Comments: Unsurprising Philosophy

Me too. Though I came out kind of high on "Foreign Policy Hawk." Both of us are more libertarian than Republican... no suprise there. I came out higher on New Dem than you, though, which was surprising (that I came out high, not that you came out lower).

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at April 20, 2006 02:52 AM

I wonder how we differ? (How do you feel about "free trade"?)

Posted by Anne at April 20, 2006 09:15 AM

What, the Slavery Resurrection Act? No, thanks.

I suspect it's my answers on questions about "doing everything possible to extend liberty overseas" or something like that. I wondered if they were neo-con trap questions.

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at April 20, 2006 01:36 PM

Pardon my ignorance, but is/are this: Four Freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. stated in some profound document I'm stupidly unaware of? All I can think of is how it sounds like lyrics from one of the 4th of July numbers from Irving Berlin's "Holiday Inn"

Posted by Dail at April 21, 2006 08:37 AM

Actually, Dail, they're from a Norman Rockwell series in the early 40s.

Hence the "old school democracy" association.

Posted by Anne at April 21, 2006 09:37 AM

Jonathan - I didn't heartily agree with the "doing everything possible to extend liberty overseas" thing myself, although we might have been at different points on the scale.

Posted by Anne at April 21, 2006 09:38 AM

Dail: Anne's being cute. The Four Freedoms are eminently googleable, though: here's the text of FDR's speech. The speech is interesting actually: his positions sound an awful lot like Bush's in places, but the totality of it (and the situation) is entirely different; the resemblences are coincidental.

Anne: I probably have just a touch more faith in markets than you, too. Not much, mind you, but some of the questions about government control of markets were pretty Stalinist....

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at April 21, 2006 06:45 PM

Okay, so I was being funny. But Dail knows me, and she knows what to expect from me. ;)

But only partly. I used to have quite a love for Rockwell's SEP covers and that's actually the first place I ran into the "Four Freedoms."

It wasn't untiil much later, when I started my amateur inveestigations into history, that I ran into the source. While I found the FDR speech quite moving, it was Rockwell's visuals that really stuck in my mind.

You probably do have a bit more faith in markets than I do, Jonathan. I tend to shy away from the idea that unfettered capitalism is a thing of much so that I'm sure I go a bit overboard the other direction. (That's the problem with polls. So often there really isn't one answer that really represents my position.)

Posted by Anne at April 21, 2006 08:09 PM