Are you a NeoCon? Liberal? Realist? Isolationist?

stubeeef

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This was a quiz given by the Christian Science Monitor.
I was a Realist, Here is their description.

Realist
Realists…

* Are guided more by practical considerations than ideological vision
* Believe US power is crucial to successful diplomacy - and vice versa
* Don't want US policy options unduly limited by world opinion or ethical considerations
* Believe strong alliances are important to US interests
* Weigh the political costs of foreign action
* Believe foreign intervention must be dictated by compelling national interest

Historical realist: President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Modern realist: Secretary of State Colin Powell
Link to 10 question quiz.

I don't think this is based on much, just a bit fun to do. The questions were very interesting, and choices made me think hard time and again. Have fun.
 

broken_keyboard

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The quiz thinks I'm a Neocon, but I'm not - it doesn't know where I'm coming from.

Neoconservatives…
- Want the US to be the world's unchallenged superpower
- Share unwavering support for Israel
- Support American unilateral action
- Support preemptive strikes to remove perceived threats to US security
- Promote the development of an American empire
- Equate American power with the potential for world peace
- Seek to democratize the Arab world
- Push regime change in states deemed threats to the US or its allies
 

iGary

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Hah - take this, labelers:

Neocon quiz results

Based on your answers, you are most likely a liberal. Read below to learn more about each foreign policy perspective.

Ask me about guns, taxes, liberty and personal responsibilities and the test would certainly come out differently.
 

keysersoze

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I changed one answer and went from Neocon to Realist.

Whatever.

It was interesting to think about, anyway.
 

stubeeef

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iGary said:
Hah - take this, labelers:

Neocon quiz results

Based on your answers, you are most likely a liberal. Read below to learn more about each foreign policy perspective.

Ask me about guns, taxes, liberty and personal responsibilities and the test would certainly come out differently.
The ones you direct that to won't get it. You radical wild liberal commie pig! :p :p :p
 

IJ Reilly

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Yet another one of these silly tests. Many of the answers are so similar, choosing between them is almost arbitrary. I changed my answer to just one of the questions to one that was virtually identical to my original choice in terms of my ability to agree with the statement -- and like magic I was transformed from a "liberal" to a "realist."
 

rainman::|:|

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it says "isolationist", which i suppose is their way of saying "leftist-libertarian" since it has so few categories. Shame it applied only to foreign policy, social values in this format might be interesting.
 

feakbeak

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iGary has a good point about the nature of the questions - this quiz really only labels you based on foreign policy. That seems to be the nature of the poll, so I guess it's fine.

I agree and disagree with bullet points from each category. Well, okay... I only agree (somewhat) with one point in the NeoCon list but herding everyone into categories is pointless. FWIW, I came up as Liberal. However, after changing one answer that I was torn on, I became a Realist - seems a bit arbitrary to me.

I don't really like any of these labels anyway as they seem to discourage healthy debate on topics. In American politics it seems to always boil down to being a liberal or a conservative and lately the two parties have polarized. The line gets drawn in the sand and the public is herded to either side and told to hate the other group. IMHO, most American's don't fall into any of the categories modern American politics is attempting to create. There really doesn't seem to be a "party for the people" - that's why I'm an independent.
 

wordmunger

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I took iGary's quiz, and it turns out I'm an exact economic moderate, and a rather extreme libertarian. Who knew this was the same as "liberal"?

Economic Left/Right: 0.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.69
 

Dont Hurt Me

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Took the thread test, Im a Realist, though i thought i was a liberal conservative with a lean towards Libertarian. Labels are just stupid Labels. means 0.
 

ham_man

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Realist in the first one, and

Economic Left/Right: -0.63
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 2.72

In the second...
 
Isolationist
The term isolationist is most often used negatively; few people who share its beliefs use it to describe their own foreign policy perspective. They believe in "America first." For them, national sovereignty trumps international relations. Many unions, libertarians, and anti-globalization protesters share isolationist tenets.
Isolationists…

* Are wary of US involvement in the United Nations
* Oppose international law, alliances, and agreements
* Believe the US should not act as a global cop
* Support trade practices that protect American workers
* Oppose liberal immigration
* Oppose American imperialism
* Desire to preserve what they see as America's national identity and character

Historical isolationist: President Calvin Coolidge
Modern isolationist: Author/Commentator Pat Buchanan
Well, there you go then

Economic Left/Right: -5.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.08

According to the graphic at the bottom of the page, this puts me at approx. the same point as the Dalai Lama !!! He is a little more liberal economically it seems.
 

Lyle

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IJ Reilly said:
Yet another one of these silly tests. Many of the answers are so similar, choosing between them is almost arbitrary. I changed my answer to just one of the questions to one that was virtually identical to my original choice in terms of my ability to agree with the statement -- and like magic I was transformed from a "liberal" to a "realist."
Yup. I only made it through the first few questions, struggling to find an answer that even approximately matched my opinion on the question, before quitting.
 

IJ Reilly

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Lyle said:
Yup. I only made it through the first few questions, struggling to find an answer that even approximately matched my opinion on the question, before quitting.
Which makes you a "quitter." :D