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« Reply #75 on: April 20, 2021, 01:23:27 PM »

Slightly left, but I've been more stable in my views than most other posters.  I didn't post here until I was 25; this forum is obvious proof that adolescents, even the few who pay attention to politics, can be rather unstable in their opinions.
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« Reply #76 on: April 20, 2021, 01:34:52 PM »

As certain views have evolved and developed I generally seem to end up in the same place relatively speaking.
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« Reply #77 on: April 20, 2021, 01:51:20 PM »

Leftward.
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« Reply #78 on: April 20, 2021, 01:52:06 PM »

A slight leftward drift, but not as much as the forum has. When I joined, I was probably a little left of the forum center, but even with my slight leftward drift I'm now right of center for the forum.
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« Reply #79 on: April 20, 2021, 02:35:32 PM »

My views haven't changed during my time here.
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« Reply #80 on: April 20, 2021, 06:15:48 PM »

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« Reply #81 on: April 20, 2021, 10:38:23 PM »

Leftward on social and economic issues, "rightward" on foreign policy (I don't really think foreign policy can be put in a left-right scale, but I've become more interventionist).
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« Reply #82 on: April 20, 2021, 11:01:23 PM »

am more conservative, less libertarian/right-liberal. could be considered rightward broadly though sometimes it means more leftward on particular questions.
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« Reply #83 on: April 21, 2021, 07:05:00 AM »

Economically: from right to centre/centre-right (except trade unions)

Socially: from centre-right to extreme far-right (except immigration)

Foreign policy: from neocon hawk to neutral/tilt hawk

On balance a slight shift to the right.
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« Reply #84 on: April 21, 2021, 08:08:13 AM »

Not a whole lot of change. I've settled on a few more socially conservative views on hot button topics, but those particular issues I was always indifferent to before and I think it's just being on a political forum where everything is talked about over and over again made me think about it more. But almost everything else has either been a steady left position or even moved further leftwards.
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« Reply #85 on: April 21, 2021, 08:32:23 AM »

Somewhat to the left, but no real fundamental changes. The issues are different, and I don't feel I understand macroeconomics as much as I thought I did. But mostly I feel estranged from the political class, most of them, and both parties. Our system is basically broken. And there are some proposals that seem to be taken seriously in some quarters, such as packing SCOTUS, that just make me livid. Politicians in both parties seem to pander to their base in crude and reckless ways, that seems more grating to me than in the past. And of course there seems to be more crazies out there in our toxically polarized environment. Tolerance of the other in the public square seems to be at a nadir at the moment.
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« Reply #86 on: April 21, 2021, 08:40:05 AM »

Leftward quite a lot
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« Reply #87 on: April 21, 2021, 08:44:24 AM »

Overall about the same (left-leaning), but the composition of issues has changed drastically. Moved much more to the left on economics while mellowing out a bit on social issues.
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« Reply #88 on: April 21, 2021, 09:05:53 AM »

Somewhat to the left, but no real fundamental changes. The issues are different, and I don't feel I understand macroeconomics as much as I thought I did. But mostly I feel estranged from the political class, most of them, and both parties. Our system is basically broken. And there are some proposals that seem to be taken seriously in some quarters, such as packing SCOTUS, that just make me livid. Politicians in both parties seem to pander to their base in crude and reckless ways, that seems more grating to me than in the past. And of course there seems to be more crazies out there in our toxically polarized environment. Tolerance of the other in the public square seems to be at a nadir at the moment.

Vast and unaddressed disparities in healthcare outcomes and access

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« Reply #89 on: April 21, 2021, 09:13:21 AM »

Thank you for your intense interest in my opinions!
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« Reply #90 on: April 21, 2021, 09:31:33 AM »

I think I moderated my views a bit. In 2014 I identified as left-liberal or a progressive. Since 2015-2016 I identify as being a democratic socialist or ecosocialist, and since 2016 I joined a marxist party. I don't think much has changed, but i've become a bit more ecletic in my views, because I don't want to be part of a herding group that just repeats what anyone else says.

