Realm Of Randomness

January 14, 2008

Who are you politically ?

Filed under: Current events,Politics — Randomizer @ 2:33 am

A year ago, I’d taken a ‘political affiliation’ quiz and found out that I was more ‘Centrist’ than left-leaning or right-leaning. This came as a surprise as I’d always thought I was left-leaning – I guess I assumed that since I hated the policies of the Bush administration, and Bush was a Republican, I should therefore be pro-Democrat.

I have lately been addicted to the American election, a sad irony since I do not have the right to vote in this country – and do not have the slightest interest in Indian politics, where I *do* have the right to vote :( . Anyway, I have watched all the debates so far – have closely followed the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, and have found a clear favorite…. and guess what, he’s Republican.

Ron Paul, so far an underdog in the Republican camp – and as out of place there as an ipod in the jurassic era, is a man very clear about his policies, and broad-minded enough to step away from the politics of fear and do the one thing that is badly needed for this country – to save the economy that’s likely heading into recession this year. Watch this youtube video here, where the host (from conservative Fox News) mocks him by asking him at a debate ‘Let’s talk about electability … do you (looking at Ron Paul) have any, sir?’. As the audience laughs away at this man, he comes away with a brilliant response …

(Do watch the whole video)

What I realized after watching tons of these debates is that we tend to ‘stereotype’ politicians based on the party they come from. Most of the time, our assumptions of their policies are dead on – but then, you have Ron Paul, and your definition of a Republican just goes up in smoke.

Ron Paul openly blames his country for terrorism, saying that ‘we attack their countries first, and it is our flawed foreign policy that is generating this hatred’ – a position that others refuse to admit. He is anti-war, pro-life and pro-civil liberties. He strongly puts forward his belief that America should go back to having a foreign policy of ‘non-intervention’. He is mocked by his opponents on the stage at every debate, but he has a fan following now that is reaching cult-like status. He has a tremendous internet presence, constantly bagging the ‘Most Viewed Video’ on YouTube, whenever a debate is over, and he has a record for the most campaign contributions on a single day from internet donors. People are listening to him, and they are liking what they hear.

But he will not get anywhere close to winning the Republican nomination, and there goes probably the most eligible candidate from the race.

He is described as a Libertarian – i.e. one who promotes individual freedom and small governments. The reason I liked him the most became clear to me today when I took the political affiliation quiz – Please go ahead and take the quiz too. I realized I was Libertarian too, and the analysis of my quiz showed the following result:

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Libertarianism taken to the extreme (as shown by the diagram above) is the support for Anarchy, and I am actually quite surprised to see myself that close to it… or maybe the diagram is misleading. I hope you take the quiz and find out more about yourself and your position. Whether you are involved in this election or not does not matter – knowing where you are on the political scale is according to me, as important a definition of who you are as the nation you come from.

Do let me know !

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5 Comments »

  1. Neat article. I had read a few times what Ron Paul said…. But its clear that he will not be the president in near future :)

    However I feel india polictics/election is lot more interesting than US.. definitely less transparent. Its more fun… general opinion of how the “illetrate guys” can take millions and millions of ppl for a ride.. Which is usally not the case… The issues that elections are fought india are quiet different considring the diversity(cultural, religious, ecnomical etc) which is not gonna change in the near future.

    The most curious I am about this US elections is…. Is US actually ready to vote a woman as the president… are they actually gonna accept a black-man as the president of their country.
    I am not sure what they say about woman power and all that stuff…. but US is still quiet backward considering the role of women in politics and still plenty of ppl there who cannot see a non-white as the top guy… Surprisingly pakistan’s got the highest number of women in active politics,,, (based on some survey I read long bak) … If you the see the role of women in the south asain countries… Indira Gandhi,, benazir bhutto,, begum khaleda zia,, Sheikh Hasina Wazed,, chandrika kumaratunga actually held the most powerful posts in their respective countries.

    Lets see if we see hillary or obama in the white house… I thought it would be clinton… but recent polls point towards obama,, but I have big doubt americans (especially the influential democrats)…. will accept a nonwhite guy… Most definitely no republican this time… but cannot count them out.. they are exceptional and might turn around the results.

    Comment by salman — January 15, 2008 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

  2. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Your true political self:
    You are a

    Social Liberal
    (75% permissive)

    and an…

    Economic Conservative
    (76% permissive)

    You are best described as a:

    Libertarian (76e/75s)

    You exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Was not surprised by the result at all…though from this poll at least our outlook is more similar than it appears to be.

    I have taken similar tests before….went from being centrist in 2004 to libertarian by early 2006.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 23, 2008 @ 10:51 am | Reply

  3. @salman: While Obama and Clinton keep sniping at each other, I won’t be surprised if some dark horse like john edwards comes up and wins! :) The republicans can not be brushed away either, because if it ends up being Clinton vs. McCain, I’d say he’s popular enough in parts of the US to take her down… either ways, this is really interesting ! Another thing – No one here really cares if its a woman or a non-white president – ppl just want whoever it is to come and save the economy that has hit rock bottom ! :P

    @anonymous: You sound familiar, but I can only guess who you are! Yeah, I went from centrist as well … I’d say the background calculations in the poll matter a lot too … I didn’t think I changed all that much since my last poll, but the results are totally different.

    Comment by Randomizer — January 23, 2008 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

  4. Ooops…that was me and I didnt realize I was not signed in when I made that comment :D

    Comment by sharath — January 27, 2008 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

  5. I guessed as much! Have always been meaning to ask you how your blog-free life has been going so far! Maybe you should blog about it ;)

    Comment by Randomizer — January 29, 2008 @ 1:56 am | Reply


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