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    (Original post by NikolaT)
    The only surprisingly consistent right-wing view held by students at my school was their support for the death penalty. It freaked me out when I first realised it, I thought we'd moved on from that like we did from voteless women and slavery...
    ..and stuff like cutting people's hands off for stealing :rofl:

    death penalty seems to have a consistent 50/50 split in opinion among entire population.
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    I don't see why people are right wing. Don't we all want to live in a tolerant more equal society?
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    (Original post by NikolaT)
    The only surprisingly consistent right-wing view held by students at my school was their support for the death penalty. It freaked me out when I first realised it, I thought we'd moved on from that like we did from voteless women and slavery...
    We had something similar at my school. The death penalty was somewhat popular, and a large number of people were in favour of criminalising suicide, too (unassisted, that is). Their argument was that criminalising it would reduce it... It was certainly one of the most stupid arguments I'd ever heard.

    I think quite a few people had similar views about abortion too. That said, I did go to a church school, so it's probably more likely that people would be pro-life there (speaking from experience as I used to be one of those people).
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    (Original post by Handles)
    We had something similar at my school. The death penalty was somewhat popular, and a large number of people were in favour of criminalising suicide, too (unassisted, that is). Their argument was that criminalising it would reduce it... It was certainly one of the most stupid arguments I'd ever heard.

    I think quite a few people had similar views about abortion too. That said, I did go to a church school, so it's probably more likely that people would be pro-life there (speaking from experience as I used to be one of those people).
    Hey, I think we were both applying to Oxford PPE for this year, how'd it go?

    Yeah I went to a private school, where I'm pretty sure students' views were disproportionately right-wing.
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    (Original post by NikolaT)
    Hey, I think we were both applying to Oxford PPE for this year, how'd it go?

    Yeah I went to a private school, where I'm pretty sure students' views were disproportionately right-wing.
    Oh yeah! Haha, I kind of gave up on applying to Oxford. My AS results were average (AAABC, but ABC in the subjects I continued), so I probably wouldn't have stood at chance at getting in. Add to that the pressure of the entrance exam and interviews... It was just too much. I'm now going to Sheffield to do Economics and Politics. How about you?

    Yeah. It's hard to gauge whether all students at my school thought like this, because quite a few of the teachers (who did most of the assemblies) were left-wing. However the views I was talking about came to fruition on my school's aptly named RAVE day (Religious And Virtue Ethics, I think), when a few visitors came in and got us to discuss controversial religious and social issues. Sadly it ended up being disheartening rather than particularly interesting (and it focused a bit too much on Christianity, but that's to be expected).
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    (Original post by Handles)
    Oh yeah! Haha, I kind of gave up on applying to Oxford. My AS results were average (AAABC, but ABC in the subjects I continued), so I probably wouldn't have stood at chance at getting in. Add to that the pressure of the entrance exam and interviews... It was just too much. I'm now going to Sheffield to do Economics and Politics. How about you?

    Yeah. It's hard to gauge whether all students at my school thought like this, because quite a few of the teachers (who did most of the assemblies) were left-wing. However the views I was talking about came to fruition on my school's aptly named RAVE day (Religious And Virtue Ethics, I think), when a few visitors came in and got us to discuss controversial religious and social issues. Sadly it ended up being disheartening rather than particularly interesting (and it focused a bit too much on Christianity, but that's to be expected).
    Rejected pre-interview, now doing Econ & Pol at Exeter.

    Funnily enough now that I think about it, a lot of our assemblies were done by left-wingers as well, both staff and students. I'm finding it difficult to remember any sort political assembly which could be categorised as anything other than liberal to some degree. I guess the mainstream is kinder to those outlets than others. But I could totally get behind a RAVE day.
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    I'm 36. Kids seem pretty left wing nowadays. Aside from paedophiles sentences. Oh and the assumption labour are worse than the Tories. Please Corbyn win! Never voted for the right blue or red and proudly so.
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    As a 17 year old, I can tell you you're absolutely wrong. For one, I dont find the generation coming throigh to be racist, we're very progressive and secondly, I am surrounded by lefty-utopian socialists in my school (annoyingly).
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    I have seen this, but it happens to the 'over confident impressionable cocky types of people'. I know one person like this, unfortunately all my classes include him. I would rather stick needles in my eyes than listen to him go on and on...
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    They feel threatened by my jaw
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    (Original post by NYU2012)
    White heterosexual cisgender male Christian middle-class privilege is slowly being dismantled. When someone's privilege is dismantled is oftentimes creates feelings of great discomfort - one is losing their position of hegemonic power and it feels like equality of 'leveling down'.

