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A lot of people in our generation (especially at prominent private universities) have a common phrase to describe their political affiliation. I think we all have heard someone say that they are “fiscally conservative, but socially liberal.” There are people who honestly believe that it is possible to support liberal social programs and maintain them without a certain level of taxes. I personally have viewed myself in this light without ever taking the time to recognize how implausible that belief really is.
When I took the “Advocates for Self Government” quiz I was honestly expecting to get results saying that I leaned toward being conservative. Therefore I was surprised when I read my results and discovered that I was deemed a Libertarian. The description for Libertarian is:
“Libertarians support maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters. They advocate a much smaller government; one that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence. Libertarians tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose government bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate diverse lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties.”
I feel like this idea of Libertarian political beliefs is a much more accurate definition of what people are trying to say by “fiscally conservative and socially liberal.” It was actually really great for me to see this because I feel now that I have a more accurate categorization for myself. We allow ourselves to be influenced so heavily by the media, our friends, families, and professors that sometimes we lose focus on what we actually believe ourselves. I think this quiz (while very short) was eye-opening to me. I believe it’s important to put everything we absorb in our lives aside, sit down, decide what it is that really matters to us, and vote accordingly.