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Which do you identify with? (INFP's only)

  • I am a liberal

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I have been accused of being a "liberal thinker" by many conservative people in the past simply because of the idealistic way I think and my want to not "blacklist" somebody else entirely. No matter who they are.

I am not a liberal and there are many things that I dislike about liberal politics. I think liberal media causes a lot of ignorance among youth so they become distracted by what's happening in the media instead of focusing on what is happening with their country and using their freedom of speech.

There are also just as many things I dislike about conservative politics, such as the fact that apparently if you aren't a conservative and like to be accepting of everybody, they like to throw the liberal label at you and assume that what you have to say is tainted information.

I am politically neutral.

I have learned about both democratic and republican etc points of views and I have liked and disliked different aspects from both.

And yet conservatives look at my personality and the way I prefer to think and assume that I must be politically liberal.

This is annoying as hell.

You cannot decide for me what political party I side with simply because I share one or two similar traits to with people who do consider themselves liberal.

The world does not work in black and white like that.

Has this happened to any other INFP's?
 

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Eh, when I compare my self to professed liberals, I find myself very conservative.

However, when I compare myself to professed conservatives, I find myself liberal in comparison.

So, you could say I'm somewhat of both ..

Note: I'm from the middle east, so "conservative" probably has a very different meaning.
 

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well i am a left winger...a communist to be exact.and hmm i hate to generalize but i think i would say the INFPs would be mostly..perhaps social liberals, most of us don't like rules and typical moral values, or like imposing our values on others. and as i said it is a generalization. on most of our polics threads the majority were politically neutrel/dislike politics. and the rest tended to be on the extreme of either side. we just tend to not like typical politics
 

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I'm most definitely a liberal in the most liberal sense of the word. Modern day hippie slash philosopher, if you will. :cool:

I come from the midwest, and it is stifling in its conservatism. I just roll my eyes and flash a peace sign. Everyone knows I'm liberal, and I have the opposite problem of you: If someone assumed I was a conservative, I would be slightly offended and then just bewildered by their lack of observation (if they knew me well).
 
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I don't really identify with political labels or categories, but "liberal" would be kind of accurate for me (not completely).
 

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I'm liberal about social issues, and conservative when it comes to fiscal issues. I don't want a lot of government, particularly if that government interests itself in controlling what I do in my personal or economic life. In other words, I am a libertarian. Back when F.A. Hayek wrote The Road to Serfdom, "liberal" was meant in this sense.
 

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i think i would say the INFPs would be mostly..perhaps social liberals, most of us don't like rules and typical moral values, or like imposing our values on others. and as i said it is a generalization. on most of our polics threads the majority were politically neutrel/dislike politics. and the rest tended to be on the extreme of either side. we just tend to not like typical politics
This sums me up nicely.

I voted liberal, but I'd say I'm a more happy medium with a liberal bias. When I compare myself to my State (Utah), i'm liberal. When i compare myself to my family I'm very liberal...but when i compare myself to the big liberals I seem pretty conservative. I'm able to see and understand both sides of an argument so I think that usually puts me more so in the middle
 

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Socially I lean towards neutral to more traditional values, but everything else economy, government, etc I'm a pretty strong lefty. Of course I don't tell my entirely right wing family this, but that's another story.
 

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I put myself down as a liberal since I tend to care more about social issues and I am big on equality. Classic INFP thing of putting myself in someone else's shoes and seeing if that is how I would like to be treated or not. Quite frankly I'm usually just horrified by the Republican party at this point on just about everything social, though I agree with them for the most part on gun control and maybe a few other smaller things. I also think in their quest to be politically correct, liberals often step on free speech which I think is inexcusable.

I guess I'm kind of neutral on economic issues. I think capitalism is the best system we have for allowing people to make their own way in the world and rewarding effort. I'm against laissez faire capitalism, I believe regulation is necessary. I don't mind the government being a little "socialist" sometimes though like with health care. I just have to go with my idealist feelings that everyone should have access to health care even despite if the costs were anywhere near the Republicans worst nightmares. I'll take that socialism over the fascism going on in the Tea Party right now any day.

