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Yet another weird SF fan

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Odd Definition of Conservative

OKCupid's statisticians used the following questions to determine if someone is conservative:

Should burning your country's flag be illegal?
Should the death penalty be abolished?
Should gay marriage be legal?
Should Evolution and Creationism be taught side-by-side in schools?
As anybody who reads this blog can tell, I'm usually considered to be a reactionary crackpot. On the other hand, I'm firmly on the liberal side on the first and fourth questions above and leaning liberal on the second and third. I suspect many people simply haven't bothered finding out what real reactionaries believe or what we regard as essential to conservatism.


Blogger TJIC said...

Same here.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Vader said...

I consider myself pretty conservative, but:

"Should burning your country's flag be illegal?"

No. Unless it poses a clear and present safety risk.

"Should the death penalty be abolished?"


But given the Catholic Church's opposition to the death penalty, I'm not sure this can really be considered a conservative position.

"Should gay marriage be legal?"

If you mean "legally recognized", no.

"Should Evolution and Creationism be taught side-by-side in schools?"


Yeah, seems like the questions are almost useless as litmus tests.

12:46 PM  

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