Perhaps slightly to the right, but yes from democratic socialist towards the middle of a left-liberal and a demsoc doesn't change things too much, and compared to those two ideologies i'm a bit more populist and a proponent of direct democracy. On foreign policy, i also slightly moved to the center.
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« Reply #91 on: April 21, 2021, 09:32:37 AM »

Starting out at -10.00, -9.86 there was really only one way to go.
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« Reply #92 on: April 21, 2021, 09:32:50 AM »

I went from a pretty standard libertarian to a pretty far left wing person. College moderated me a bit, actually. So on the whole, I've moved pretty far to the left. But in the last 5 years or so, I've moved more to the center.
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« Reply #93 on: April 21, 2021, 09:40:27 AM »

In the ten months since I joined the forum I have converted (again) to Catholicism and quite seriously so, which has obviously had a significant impact on how I approach politics but probably not so much on my specific stances. I feel like I have become more conservative but also more consistent and grounded. I would not really say I have moved rightward however (except on abortion I suppose) - maybe even leftward. The best answer is "neither" in any case.
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« Reply #94 on: April 21, 2021, 10:18:00 AM »

Thank you for your intense interest in my opinions!

I can barely imagine a more validating reaction to your original post.

He didn't even do you the courtesy of using his words. Responses that take the form of memetic images are the online equivalent of aggressive grunting.




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« Reply #95 on: April 21, 2021, 02:53:14 PM »

Back in 2013, I was more left-wing and described myself as "left Social Democrat". That changed for a number of reasons, especially through job experience in the businessworld and political involvement with the Social Democratic Party at the local level. So I moved rightward relatively speaking, or closer to the center and staunch ideology has turned me off.
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« Reply #96 on: April 21, 2021, 06:42:10 PM »

Starting out at -10.00, -9.86 there was really only one way to go.

-10, -10?
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« Reply #97 on: April 21, 2021, 10:30:31 PM »

I went from a pretty standard libertarian to a pretty far left wing person. College moderated me a bit, actually. So on the whole, I've moved pretty far to the left. But in the last 5 years or so, I've moved more to the center.
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I was never particularly right-wing on economics but definitely identified as a libertarian when I joined the forum (in middle school). Teenage libertarianism is a sort of fever, you either sweat it out or it kills you; I chose the former & ended up a full-blown socialist in college. I feel like I've moved substantially back toward the center since then, though it may just be that the importance of various issues has shifted.

I think the more important "ideological" movement, for me, has been picking a handful of issues to focus on. I have strong opinions about environmental conservation, universal healthcare, housing, and "economic issues" (workers rights, economic inequality, the social safety net and the labor movement), and I view most issues through those lenses, but I don't really feel the need to stake out a position on each and every issue and hold forth on all of them equally under the framework of "libertarianism" or "socialism" or some such thing. I attribute that mostly to no longer spending my weekends writing long electoral platforms for Fantasyland purposes.
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« Reply #98 on: April 21, 2021, 11:17:15 PM »

Thank you for your intense interest in my opinions!

I can barely imagine a more validating reaction to your original post.

He didn't even do you the courtesy of using his words. Responses that take the form of memetic images are the online equivalent of aggressive grunting.





CraneHusbandís meme is 100% accurate lol
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« Reply #99 on: April 22, 2021, 02:44:28 AM »

I'd honestly say about the same. I was a card-carrying Democrat, but I was still vehemently leftist. I had called Barack Obama "Georack Obamush" after signing partial Dodd-Frank repeal and deleting a call to riot after they found George Zimmerman not guilty.

My attachment to the Democratic Party is another story. The first time I "went lime green" was over the partial repeal of Dodd-Frank during the CRomnibus debate, and I came back around 2016 out of hope for compromise with Bernie. I left the party again around 2018 - the final straw was House leadership's treatment of the Squad. Overall, I've found that many Democrats wish people like me would GTFO the party for the heinous crime of not supporting Hillary in the primary.

I am optimistic about becoming a Democrat some day, and I believe Biden is putting work towards making the party a place for the left, but there's a lot of decay in the party that will take years to recover from.
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