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Have any of you guys ever experienced a significant change in your political views? By that, I mean "have you ever become more liberal/conservative"?

The reason I'm asking you this question is because I recently went through some kind of a political renaissance. As a result, I became a lot more moderate on several issues (environmental, social...), and drifted more and more towards the center-right. It got to the point where I now consider myself to be a pragmatic "conservatarian".

Feel free to post pictures of your political compass. Just follow the link and take the test to see where you stand politically:

https://www.politicalcompass.org/

My results:



There's also this interesting and useful political typology quiz:

http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/

I ended up with this:


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Yes. I use to be down with the death penalty now I'm against it. Always been pro-environment and pro-life so that hasn't changed.
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I used to be Christian and I'm now an agnostic. I was around 18 when I began to experience this shift and my opinions have changed a lot because of it. I became much more liberal.
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Yes, I use to be in favor of very strict gun control, but I now see it as a farce. I still think semi automatic weapons and other heavy military grade stuff should be banned. I'm of the mind that if someone is motivated to kill, will not being able to buy a gun legally deter them?If someone wanted to murder, what would stop them from buying one on the black market for a couple hundred bucks?As long as someone can think murder, they can easily do the act.
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Yes, I use to be in favor of very strict gun control, but I now see it as a farce. I still think semi automatic weapons and other heavy military grade stuff should be banned. I'm of the mind that if someone is motivated to kill, will not being able to buy a gun legally deter them?If someone wanted to murder, what would stop them from buying one on the black market for a couple hundred bucks?As long as someone can think murder, they can easily do the act.


Most militaries use fully automatic weapons.My shotguns and some of my hunting rifles are semi automatic which in usual parlance means one round downrange for every one trigger pull.
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I've been a socialist all of my life and will likely die one. Not soon enough by some peoples reckoning.It's interesting to note that there is an old political maxim that you become more right wing as you get older.Don't believe it.
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kamahl01 wrote:

Yes, I use to be in favor of very strict gun control, but I now see it as a farce. I still think semi automatic weapons and other heavy military grade stuff should be banned. I'm of the mind that if someone is motivated to kill, will not being able to buy a gun legally deter them?If someone wanted to murder, what would stop them from buying one on the black market for a couple hundred bucks?As long as someone can think murder, they can easily do the act.


Most militaries use fully automatic weapons.My shotguns and some of my hunting rifles are semi automatic which in usual parlance means one round downrange for every one trigger pull.


I am admittedly no gun expert, but i'm referring to any type of guns that have some sort of rapid fire and can cause mass murder,like what that nut did during the Batman screening. I don't think anyone needs to be able to shoot so fast and so frequently for simple hunting or self defense.
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I used to practically be an anarchist. Now I recognize that some government programs are needed in order for society to function. I don't believe in the behemoth state we have in the US right now.
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kamahl01 wrote:


pirththee wrote:


kamahl01 wrote:

Yes, I use to be in favor of very strict gun control, but I now see it as a farce. I still think semi automatic weapons and other heavy military grade stuff should be banned. I'm of the mind that if someone is motivated to kill, will not being able to buy a gun legally deter them?If someone wanted to murder, what would stop them from buying one on the black market for a couple hundred bucks?As long as someone can think murder, they can easily do the act.


Most militaries use fully automatic weapons.My shotguns and some of my hunting rifles are semi automatic which in usual parlance means one round downrange for every one trigger pull.


I am admittedly no gun expert, but i'm referring to any type of guns that have some sort of rapid fire and can cause mass murder,like what that nut did during the Batman screening. I don't think anyone needs to be able to shoot so fast and so frequently for simple hunting or self defense.


I own many guns, but in no way support the NRA's political positions.I agree with you that stringent background checks are needed and all loopholes closed.Nuts with guns is only cool in anime.Frankly, if you think your lone M4, BAR,AK,etc, is going to protect you against the government or someone with the drop on you, you're just being delusional.
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This was taken from this website: http://www.extremelysmart.com/humor/cowsexplain.php


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In my younger days I was quite liberal and saw everything according to how the teachers saw the world. They were always saying how it's the greedy conservatives who were messing up everything. My auto mechanics teacher was the only conservative in school and while we worked on cars he would explain how life is what you make of it. By blaming others you don't improve your situation. From there I started to ask my most outspoken teacher questions about why is it the conservatives fault for people who made bad choices. Her answers were they had no choice to they are a product of their environment. Which I disagreed with I was raised poor but never once did I consider it necessary to steal from others what wasn't mine. My family spent only what was in their limits and if we wanted to take a trip save bit by bit till we could afford a trip. My first job paid 5.15 and I was happy to be making money from there I keep looking for better paying jobs to get where I am today. Also being so close to the border I saw first hand the damage illegals brought and the teachers were foolish enough to believe in open borders. There is no reason why you should have strangers coming through your property and damaging things even attacking innocent people and that should be consider fine since they want a better life. Since it was the few conservatives I met and discussed the border issue they were in favor of fixing the process of becoming a citizen but they wanted to secure the border first which resonated with me. Thats how I became more conservative and as I study different ideologies for business, social issues I found myself agreeing with them more often than not.
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I used to vote conservative. now it will be a cold day in hell.
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Gradually, maybe, but not drastically. I always tend to fall on the liberal side of things, as it were.
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I stared out liberal, slowly heading towards socialism, as being in the military is on par with it.

Food? Commissary, government run.
Clothes, electronics, house stuff etc? PX, government run
Salary? government paid
Retirement? government again
Fight for the country and in part government? good job, for the government by the government
The list can go on and on, but for someone who spent his first 19 years of his life on military bases all over the world, I have seen a lot and am open minded to pretty much everything. A lot of it helped when I threw religion out the window. Less biased towards people, happier and overall much more satisfied with life.

For most people they find where they want to be once they hit late Highschool or early University once they move out. Taking a good political compass test will show you where you lay. Labeling yourself without a test can be misleading for most people. A good one is here: https://www.politicalcompass.org/

I am a little above Gandhi on the graph. I would be interested to see where others on the fourms lay.
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I was libertarian back in 2008. Now I'm socialist.
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