The Big Think

September 28, 2004

Patrickis a Liberal

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 4:32 pm

Patrick has some interesting thought today about faux-liberalism. I agree with him that the bounds of liberal vs conservative are not as clear as we are normally let to believe. For instance, some of the things that I do that would tag me as a liberal:

1. tea drinker
2. accord driver (Erin’s car… my pickup would be a strong conservative tag)
3. NPR listener (hey, it’s Austin! though I do confess to frustration with their transparent, taxpayer-funded partisanship).
4. STRONG advocate for environmentalism- this comes from being a wilderness guide for 5 summers in college. Heck, we even talked about buying a Prius, but the semi-used Accord was half the price.
5. Just moved out of the 18-24 range, so I guess I’m an “old conservative” now.
6. Ditto Patrick’s “working in the music business”
7. Mac user
8. living in Austin

and the #1 thing that would target me as a liberal: having some good liberal friends. In fact, I think our friends cover the range from “lunatic lefty” to “raging righty”, with a smattering of libertarian. I hope the thing that would break the conservative stereotype about me is that I’m actually willing to get into a civil conversation with all of them.

All this may be moot, though, as this quiz tells me that I’m a straight down the middle, dead-center, bulls-eye centrist, fer cryin’ out loud. How boring is that? I might as well be from the Neutral Planet. Then again, the quiz might be – shocking! – wrong.


  1. Does it matter that that quiz is hosted on a Libertarian party website??

    Really… you’re libertarian… we promise.

    Comment by Patrick — September 28, 2004 @ 4:37 pm

  2. Scores me as a Libertarian. I’ve actually had that result on similar tests. I’ve also scored high as agreeing with the “Constitution Party” on other tests, but they scare me.

    Comment by Durb — September 28, 2004 @ 4:42 pm

  3. Scores more political quizzes here:

    They all say I’m conservative. 😀

    Comment by Patrick — September 28, 2004 @ 4:51 pm

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