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09/11/2001 WE REMEMBER
Moderated by: Arch, Famov

"Fear is the foundation of most governments." - John Adams

"Despite the constant negative press covfefe" - Donald Trump

9/11 FORUM BIO QUESTIONS
Posted: Posted January 20th, 2015
Edited January 20th, 2015 by Arch

UPDATE LIST

20/01/2015 -- In the beginning were the words. Bios v. 0.10001 Vanilla Ice edition.

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Who are you? What do you believe in?

In line with the site-wide policy of dragging us kicking and screaming into the new age of GTX.0, myself and Famov decided to go ahead with the promised bios. The revamp remains a twinkle in our collective eyes; arbitrarily delaying this for the revamp seems a little, well, arbitrary.

These aren't mandatory, but, as we've done many times with the political compass and various quizzes, it'd be swell to produce a snapshot and barometer of our sub-community here and provide some cogency - the more bios the merrier.

Nota bene

As far as formatting goes, one bio per person, and this should be contained to one post. Debate and discussion of topics should be relegated to separate threads.

Feel free to suggest your own questions if you so wish. If we think of some more decent ones, or like certain suggestions, we will add them and highlight these additions.

These are, of course, not concrete bios; you are more than welcome to edit at a future date if your views evolve. But it'd be great if you could add a note explaining this change if you feel the need to do so. This is more for interest: a number of individuals have developed their views and identities over the years, especially since the original GT. It'd be interesting to document some sort of narrative.

All of this is also to allow the NSA to easily identify and observe you, naturally.

So without further ado, here they are.

THE QUESTIONS

PHILOSOPHY AND IDEOLOGY

  • What do you politically describe yourself as? Or do you renounce labels as a whole?
  • What political party, if any, would you be most willing to associate yourself with?
  • Put in general terms, what should be the role of government? What must a government do (and what must it not do) to legitimize itself?

    ECONOMICS

  • What economic issues are most important to you, and where do you stand on them?

    Examples include taxation (progressive, regressive, flat rate, or none at all), spending (federal, state, and local; military, education, income inequality, urban renewal, technology, and medicine), monetary policy, and so on.

    IMMIGRATION

  • Where do you stand on immigration policy?
  • Should borders be relaxed, tightened, or closed completely?
  • Should policy reflect a preference for people from a certain region, culture, or religion?
  • Should there be in place a process for accepting refugees seeking asylum?

    FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • What role should your home nation play on the world stage?
  • When should it exercise its military capabilities on foreign soil?
  • Should your country have foreign allies, and if so what would that alliance entail?
  • Where do you stand on nuclear weapons?

    RELIGION

  • How should the government recognize religion, if at all?
  • When a religious practice comes into conflict with established law, how should the government respond? Should religious organizations be tax exempt?

    ENVIRONMENT

  • What are your views on climate change?
  • What are your views on energy resources?
  • To what extent should the government create policy regarding the protection of the environment?
  • To what extent should there be an official acknowledgement of "animal rights"?
  • Is it acceptable to test medical and cosmetic products on animals?

    LAW AND JUSTICE

  • What is the primary purpose of the criminal justice system?
  • Should a prison be concerned mostly with punishment, rehabilitation, or something else?
  • Where do you stand on what are often deemed "victimless crimes"? This can include drug use, sex issues, and various other lifestyle choices.

    LIFE ISSUES

  • Where do you stand on life issues? This can include capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, and so on.

    FIREARMS

  • Where do you stand on the right of the individual to create, acquire, and sell firearms?

    MISCELLANEOUS

  • Would you be willing to live in a country other than the one you were born in? If so, where would you choose?
  • Do you read any publications? Are you subscribed to any paper supplements? Are there any online blogs or websites for current affairs and politics that you follow?
  • Which political figures do you particularly admire?
  • If you could pick a 9/11 reg to have a drink with, who would you choose? Where would you go and what would you do and will it result in passionate love making, a nuclear family with 2.1 children and retirement plans together?

  • There are 8 Replies

    PHILOSOPHY AND IDEOLOGY

    What do you politically describe yourself as? Or do you renounce labels as a whole?

    I dislike labels, but you could say I'm a liberal moderate.

    What political party, if any, would you be most willing to associate yourself with?

    I wouldn't.

    Put in general terms, what should be the role of government? What must a government do (and what must it not do) to legitimize itself?

    A government should maintain social order and promote peace within it's boundaries. It should consider the welfare of its citizens in all actions, foreign and domestic. It should be mostly transparent. It should not declare war on other countries without extreme cause, however denouncements of actions and leaders of other countries should be common. It should not torture. It should not spy on it's own citizens without warrant. It should defend it's allies. It should be smart about who it allies itself with. It should not try to establish an empire.

    ECONOMICS

    What economic issues are most important to you, and where do you stand on them?

    I think we should spend more money to make our country more sufficient on green energy. Solar farms in the deserts would be a great place to start. Eliminate nuclear and fossil energies. Establish clear taxation guidelines, making loopholes less easy for the rich to exploit.

