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It tells me I'm a Libertarian, along with 9% of the public.No surprise. I voted Libertarian in the first election for which I was eligible, 1980, thanks to P.J. O'Rourke's columns about libertarianism in Rolling Stone leading up to the election.Then I saw Milton Friedman describe himself as a small "l" libertarian and a capital "R" Republican, meaning he generally voted for Republican candiates but believed in a more libertarian ideology. That made more sense than throwing my vote away on someone who could not win just to say I voted on principle. However, I will sometimes vote for the Libertarian Party candidate in some state and local elections, just to show support for the ideology and express disapproval with the other two parties.
I tried taking this, but the choices are too limited. Blacks who can't get ahead: it's either their fault or racism. How about "it's politics?" Which one would that fall under?
I find it horribly confusing when they say I (who was libertarian in the results) was econimcally conservative. What is that BS? Economically liberal is free market; when you liberalize an economy, it means to remove barriers and free the market. How in the world is that "conservative?" How backwards America has become...war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.Ya, the phrasing of the questions was done very poorly too.
But America's founding was based on economic liberalism, so therefore to "conserve" that system from people who want to change it, would make you an economic "conservative". Its all about what you want to conserve vs change. The opposite of economic conservatism in the US wouldn't be economic "liberalism", but rather "progressivism""Then I saw Milton Friedman describe himself as a small "l" libertarian and a capital "R" Republican, meaning he generally voted for Republican candiates but believed in a more libertarian ideology."Thats a good one. Thats probably the only way I could describe myself too (certainly not the capital L type)
I, too, am Libertarian , along with 9% of the nation. When we hit 25%, we will see with it with hindsight.
I agree with Michael Hoff, the statement choices are horrible. Some are not mutually exclusive, while others are just two extremes with no option for the middle ground.
I got libertarian. Though I don't like the options.
(l)ibertarian. Michael Marotta - I wish you were right, but I think most people will never be able to resist their urge to tell other people how to live their lives or vote themselves free stuff.
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Dr. Mark J. Perry is a professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan.
Perry holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University near Washington, D.C. In addition, he holds an MBA degree in finance from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. In addition to a faculty appointment at the University of Michigan-Flint, Perry is also a visiting scholar at The American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
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