OK Cupid’s Political Persuasion Test

You are a

Social Liberal
(76% permissive)

and an…

Economic Liberal
(18% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Socialist

You exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness. loc: (99, -119)
modscore: (11, 46)
raw: (1543)

Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

3 Comments

  1. Jens Alfke said:

    That quiz has its definition of “Economic Liberal” precisely backwards. An economic Liberal is one who believes in free markets, free trade, minimal government regulation of the economy (but not to the same extremes as a Libertarian.) That’s the meaning of the term as it was coined in England in the mid-1800s and as still used outside of the US. It’s only in the US that the word “liberal” became associated just with the _social_ aspects of liberalism (free speech, privacy, minimal government regulation of social behavior).

    I’m more or less an economic liberal (I’ve been reading The Economist (www.economist.com) too long, it seems.) But I’m friendly to economic lefty types; it’s only social conservatives that piss me off =)

    January 20, 2006
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  2. Jake Savin said:

    But I’m friendly to economic lefty types; it’s only social conservatives that piss me off =)

    I’m with you on that one. I agree also about the definition of “liberal”. In this country we’ve had >45 years of social conservatives re-branding the word “liberal” to mean communist. It’s only recently that some of us have caught on to that game.

    While I’m a little libertarian-leaning, I think we as a society have a responsibility to organize our economy and government with a sense of responsibility for maintaining at least a minimum standard of living for everyone, regardless of their willingness or ability to provide for themselves.

    The “personal responsibility” types don’t seem to get this, even though many of them belong to religions which espouse it. And they fall both ends of the conservative/libertarian scale.

    January 20, 2006
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  3. Jens Alfke said:

    I think I’m with you on the societal-responsibility thing, at least at this level of generalization =)

    January 20, 2006
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