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Are you a neocon?
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, January 15, 2006

Interesting quiz here. 10 questions. I came out as a realist which fits quite nicely with the concept of neolibertarianism.
 
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That’s what it said I am....Neoconservative.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitheads.blogspot.com
and who’d a thunk, me two a realist. knew there was something about you I liked.
 
Written By: steve sturm
URL: http://thoughtsonline.blogspot.com/
Also a "realist," though some of the questions had inadeqate sets of answers.
 
Written By: OrneryWP
URL: http://
Ha. Great minds think alike, I’m a realist, too.
Of course this is all non-scientific. I hated questions - so much packe dinto them, it’s hard to figure out which on I agree with more.
 
Written By: Matt Armstrong
URL: http://robosquirrel.blogspot.com
Also a "realist," though some of the questions had inadeqate sets of answers.

Yeah, me too although I thought they went more toward tendencies than specifics.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/
Their little quiz logic doesn’t seem to work. I am a realist? Get out of here. [Pecking at the keyboard and leaving deep talon scratches on my desk.]
 
Written By: khr128
URL: http://
Hmm, I am a realist as well. I suspect though that I was not too far off from being a neocon. Still, I read some of the ideas for a neocon, and think that they picked leaders who were on the fringe for that definition. Sure, T. Roosevelt and Reagan wanted the USA to be powerful and a leader, but "Promot[ing] the development of an American empire"? That seems a bit strong.
 
Written By: CR UVa
URL: http://TheRedStater.blogspot.com/
I found the options to this quiz to be extremely limiting, and often found that a combination between two answers would be a more appropriate answer. Depending on how I tweaked my answers, it pegged me as either a realist or a liberal.

While I opposed the invasion of Iraq on the basis that the justifications seemed weak and likely false, I continue to support the effort there and think that real oppourtunity exist to see Iraq become a stable democratic state. There exist no choice for that option. It presumes that opposing the initial invasion means that you feel the current situation is a quagmire, which does not neccesarily logically follow.

It also seems to assume that anyone in favor of working closely with our allies is some sort of UN fanboy. I value working closely with our allies, but I hardly see the UN as the primary way of conducting that interaction. The UN has its uses, but is hardly in a position to coordinate a broad-based international response to terrorism.

I also fail to see why it must automatically follow that because one views issues other than terrorism as having greater importance to the long-term security and prosperity of the US that one must automatically be in favor of UHC...

Criticisms aside, I find the quiz to be interesting. There is very little debate in this country about neoconserative policy and its appropriate role in forming our nations policy, and anything that helps bring that discussion into the fore is helpful. Those on the left like to use the label as a pejorative, and in the process make the term all but useless.
 
Written By: Rosensteel
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On a related note: The quiz seems to focus almost solely on the foreign policy aspects of neoconservatism. While it might be fair to say that Theodore Roosevelt was very similar to modern neoconservatives in foreign policy, I’m not sure that would be a fair assessment in terms of domestic policy.

I have always liked to refer to Roosevelt as the radical moderate, because the seemingly contradictory terms seem to so perfectly express the politics and personality of the man.
 
Written By: Rosensteel
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Just for laughs go and act ruthless/timid and see what you are.

However, trying to pick what seemed like the best answer labeled me a
realist. Then again, maybe I was looking for realistic answers....

 
Written By: looker
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I first got a result of isolationist neocon, and that’s not right. So I looked again to try and find out what the problem is. I answered a few borderline questions differently to see how the test results varied.

The initial result seems to stem from this: I don’t trust the UN or any of our European allies. At all.

The test seemed to take that as opposition to the very concept of alliances or multi-national organizations. And that’s not even close to the way I feel. I believe good-faith alliances among like-minded countries can be a tremendous stabilizing influence. WWII could have probably been prevented with the right set of alliances to contain Hitler and Japan. NATO kept the Cold War from becoming hot for decades.

Unfortunately, right now, the number of countries that meet the "good faith" criterion are very limited. Australia is the only one among first rank countries that I really trust. Great Britain is borderline (I’ve been to both and experienced the greater anti-Americanism in Britain first hand). There are a few among less powerful countries - Poland and Albania, for example.

So, as a completely realist appraisal, I don’t put much stock in alliances at the present time. And the UN could be a great place for countries to hash out their differences, but right now it’s not. It’s just a place for America bashing and enriching corrupt third world bureaucrats.