I say all that as a contractor who is about to start operating his own business and also co-owned another business for about 5 years now. I don't hate taxes; taking advantage of living in a civilized society means we all have to chip in to have nice things like roads and schools. I do hate most politicians for wasting my tax money though, but I'd be ok with an increase in taxes if it went towards the right things.

I am strongly in favor of anything granting or defending personal liberties. I find a lot of common ground with conservatives and liberals alike here.

The government is supposed to be a vehicle by the people for the people, not a machine that controls us. And I'm tired of these jackasses at the airport treating me like I'm a criminal just to get on an airplane, and frisking 80 year old women in wheelchairs.

I realize as I get older, I have at least conceded to a number of conservative ideals, so I try to keep my mind open on just about all issues just in case. I try to just decide on each issue by itself without worrying what side a certain party is on and I don't identify with any party really.

I should mention that I see America as totally fucked anyway so I've sort of stopped caring to a degree. I'm looking for ways out. All our news people on both sides either lie, deceive, or focus on things that don't matter. Our entire political system is a joke because everyone is worried about every single thing they say and it is all about appeasing the blowhards who focus on their nonsense every day. And in the end I think the lobbyists and corporations are deep enough now where it doesn't really matter anymore. I'm not suggesting the country is going to implode tomorrow, but I presumably will have future generations to think about too. Now that we have planes and the internet and everything is global, things are going to happen much faster. I tried to be patriotic for awhile but I don't really believe in "going down with the ship." Right now I'm just caring about my own welfare for the time being.
 

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My parents call me liberal all the time. They're hardcore conservatives. But I agree with a lot of conservative ideas, and with some liberal ideas. I pretty much don't like any politician, though. It seems to me that people go into politics looking for power, not to positively help society. And the people who want to help society out are either 1.shunned by society because they are trying to promote something that isn't "acceptable" or 2.attracted to helping society in other ways, since it's a gamble trying to get yourself into a political position. So I don't really believe in government. I see it as a necessary evil, but they are overly abusing their power currently. See, there's one "conservative" ideal I agree with, but I'm still labelled as liberal..hmmm.:dry: I figure I'm really just my own category, and I like it that way.
 
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I'm an anarcho-syndicalist, and people calling me liberal pisses me off to no extent... not because I'm opposed to the original principles of liberalism, but because the terms "liberal" and "leftist" are nowadays pretty much used to refer to Democrats (in the U.S. that is). And the majority of Democrats are actually conservative... so liberal is obviously a term I'd prefer to avoid.
 
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I loathe politics, and I agree with laurachanelle. I'd say a good portion of politicians are snakes. The one quote from one of the Hitchhiker's guides... "Those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." I agree.

I don't vote, and if I ever begin to (which I can't tell if I'll do it because I genuinely think I should or because I'm tired of all my friends and family and even strangers chastising me for not), I will probably not vote democrat or republican. I generally think of conservatives as ignorant, and democrats as wanting too much government. I think it's ridiculous how black-and-white politics are. Why does it have to be one extreme or the other? Why not ever middle ground?

That said, I tend to be more liberal than conservative in lots of aspects.
 

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I'm definitely a liberal (previously conservative)

however I don't align myself with political parties.

Of the conservatives I do know (parents included) they use the word "liberal" like it's a scourge on society or something to be laughed at/ignored.
 

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I chose other. In short I hate politics. Long form, I believe in the legalization of marijuana. I believe in a federally/provincially run healthcare system that is free to all citizens. I believe in equality no matter what sexual orientation, i.e. if a gay couple wants to get married that's there business and no-one should be able to say otherwise. In that sense I'm liberal. However I'm annoyed with the cutbacks being placed on our military. As well I absolutely, positively HATE Canada's gun control measures. I know there are lots of differing opinions on the matter, and lots of emotion involved with that topic. As such I know many will not like my attitude.
 

