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Who needs governments, I'm a right wing libertarian anarchist / survivalist 2 2.63%
Pat Buchanan is my hero. 1 1.32%
A firm conservative 3 3.95%
Mainly conservative, but liberal on a couple of issues 5 6.58%
Centrist, but more conservative than liberal 8 10.53%
Centrist, but more liberal than conservative 14 18.42%
Mainly liberal, but conservative on a couple of issues 13 17.11%
A solid liberal 21 27.63%
Far out flamin' leftie. Let's squeez the rich and increase taxes to 80% 6 7.89%
Bring down the rotten capitalist system, I'm an anarcho syndicalist/Trotskyie/Communist 3 3.95%
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Old 08-12-2005, 07:34 PM   #46
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Mainly liberal, but conservative on a couple of issues.

Oddly enough, the issues I am conservative about (abortion and gay marriage, etc) I am merely personally conservative about. I don't want to see any current laws changed or overturned (or added, for that matter.) Yes, the "this is how I feel about this but it's not right to impose my beliefs on others" thing.

So since I'm only "legally" liberal on these issues, (in the end, my vote goes to the liberals), does this make me a solid liberal by default?
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Old 08-12-2005, 07:41 PM   #47
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BTW..I'd be interested to know everyone's defenition of "centrist" either left or right-leaning, since today centrism seems to be dead. Is centrist the same as Libertarian ("it depends on the issue/court case/incident"?)
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Old 08-13-2005, 03:56 AM   #48
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If you're looking for a personal definition from a left-leaning centrist, I think that a centrist sees no ideology as sacred, often looks at both sides with dismay as to how entrenched they are in their positions. A centrist seeks balance (not a perfect balance, but a reasonable one) between rights and power and viewpoint. A good centrist views himself as objective, so will make his decision based on the circumstances at hand.

Left leaning, I favor the worker, choice, graduated income tax, environmental and business regulation. However, I believe that the regulations have to be reasonable and not crippling, that the
worker has to give good production. I believe in corporate accountability, but I also believe in personal accountability.

A centrist will look at both sides of an issue and isn't afraid of compromise. I think a centrist will get uncomfortable when the balance of power sways too much either way. A centrist is practical. For example (ducks from possible flame), although I believe in gay marriage, I think the fight right now should be for civil unions. I think there is strong support for that when you don't use the word marriage. Later on, when it becomes a fait accompli, the word marriage will slide into the accepted vocabulary of its own volition. Gays ultimately get what they want. The traditionalists aren't threatened. A centrist isn't going to get all tied up in the language of a situation.

A centrist sees both sides and believes that most times the truth is somewhere in between.
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Old 08-13-2005, 05:48 AM   #49
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PS. Centrist is usually considered a moderate. Or in some circles, wishy-washy or unprincipled opportunists.
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Old 08-13-2005, 10:12 PM   #50
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Voted solid liberal in the poll, but more honestly somewhere between that and flaming, far out there liberal. [/B]
same here, but i voted flaming leftie
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Old 08-13-2005, 11:29 PM   #51
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What if you agree half the time with the conservatives, while wanting the hippy liberals to stop smoking weed but the rest of the time you reckon the conservatives should pull the carrots out of their arses and perhaps...have a smoke and lighten up?

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You're a centrist.
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Old 08-15-2005, 02:19 PM   #53
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