Political Spectrum Quiz, September 2016 (By WhiteChocolate MaleGold MedalGold TrophySuper StarDiamondGold Crown 2 years ago)

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32 votes
23 comments

Votes by gender

Guys
14 votes
78.6%
21.4%
Girls
4 votes
25%
75%
Unknowns
14 votes
35.71%
64.29%

Votes by country map view

United States
17 votes
71%
29%
United Kingdom
4 votes
50%
50%
Russia
1 vote
100%
Portugal
1 vote
100%
Romania
1 vote
100%
Bulgaria
1 vote
100%
Spain
1 vote
100%
Indonesia
1 vote
100%
Netherlands
1 vote
100%
Germany
1 vote
100%
Switzerland
1 vote
100%
Sweden
1 vote
100%
Canada
1 vote
100%
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    2 years ago
    ico
    I took the test two months ago, doubt the results will be different if I took it today: http://i.imgur.com/9ylyRr1.jpg
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    2 years ago
    ico
    You are a center-left moderate social libertarian. Left: 1.58, Libertarian: 2.79
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    2 years ago
    ico
    doesn't even post link. inconsiderate
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    2 years ago
    ico
    ActualFrisk MaleGold MedalGold TrophySuper StarDiamond from Yaroslavskaya Oblast', Russia
    You are a right social libertarian. Right: 3, Libertarian: 7.9
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    2 years ago
    ico
    More authoritarian, apparently. Not good.
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    2 years ago
    ico +1
    Seems Im libertarian. Go Gary Johnson?
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    2 years ago
    ico
    I'm basically in the middle
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    2 years ago
    ico
    MikeyR6544 MaleGold MedalGold TrophySuper Star from Virginia, United States
    im a white boi
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    2 years ago
    ico
    Lumalee MaleGold MedalGold TrophySuper Star from Jönköping, Sweden
    You are a left moderate social libertarian. Left 4.41. Libertarian 1.34.
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    2 years ago
    ico
    Left 8.88 Libertarian 1.3
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    2 years ago
    ico +1
    Right 4.61. Libertarian 7.1. I credit myself with converting you to libertarianism.
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    2 years ago
    ico
    Since I've always been interested in maps and data, one day I came across the Heritage Index of Economic Freedom, which shows that countries that embrace free-market policies tend to be much better off, and not the other way around. My ignorance of economics started to fade away. After that I continued doing research, reading articles on sites like Mises.org and Reason.com and slowly transitioned to libertarianism. You definitely played a role though.
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    2 years ago
    ico
    Which parameters do you use to determine how better off people are? And how did you determine cause and effect (meaning how do you know that economic freedom didn't come from countries being better off)? Wealthier Western countries tend to be more economically free and these countries tended to be wealthy prior to our current global trading atmosphere. Also, more centre-left countries tend to be more economically free. There's also an interesting correlation between quality of education and economic freedom, which ties back to wealth.
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    2 years ago
    ico
    "how do you know that economic freedom didn't come from countries being better off" - North Korea and South Korea. "these countries tended to be wealthy prior to our current global trading atmosphere. " - The Economic system in Western societies back then was much closer to today's system than non-Western societies. When Europe had currency, companies and commerce, Africans lived in a an economy based on subsistence farming, with no currency, companies or commerce. "more centre-left countries tend to be more economically free." - True, freeer economies tend to have high taxes, high government spending. That doesn't mean that high taxes and high spending are good ideas. Guess which country has the best healthcare in the world? Hong Kong - the freest economy in the world - whose overall tax burden is only 15.7 percent of GDP, and government spending amounts to only 17.6 percent of GDP. It has the lowest infant mortality rate and the second highest life expectancy on Earth. http://healthblog.ncpa.org/hong-kong-health-care-system-is-number-one/#sthash.WlHNy7M1.dpbs and http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/12/hong-kong-healthcare-system-makes-us-system-look-like-third-world-nightmare/
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    2 years ago
    ico