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I believe in equality no matter what sexual orientation, i.e. if a gay couple wants to get married that's there business and no-one should be able to say otherwise.
Yeah, me too. We've institutionalized the discrimination of "Other." People just want someone to be their punching bag. It sickens me that politics are not used to protect people from this. Supposedly everyone here is equal under the law, yet gay couples don't have rights to make it a legal partnership. And then lazy and irresponsible women who get themselves continually knocked up for a higher paycheck has the right to abuse the welfare system and steal everyone else's hard-earned money. Hmm..something's wrong with this picture. (Not suggesting everyone on welfare abuses it, but it does happen.) It sucks that equality is not ensured, and to make matters worse, people have no problem elevating those who don't deserve it.
 

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Back in the day I would have said I was 100% liberal. But now I've drifted as I get older and learn more about how things work. I have always voted for the liberal candidate but I wouldn't count myself out from voting conservative sometime in the future.

For example, I hear about all these new bills they try to pass in varies states that want to regulate people's freedoms. A lot of them are liberal agendas. Like smoking bans, the proposed New York salt ban, proposed obesity tax, tax on soda, etc, and other health-safety regulations. I am totally opposed to these. I think business owners and other citizens should be able to make their own decisions about their potentially destructive habits without being penalized. To me, it is a basic human right to be able to do what you want with your own body. I don't agree with the government trying to make money off of my personal health problems or the government telling me what and where to eat, smoke, do my business. I think we deserve a choice. And that goes for most anything, including gun control and all that. So I'm liberal when it comes to giving people the choice to have an abortion, the freedom to be openly gay, etc, but I'm conservative when it comes to the government restricting my and other people's freedoms... TO AN EXTENT. when it comes to spending and money, though, that's a whole different ball game. I'm not exactly sure where I stand with a lot of the fiscal issues, I still have to think about that...
 

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I'm a bleeding heart liberal pinko commie socialist!
 

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I think of myself as fairly moderate, but I guess I lean liberal only because of social issues, which seems to be the trend with most INFPs. I tend to vote for liberal candidates more not because I agree with them on everything (I definitely don't), but because I won't vote for a candidate who is anti-gay rights, wants to outlaw abortion, shows prejudice against people based on race or religion, etc. That said I do get labeled as a liberal because somehow despite living in the liberal state of New York my family and all of my friends are Republicans (though honestly I don't even think my friends know what they mean when they say that - none of them follow politics and just vote how their parents vote). If I ever make the mistake of crossing my father's path when he's watching Fox News I'm sure to get a lecture about the stupidity of our government.

I tend to look at things like politics pretty logically and can see both sides of an argument. I have my own values of course, but I know that not everyone shares my values so that tends to give me a more balanced view. Just looking at the U.S. it's a shame how extreme our political landscape has gotten. There is no middle road anymore. Both Democrats and Republicans are so afraid of offending the radical members of their own parties that they ignore the moderate beliefs of the majority of the people they're supposed to be representing. Not to mention that our system is pretty much set up to breed corruption because money = power in American politics and only people who are already wealthy and influential have a shot of getting into positions of authority. (And BTW those wealthy and influential people include both "career politicians" who've accomplished nothing and the all the super-rich business people candidates who keep trying to pass themselves off as commonfolk.) In this kind of political landscape I don't see myself ever committing to a party or and ideology. I can only analyze each issue as it comes up only to realize it doesn't matter what stance I take because come election day chances are the only candidates with a shot at office will both be unift for the role. (Anybody ever seen the South Park episode where the kids had to vote on a new school mascot and their only options were a turd sandwich and a giant douche? Just popped into my head...)


Long story short: Both parties suck ass and until the time comes when more of the electorate actually starts getting good information and taking action (a.k.a. never) our government is screwed.
 
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