources of developing countries.
    Absolutely, and they are doing it through the state - Google TRIPS.

    If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations.
    Well not ****, the question is what set of institutions allow this to happen? The proposition that free market types are making is that, with the right set of rules, the interests of business and society are not in conflict.

    And what on earth does this mean?:

    When you are troubled, it's better not to think about it, but to keep busy with more cheerful things.
    I also object to the way the characterise liberalism (or "neo-liberalism", as they call it, because putting neo at the start makes it sound scary) as right wing. If you look in the French assembly where the left-right spectrum started, the liberals, such as Frederic Bastiat, sat on the left with the socialists in opposition to the conservatives and monarchists. For most of its history, up until its unfortunate alliance with conservatism against socialism, liberalism has been about opposing concentrations of power and wealth.

    The charge of "social Darwinism" also ridiculous. Social Darwinism involves state intervention in the economy to weed out the weak, such as through eugenics programs. While the market does have evolutionary properties, it doesn't fit the definition of social Darwinism - social Lamarckianism might be a better term.
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    (Original post by PicardianSocialist)
    I hate these tests. Not only do they try and geometrically plot political philosophies, but their questions are also stupid.

    For instance, these questions are about ones social views not the social policies one support. It's entirely possible to be hold conservative/progressive values and not think that the state should force them upon other people.

    I also object to the way the characterise liberalism (or "neo-liberalism", as they call it, because putting neo at the start makes it sound scary) as right wing. If you look in the French assembly where the left-right spectrum started, the liberals, such as Frederic Bastiat, sat on the left with the socialists in opposition to the conservatives and monarchists. For most of its history, up until its unfortunate alliance with conservatism against socialism, liberalism has been about opposing concentrations of power and wealth.
    This; thank you. Most of these tests are ridiculous: it is impossible to distill essentially complex political views in to a couple of useful adjectives and plot them on a graph. I consider myself a bit of a Bismarck-style reactionary - I am a traditionalist and a corporatist, yet I am also libertarian. But, apparently, according to tests like this, only people who are laissez-faire free market capitalists can be considered 'right-wing', which is why, disappointingly, my test results are thus:

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    Mines roughly this, slightly more towards the centre though.
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    Unbiased but edging towards socialist. Makes sense to me.
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