    This process (which is also contributed to by media influence) causes a far-right swing in defense of this loss of privileged power. It's why, for example, American left-wing politics has not changed much, but right-wing politics has continued to move further and further right with the appearance of the 'libertarians' and 'tea party'. It's a well documented phenomena, and even has analytic game theory explanations if you care to look into it.
    PRSOM. This makes a lot of sense and explained a few things that have been niggling me.
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    (Original post by TheonlyMrsHolmes)
    I have seen this, but it happens to the 'over confident impressionable cocky types of people'.
    That explains why it seems to be about 50% of the population of TSR. :lol:
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    (Original post by NikolaT)
    Rejected pre-interview, now doing Econ & Pol at Exeter.

    Funnily enough now that I think about it, a lot of our assemblies were done by left-wingers as well, both staff and students. I'm finding it difficult to remember any sort political assembly which could be categorised as anything other than liberal to some degree. I guess the mainstream is kinder to those outlets than others. But I could totally get behind a RAVE day.
    Ah okay, well done Oxford was quite a lofty goal for me, really. I went through a phase of thinking that it was the be-all-and-end-all, but that's certainly not the case.

    Yeah, I think social liberalism is basically the norm now (which I'm very happy about, to be honest) - even the Conservatives are much more "liberal" than they used to be. That said, they're lacking on other issues, like drugs reform (though that's also a theme in Labour too).

    I did a political assembly once which I managed to keep broadly neutral, though it was pre-election (when speculation of coalitions was rife) and I said that a "Conservative-DUP-UKIP coalition would be quite... something." :laugh: Other than that I was fairly unbiased. But I think one teacher went a bit far when they said, "Labour good, Conservatives bad." She got a few complaints for that...

    It's a fairly good idea in theory, but in practice it wasn't great. I think it should have been limited to half a day, rather than a whole day, because talking about controversial issues for that length of time can be rather demoralising. Mix in a few lighter discussions for the remainder of the day and you have a good plan.
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    (Original post by Ed Phelan)
    Nothing like a good bit of generalisation there. I suppose that the most right-wing Conservatives were also suddenly left-wing at uni?
    Generally yes. This is pretty well established - Morality Man himself was a bible-burning Trotskyist.


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    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    Well it's obvious that you can't label our generation as pure Thatcherites considering how liberal we are with social issues (on average).
    I never said anything of the sort.
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    Because the young have lost faith in the politicians that some of them elect to represent them , and this will continually happen as Politicians will follow their own agenda.

    Until politicians stop believing they know what's best for the country and listen to the people of your country the right wing and nationalist groups will continue to grow.
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    (Original post by SurreyJake)
    I don't see why people are right wing. Don't we all want to live in a tolerant more equal society?
    There are always extremes which need to be balanced out.

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    (Original post by SurreyJake)
    I don't see why people are right wing. Don't we all want to live in a tolerant more equal society?
    That depends what you mean by equal; I can't imagine much worse than having the same as everyone else and nothing more. If you're talking about gender/racial etc. equality then I would agree it's desirable but I don't see why it can't be achieved through centre-right politics


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    (Original post by Genevaniamey)
    Well I'm not too fond of the snp but they v advocate more cultural nationalism unlike the ethnic nationalism in england.
    Haha, you can count the number of ethnic SNP politicians on one hand.


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    Throughout the ages young people are more left wing. Since day dot.

    Plus NUS is proof that OP is nowhere near the mark
 
 
 
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