Yes, but to a minor degree
Yes, but only on some issues
No, my views are exactly the same since I joined
No, it has reaffirmed and harden my views
I'm still open for persuasion
We have courts for that.we would have food filled with who the hell knows what,
Entirely erroneous and unneeded drama. Though I admit some transaction period would have to take place.we would have no reliable electric supply within a generation,
Again, courts.There would be toxic crap running through must water supplies, etc.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
My views are pretty much the same as when I joined. However, I have enjoyed learning more about views that differ from mine. I like to learn more about it without getting into a flame war or anything.
Libertarian and Atheist...wow I'm a hated man.
For me it was actually the previous forum before I came here. I had much looser positions that weren't as clearly defined. I actually used to call myself a libertarian, though much more from social perspectives than economic ones. But then I spent about six months debating with an economic libertarian, and found myself arguing more and more from the socialist perspective. I followed where my arguments were taking me, and discovered that a socialist model really is the best way to go. It includes the same social freedoms that I championed before, but includes enough control over economics to prevent private power from amassing too much and oppressing everybody else.
One of the big realizations for me was that the monarchies and aristocracies of the middle ages did not involve anything like what we call "government" today. There were no checks and balances, and those systems far more closely resembled private power run amok than any kind of public institution. Even the fascist and communist regimes of the 20th century were following this "consolidate power into a few private hands and then do everything possible to keep it there" model, rather than any system oriented toward the public good.
One area where I am always learning new things from this forum is international relations, however.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
I don’t understand a political view myself. Political views seem like a religious view religious ‘views’ to me. In fact they seem to be rolled up together by many. What I want are solutions that will work. I guess my political view is Design Engineer.
Philosophical views.....political leanings.....
Depends on the exact area...some have been hardened, others softened.
I am an advocate of states rights, not that they know better than the feds, but that there always seems to be many different ways of doing the same thing....
So what I do favor is a high level of communications between states and people..
There are some mighty smart cookies here on DP.