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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.


Here's my political compass.

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I used to be super-harcore fedora, but as the internet started to publicise more and more special breeds of crazy, and I lost the ability to truly reason with their crazy and to defend whatever arbitrary beliefs I held, I started to feel less contempt for people who hold other arbitrary moral restrictions.

They're still wrong, but I don't automatically jump to assuming someone is a bigot any more.
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I used to be somewhat pro union, but after being a member and working with unions for awhile now I'm anti-union.
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Started out as a centre leaning conservative, then became moderate, and now I'm a hardline socialist. Religion played a big part in it.
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Started out as a centre leaning conservative, then became moderate, and now I'm a hardline socialist. Religion played a big part in it.


That's kinda odd.
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I like your avi OP.
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That is about average for a good portion of the USA. Most of the right can be labeled "Capitalism" and most of the left can be "Socialism". Of course I use these in a loose term. Much more advanced than one would think. Your what would be classified as a Liberal Democrat as seen here: http://www.politicalcompass.org/images/uk2010.png

Not a bad place imo.

Edit: I am right on socialist for those who were curious. I was here: http://s668.photobucket.com/user/GFSNPres/media/OstronopolisPoliticalPartiesPolitic.png.html
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LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:

Started out as a centre leaning conservative, then became moderate, and now I'm a hardline socialist. Religion played a big part in it.


I started out as an Establishment Republican, then gradually became more conservative before becoming more of a right-leaning libertarian/centrist Republican. In my case, personal freedom and pragmatism consciousness shaped my thinking.
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Liberals do a fine job making me more conservative.
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LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:

Started out as a centre leaning conservative, then became moderate, and now I'm a hardline socialist. Religion played a big part in it.


That's kinda odd.


I used to have a professor who went through that same transition, but he started out as a hardcore Republican rather than a moderate one. Despite our political views being polar opposites, he and I became good friends.
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Dark_Alma wrote:

That is about average for a good portion of the USA. Most of the right can be labeled "Capitalism" and most of the left can be "Socialism". Of course I use these in a loose term. Much more advanced than one would think. Your what would be classified as a Liberal Democrat as seen here: http://www.politicalcompass.org/images/uk2010.png

Not a bad place imo.

Edit: I am right on socialist for those who were curious. I was here: http://s668.photobucket.com/user/GFSNPres/media/OstronopolisPoliticalPartiesPolitic.png.html


Thanks for the feedback.

Yeah, I think it's a good balance between social liberalism and fiscal conservatism. It was mostly thanks to this book:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0804139725/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-2&pf_rd_r=07ER49201ZHB23VJA3PZ&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2091268722&pf_rd_i=desktop

It was an interesting read, and I even developed some green conservative views as time went on.
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VZ68 wrote:


LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:

Started out as a centre leaning conservative, then became moderate, and now I'm a hardline socialist. Religion played a big part in it.


That's kinda odd.


I used to have a professor who went through that same transition, but he started out as a hardcore Republican rather than a moderate one. Despite our political views being polar opposites, he and I became good friends.


I swear the quote changed.

Did it change for you?
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VZ68 wrote:


Michformer wrote:


VZ68 wrote:


LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:

Started out as a centre leaning conservative, then became moderate, and now I'm a hardline socialist. Religion played a big part in it.


That's kinda odd.


I used to have a professor who went through that same transition, but he started out as a hardcore Republican rather than a moderate one. Despite our political views being polar opposites, he and I became good friends.


I swear the quote changed.

Did it change for you?


No.
Posted 6/28/15
I've been liberal for as long as I can remember. Raised by a family who are very open minded and not at all conservative. So no can't say my views have ever changed.
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Yeah, they have. I used to be a homophobe thanks to the way my parents raised me. After spending some (a lot of) time on the internet, it enlightened me. Now I think it's pretty normal and everyone should be able to live their lives the way they want to, as long as no harm is brought upon someone else. Live and let live. ^^
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