View Poll Results: Has participation on the forum changed your political views?

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  • Yes, significantly

    3 6.38%
  • Yes, but to a minor degree

    10 21.28%
  • Yes, but only on some issues

    14 29.79%
  • No, my views are exactly the same since I joined

    14 29.79%
  • No, it has reaffirmed and harden my views

    8 17.02%
  • I'm still open for persuasion

    8 17.02%
  • IDK/Other

    1 2.13%
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    Re: Has participation on this forum changed your political views?

    The political term that seems most all over the place is "libertarian." Left. Right. Middle. Or just wacko. It seems "libertarian" mostly means "very angry about everything."

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    Re: Has participation on this forum changed your political views?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Has participation on this forum changed your political views?

    It has mine. When I first was here, I was a stauch Obama supporter, what I would call Independent Democrat and more views leaning left than right. My early messages clearly were "pro-Democrat." "anti-Republican" and "pro-Obama." I had been a Democrat election judge for my precinct.

    However, reading so many messages by members "on the left" and "on the right," OTHER THAN SOCIAL ISSUES - I find my self going further and further "right" and "Republican." However, I disagree with Republicans vehemently on nearly all social issues (gay marriage, abortion).

    I am stunned at the extreme bigotries of many on "the left" - economic, gender, race, by their almost rabid opposition to free speech, the mass number of messages calling for people of different views to be imprisoned in extremely harsh terms - and then causing them to lose nearly all rights including the right to vote, and overally contempt of individuality, private citizenry rights, and demanding goverment control-freakism. I have learned that "liberal" mostly now is the anti-thesis of "personal freedom."

    Has your views changed, hardened, or ? by participation on this forum?
    If I have ever come across as too authoritarian, it is because most of the things you listed have a perverted half-existence to begin with, although the suggestion that we lack authoritarian right-wing figures on this site does little to support your change.

    Anyway, mostly just hardened me.
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    Re: Has participation on this forum changed your political views?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    What I dislike about the term "progressive" is that the very term insinuates that anything else is somehow "regressive", and that's simply not true. In fact, it's an outright lie. Why someone would want to identify them self with a lie is beyond me, but to each their own. Anyway, change isn't always good. Sometimes the tried and true is just fine and the better option, sometimes things do need to be changed.
    Yup, “Sometimes the tried and true is just fine and the better option, sometimes things do need to be changed.” Yes, to make any progress one has to address things just like this.

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    Re: Has participation on this forum changed your political views?

    This website helped me find what my views actually are. My general checklist on how I consider an issue hasn't changed, I feel like I have always been open minded. This website has made realize how much the hyper religous and the flaming liberals really make politics a pain and shameful.
    I have been convinced by others to change my views on this website and can't think of what they are right now, specifically, but I have definitely been convinced by others.

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