The test seems to interpret my attitude as wanting America to rule the world. Nope. I want the world to rule itself. Right now, huge swaths of it seem unable to do that, and it endangers us. And, with the expected decline of Europe due to their demographic and economic trends, that problem is likely to get worse before it gets better. So I want us strong enough and independent enough to take whatever the maniacs of the world are going to throw at us in the next thirty years or so.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Me... (not in order of importance...)
Support American unilateral action
Support preemptive strikes to remove perceived threats to US security
Seek to democratize the Arab world
Push regime change in states deemed threats to the US or its allies

Are guided more by practical considerations than ideological vision
Believe US power is crucial to successful diplomacy - and vice versa
Don’t want US policy options unduly limited by world opinion or ethical considerations
Believe strong alliances are important to US interests
Weigh the political costs of foreign action
Believe foreign intervention must be dictated by compelling national interest

Believe the US is morally bound to intervene in humanitarian crises
Believe US economic policies must help lift up the world’s poor

Are wary of US involvement in the United Nations
Oppose liberal immigration
Desire to preserve what they see as America’s national identity and character
 
Written By: Keith, Indy
URL: http://
I was off-put by some of the words in there, "imperial" and "empire" chief among them. Although the survey rated me a neocon, I don’t have any desire to see my government start an American empire.

I would, however, like to see more democracies in the world. I would other countries not to be repressed by tinpot dictators, theocratic regimes that use religion to suppress their countrymen, and terror harboring secular governments.

I would like countries like those described above to be roundly and loudly rejected on the world stage by those countries that believe in democracy, freedom, and liberty. I would like for those countries described above NOT to be given equal footing as the US, Great Britain, Australia, India, etc., on the world stage.

 
Written By: A fine scotch
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odd, I got labeled as liberal... I’m guessing it’s because I answered anti-Israel and pro-saving the starving N. Koreans... Odd.
 
Written By: USG
URL: http://www.tonythejuice.com/projects/automobiles.swf
Realist also. Can’t believe they called Ron a neo-con though.
 
Written By: Glen Dean
URL: http://glendean.typepad.com/christianlibertarian

Written By: Bithead
That’s what it said I am....Neoconservative.
There was a shocker. ;)
 
Written By: Rosensteel
URL: http://
The quiz is clearly designed for the USA citizens, however it was really fun to choose answers which suited me most. Somewhat surprisingly I turned out to be realist. However, after reading the characteristics of a ’liberal’ i understood that ’realist’ is indeed the best choice.
Btw, to be in one company with Eisenhower and Colin Powell is not very pleasant (for me).
 
Written By: Alex Ostrovski
URL: http://
I tested out as a neocon. Quelle surprise. I wasn’t very happy with the answer options, though. Sometimes my answer wasn’t there and sometimes it was spread out across two answers. And on one, two of the answers were essentially the same, with one just being a more ’outspoken’ version of the other.
 
Written By: Achillea
URL: http://
There was a shocker. ;)
Well, like you I found the answers provided somewhat limiting. And like somebody else, and eventually went back and tried adjusting a couple of the borderline answers and that time it came out "realist". are slowly, I’d be interested in a reading of the authors political leanings because I suspect they entered into the genesis of each of the provided answers to the questions.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitheads.blogspot.com
I know bithead, I was mostly just picking at you. I found the answers to be a bit limiting too.

I’m not sure I would ascribe it to any sort of malice to the quiz creators, though. They do appear to have done their best to capture the essence of the groups that they are attempting to describe. The only problem is that, in the real world, people dont all conveniently fit into some stereotypical little mold.

Quizzes like these need to be simplified and generalized in order to exist, and yet by that very process they become less accurate.
 
Written By: Rosensteel
URL: http://
I always figured I leaned to the Neocon bent, now I know that it is true.
 
Written By: Theway2k
URL: http://www.slantright.com

I’m not sure I would ascribe it to any sort of malice to the quiz creators, though
I’m not sure malice is the proper term in any event. Malice, after all, it would be something that you would need to be conscious of incidental to act. Much like the news media today that even conscious that they’re biased.
The only problem is that, in the real world, people dont all conveniently fit into some stereotypical little mold.
I’ll have to remember that one. It might be useful the next time somebody tries to fit me into one.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitheads.blogspot.com
Dammit! I am a NEOCON! Now where is my share of all the money from the world wide Jewish cabal?
 
Written By: kyle N
URL: http://impudent.blognation.us/blog
I’ll have to remember that one. It might be useful the next time somebody tries to fit me into one.
It is also important to note that some people try their absolute best in order to fit into some sort of stereotypical mold. ;)

Some more than others, of course.
 
Written By: Rosensteel
URL: http://
Heh,

I am a neocon...yeah right. I do like these silly quizzes, though.
 
Written By: Charles D. Quarles
URL: http://spaces.msn.com/members/cdquarles/
I went through all ten questions only to be disappointed at the end because it wouldn’t score it. It said the page has moved or could not open. If I were a paranoid person I would think that it didn’t like my answers and sent them to some neocon in the Bush house. But alas, I’m not.
 
Written By: Michael T
URL: http://

 
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