    You'll have to elaborate on what you mean by North Korea and South Korea. Yes, European countries had a much more modern trade system than its African counterparts. But free trade is a newer concept (of course relatively old from our point of view, but not historically). These countries were fairly wealthy prior to free trade. In fact, new trade routes and free trade positions opened up as a result of their wealth (being able to fund expeditions). Yes, centre-left governments have had higher taxation and government spending than libertarian governments throughout history. They also faired better economically and the income was spread more evenly throughout the classes. But at the end of the day what's wrong with government spending and taxation? Hong Kong also has a two tier healthcare system. In fact, countries with a public option (whether two tier or single payer) generally have a better healthcare system. Hong Kong also has large income inequality that is growing. Hong Kong already has many major advantages over most places in the world: it is a major port and a huge economic hub. Without any type of government spending by a country like Somalia to stimulate the economy then how do expect them to get anywhere near Hong Kong in terms of economic size?
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    2 years ago
    ico
    "European countries had a much more modern trade system than its African counterparts" - there you go. "centre-left governments have had higher taxation and government spending than libertarian governments throughout history. They also faired better economically" - "libertarian governments"? The only governments that even come close to being libertarian (economically) are Hong Kong and Singapore. "Libertarian" Hong Kong is better off economically than "socially democratic" Sweden. The percentage of people in Hong Kong who are homeless is...... (are you ready?)......... 0.02%. 0.02%! Guess what Sweden's is? 0.36% - 18 TIMES higher than Hong Kong! "Hong Kong also has a two tier healthcare system." - I'm not against that. I think having a public option is a good idea. "Hong Kong also has large income inequality that is growing." - Income inequality in Hong Kong is not the same as income inequality in, say, Equatorial Guinea, where only those that are politically connected to the regime can become economically successful, while the vast majority of the population remains trapped in abject poverty. In Hong Kong, some people make more money than others, but almost no one lives in abject poverty, and everyone has the opportunity to succeed economically.
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    2 years ago
    ico
    Yes, libertarian governments have existed. The Harding and Coolidge administrations were quite libertarian economically. They gave massive tax cuts to the wealthy and had massive deregulation. Do you know what the result was? Reganomics is essentially libertarian economics. It's just Ayn Rand style laissez faire economics. The result was the shrinking of the middle class after decades of growth, rise in economic inequality, stagnated wages (even through productivity increased), and eventually after Bill Clinton deregulated the banking industry by getting rid of Glass Steagall, the Great Recession. Of course economic inequality is different in a developed state than a developing one. You could compare any developed country to any developing one and you'll find the same result. Also, homelessness is not poverty. Not everyone in poverty is homeless. Even comparing Singapore and Hong Kong to countries like Sweden or the US for that matter isn't black and white. Singapore and Hong Kong are much more densely populated and they are city-states. They also rely heavily on foreign investments. You say you support a public option in healthcare, which isn't a very libertarian view so I'm curious. Do you support Social Security, public education, or public prisons? And what is your end game? The facts are Laissez faire economics benefits the upper-class while Keynesian economics benefits the middle-class. You don't need a libertarian ideology to have a free and prosperous economy. In fact, there are plenty of left-wing ideologies that support free economies too. Canada is quite left-wing, has the second freest economy in the Western Hemisphere, has a very good quality of life, and is even one of the happiest countries in the world.
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    2 years ago
    ico
    The Great Depression wasn't caused by deregulation. It was caused by the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies. https://fee.org/articles/the-great-depression-according-to-milton-friedman/
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    2 years ago
    ico
    Milton Friedman has a dog in that fight. I could easily quote economists like Paul Krugman who hold far different positions.
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    2 years ago
    ico
    I support public programs as long as they are funded through VOLUNTARY contributions. Taking people's money using threats of force is THEFT, and morally wrong. I'm against all coercion, except for self-defense and criminal prosecution. I believe individuals should be free to do what they wish as long as they do not violate anyone's rights to life, liberty or property.
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    2 years ago
    ico
    Do you believe that everyone deserves to make an income reflective of their productivity? Meaning if you produce more you should make more money.
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    2 years ago
    ico
    You are a far-right social libertarian. Right: 7.81, Libertarian: 8.27