Aug 1, 2005

compass, part 2

Our civil liberties are being excessively curbed in the name of counter-terrorism. Strongly disagree. Justifiably, yes. Excessively, no.

A significant advantage of a one-party state is that it avoids all the arguments that delay progress in a democratic political system. Strongly disagree. Sorry, but arguments in a democratic process are not a disadvantage, no matter how much they delay things.

Although the electronic age makes official surveillance easier, only wrongdoers need to be worried. Strongly disagree. Although I think everyone should be concerned, I have seen no abuses yet.

The death penalty should be an option for the most serious crimes. Strongly agree. In fact, I would remove the word "serious" from that statement with little reservation.

In a civilised society, one must always have people above to be obeyed and people below to be commanded. Strongly disagree. While it generally makes things easier, there is no requirement for such a heirarchy.

Abstract art that doesn't represent anything shouldn't be considered art at all. Strongly disagree. Art cannot be defined. It can be criticized, but it cannot be defined. And it sure as hell shouldn't be federally funded either.

In criminal justice, punishment should be more important than rehabilitation. Strongly agree. Though it depends on the crime. Murderers, rapists, molesters, terrorists should get no chance for rehabilitation.

It is a waste of time to try to rehabilitate some criminals. Strongly agree. Incinerators are rather effective for some classes of human refuse.

The businessperson and the manufacturer are more important than the writer and the artist. Strongly disagree. They all contribute to the system. Art can be purchased just as easily as a toothbrush.

Mothers may have careers, but their first duty is to be homemakers. Strongly agree. If a woman has children, her primary responsibility is those children.

Multinational companies are unethically exploiting the plant genetic resources of developing countries. Strongly disagree. If the developing countries don't like it, they don't have the sell multinational companies the land.

Making peace with the establishment is an important aspect of maturity. Strongly disagree. While the establishment is not by definition anathema, if it has problems, they should be confronted.

Astrology accurately explains many things. Strongly disagree. Astrology explains the superstitious, that is all.

You cannot be moral without being religious. Strongly disagree. Religion itself is an immoral suplication of humanity to vague mysticism at the expense of reason.

Charity is better than social security as a means of helping the genuinely disadvantaged. Strongly agree. Voluntary charity is the lifeblood of our nation that is being sucked dry by the government whore.

Some people are naturally unlucky. Strongly disagree. There is no such thing as luck. Only choice and reaction.

I would not wish to send my child to a school that did not instill religious values. Strongly disagree. I would never send my child to a school that instilled religious values. I would send them to a school that instilled moral or civic values.

Sex outside marriage is usually immoral. Strongly disagree. Sex is only immoral when it is undesired.

A same sex couple in a stable, loving relationship, should not be excluded from the possibility of child adoption. Strongly agree. Anyone stable and sane enough should be able to adopt.

Pornography, depicting consenting adults, should be legal for the adult population. Strongly agree. It is mana from heaven.

What goes on in a private bedroom between consenting adults is no business of the state. Strongly agree. What goes in in a private anything between consenting adults is no business of anyone else, much less the state.

No one can feel naturally homosexual. Strongly disagree. Go to next year's Pride parade, and tell me they're all faking it.

It's fine for society to be open about sex, but these days it's going too far. Strongly disagree. When there aren't even open showers in the US version of Big Brother, we haven't gone nearly far enough.

Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: 8.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.36

I'm actually almost exactly the same as Milton Friedman. Guess I should read some of his work.

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