19 July 2007

What kind of liberal am I? Blogger pulls ahead

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My Liberal Identity:

You are a Peace Patroller, also known as an anti-war liberal or neo-hippie. You believe in putting an end to American imperial conquest, stopping wars that have already been lost, and supporting our troops by bringing them home.

I posted this on my WordPress blog, and somehow it just didn't work out. It seems that there are some things that Blogger still does better than WordPress, and graphics is one of them.

The MyBlogLog widget, which used to work OK in WordPress no longer does so, and there's a stats counter that seems to display a whole lot of code. So I'm not going to move this blog to WordPress yet, though I'll continue to play with the WordPress one.

Concerning the test itself, I noted over on the WordPress blog that it was very much American centred.

Consider, for example, the last question:

If you could pile any three people into a naked pyramid, who would you choose?
  1. George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld
  2. The CEOs of Exxon, Chevron, and Shell
  3. Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito
  4. Enron’s Jeffrey Skilling, Andrew Fastow,and the ghost of Ken Lay
  5. Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, and Rush Limbaugh
  6. Revs. Pat Robertson, James Dobson, and Ted Haggard
As a non-American, I can tell who the people in the first question are, and I know that the second one refers to oil companies. I've never heard of any of the people in questions 3 or 4. I've heard of one of the people in question 5, but I'm not really aware of their significance. I've heard of the people in question 6, but I'm not sure what the difference is between Pat Robertson and Pat Buchanan. I know Dobson has written books about families, but I haven't read them.

So faced with those questions, I chose question 1, because those are the peo[ple I've heard of.

That's how the test is skewed by its ethnocentrism and chauvinism.


123 said...


Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito

US Supreme Court Justices that are decidedly 'right' and conservative on many of the issues facing the Court today. Scalia is the idealogue, Thomas was confirmed under a firestorm of controversy over sexual harassment, and Alito was only just appointed last year.

Enron’s Jeffrey Skilling, Andrew Fastow,and the ghost of Ken Lay

These are business leaders at the heart of the financial scandals of 2002-3 that led to laws around greater disclosure of financials, etc. They committed fraud and lied about how well the company was doing. That was bad, but what was worse was telling that lie to all of their employees and encouraged them to buy stock in the company as part of their pensions. When the company went under, many of their people lost their jobs and their retirement funds.

Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, and Rush Limbaugh

Right wing talking heads. O'Reilly on FOX New, Rush is talk radio and was big during the Republican Revolution of 1994 that brought Newt Gingrich in, and Ann Coulter is a blonde with a mean streak that sells acerbic books about how liberals are evil and/or stupid.

Revs. Pat Robertson, James Dobson, and Ted Haggard

Religious Right folks. Pat Roberston is a televangelist and former Presidential candidate. Pat Buchannan is a right wing politico and talk show host [CNN's Crossfire] and former Presidential candidate. Dobson rungs a group called Focus on the Family that focuses on kids and is very active in politics. Haggard is a former leader of an evangelical Megachurch that was outed as being gay and using meth by a gay prostitute in Denver.

Sally said...

Apparently I am an eco-avenger- interesting quiz!!!

Sally said...

in agreement with you on the American bias...

Tauratinswe said...

Be thankful you don't know them. Would that none of us knew them!

Steve Hayes said...

Well it would still be nice to have a more international version of the test.


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