View Poll Results: So you've crossed the aisle or changed ideology?

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Thread: So have you changed your political lean since you've been here?

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    Re: So have you changed your political lean since you've been here?

    Quote Originally Posted by FreedomFromAll View Post
    The only choices in your world is Liberal or Conservative? How narrow minded.
    I agree. The 'liberal-conservative' dichotomy is especially annoying, because socially libertarian and economically left-wing views do not necessarily go together (just as the authoritarian and right-wing counterparts don't go together).

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    Re: So have you changed your political lean since you've been here?

    Quote Originally Posted by JustinS View Post
    I agree. The 'liberal-conservative' dichotomy is especially annoying, because socially libertarian and economically left-wing views do not necessarily go together (just as the authoritarian and right-wing counterparts don't go together).
    Exactly, plus many voters just vote for personal reasons not because of what their party wants. After all once inside the voting booth no one really knows how you voted.

    Personally Im all over the field, its always funny when people accuse me of being Left or Right, and they think that I am being dishonest by not adhering to either philosophy.

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    Re: So have you changed your political lean since you've been here?

    Quote Originally Posted by JustinS View Post
    I started my interest in politics a few months back, when I naively declared myself a democratic socialist. As my political knowledge grew, pragmatism and skepticism eventually won over. This cause me to shift from socialism to a moderate social-democratic position (basically center-left in all regards). As I learned even more about different viewpoints, my economic views moderated further over time (along with a very slight gain in social authoritarianism). Later I began to appreciate views around the entire spectrum. This basically ridded me of the dogmatic intolerance that was a natural byproduct of my social-liberal upbringing (I feel that dogmatic intolerance is demonstrated by both the liberal and conservative sides of the [false] dichotomy). As of now I sympathize heavily with liberalism, centrism, integralism, and social-democracy. I would best characterize myself with the broad term 'left-nationalist' currently (although I am still a social libertarian), and I've developed a harsh opposition to both totalitarianism and libertarian economics.
    Wow. That's quite a journey for just a few months.

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    Re: So have you changed your political lean since you've been here?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Wow. That's quite a journey for just a few months.
    It is. I don't expect any more of my ideological shifts to be quite as dramatic though, because this one began just when I started learning about politics.

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    Re: So have you changed your political lean since you've been here?

    Quote Originally Posted by JustinS View Post
    It is. I don't expect any more of my ideological shifts to be quite as dramatic though, because this one began just when I started learning about politics.
    Always leave room for growth. :P

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    Re: So have you changed your political lean since you've been here?

    Quote Originally Posted by FreedomFromAll View Post
    Always leave room for growth. :P
    That is a good rule to follow by. The only two ideologies that I'm not really open to are libertarianism and conservatism, because my moral philosophy is at odds with both of those.

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    Re: So have you changed your political lean since you've been here?

    I was raised in a conservative home and then became very liberal. Then I realized liberalism was flawed in many places and became more of a centrist. My views have evolved while I have been here, but I wouldn't say they've gotten more conservative or liberal overall.
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    Re: So have you changed your political lean since you've been here?

    Was raised as a Pat Buchanan paleoconservative, wound up as a Ron Paul libertarian.

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    Re: So have you changed your political lean since you've been here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    You would be a terrible salesman.
    I'm not selling anything.
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    Re: So have you changed your political lean since you've been here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Perhaps it's a reflection on the quality of the OP.
    If you can't get through it, maybe you shouldn't be here. If you can't decide whether you became liberal or conservative, then don't vote. Really simple, even for you.
    "He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
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