    IMMIGRATION

    Where do you stand on immigration policy?

    I think we should not allow aliens to immigrate illegally. The reason we do care so much about Mexicans crossing the border is because in America we have eliminated diseases such as leprosy which exist there. Knowing that Mexicans cannot get the treatment they need in Mexico, we should allow Mexicans to come over while being monitored closely by authorities and taken to a specialized hospital to be treated for their disease before being sent back to Mexico and made to follow the proper channels in order to immigrate legally if they so desire, but amnesty should not be an option, unless they are healthy and have proven to be a benefit to society.

    Should borders be relaxed, tightened, or closed completely?

    tightened.

    Should policy reflect a preference for people from a certain region, culture, or religion?

    Yes, but only as far as region goes. We should not allow Mexicans to come here with leprosy any more than we should allow people from Sierra Leon to come here with Ebola. Religion and Culture should not be considered.

    Should there be in place a process for accepting refugees seeking asylum?

    Yes, absolutely. So long as they feel threatened by their own governments they should feel protected by ours. "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

    FOREIGN AFFAIRS

    What role should your home nation play on the world stage?

    It should defend itself from extremist organizations. It should not train rebels, because history repeats itself and look at Afghanistan and Al Qaeda. I fear these Syrian rebels we are training are going to follow a similar course. It should strengthen alliances with European countries, and honestly Canada should be our closest ally not Israel. We should be more critical of the Mexican government. We should try to make ammends with our enemies, and when that fails (See: The Obama Administration and Russia/China) we should do what we can to contain the threat that they pose to us and the countries around them (See: The Obama Administration and Russia/China). We should work on strengthening our alliances with Iraq, Qatar, and other similar countries, while denouncing such states as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran instead of trying to be their friends when they are obviously using us to advance their own goals.

    When should it exercise its military capabilities on foreign soil?

    When there is a radical group of armed soldiers not affiliated with a country that is causing detriment to the country it is operating inside of and abroad. (See: ISIS, Al Shebab, Boko Haram)

    Should your country have foreign allies, and if so what would that alliance entail?

    When political ideologies (Freedom) and/or states' goals are similar or the same.

    Where do you stand on nuclear weapons?

    Abolish them world-wide.

    RELIGION

    How should the government recognize religion, if at all?

    As completely separate from the state.

    When a religious practice comes into conflict with established law, how should the government respond? Should religious organizations be tax exempt?

    If the practice harms other individuals, action should be taken against those who practice it. Religious organizations who stick their noses in politics should not be tax exempt, but if they keep their political views to themselves then sure.

    ENVIRONMENT

    What are your views on climate change?

    It's happening now, it's too late to stop it, all we can do at this point is try to contain how bad it's going to get.

    What are your views on energy resources?

    Go Green!

    To what extent should the government create policy regarding the protection of the environment?

    It should make green energy the law of the land, abolish fossil fuels. Make areas with endangered wildlife national parks.

    To what extent should there be an official acknowledgement of "animal rights"?

    Don't abuse your animals, but understand that they are animals and many animals are used for foodstuffs. Areas that slaughter animals should be closely watched to make sure that the animals are not being tortured as happens frequently without consequence.

    Is it acceptable to test medical and cosmetic products on animals?

    Yes, but it's not acceptable to keep them locked up in cages.

    LAW AND JUSTICE

    What is the primary purpose of the criminal justice system?

    To protect the innocent from mobocracy.

    Should a prison be concerned mostly with punishment, rehabilitation, or something else?

    Rehabilitation.

    Where do you stand on what are often deemed "victimless crimes"? This can include drug use, sex issues, and various other lifestyle choices.

    Who the fuck cares what you do with your body as long as it isn't harming someone else.

    LIFE ISSUES

    Where do you stand on life issues? This can include capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, and so on.

    Capital punishment should exist, but the process should happen much more rapidly and they shouldn't wait until midnight to do it just for financial reasons. Prisons are freaking rich, they can afford it.

    Abortion should be legal, even if you don't agree with it the alternative is back-alley coat hanger abortions.

    Euthenasia should only be a thing if it is known the patient will not make it and they are suffering tremendously.

    Stem Cell research is a very good thing, and contrary to popular belief it's not often done with aborted fetuses, and even if it is, who cares? They're already dead.

    FIREARMS

    Where do you stand on the right of the individual to create, acquire, and sell firearms?

    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    MISCELLANEOUS

    Would you be willing to live in a country other than the one you were born in? If so, where would you choose?

    Yes, Canada or Germany would be my top two choices.

    Do you read any publications? Are you subscribed to any paper supplements? Are there any online blogs or websites for current affairs and politics that you follow?

    I'm on a news feed essentially 24/7, I don't follow certain news sources, I follow certain topics and look at all news sources reporting on the subject for consistency to try to find the truth behind the matter.

    Which political figures do you particularly admire?

    President Obama, as controversial as it may seem he's done a great job as president. I detested him for about 2 years but close to the end of last year it started to make since why he was doing what he was doing. Also, President François Hollande.

    If you could pick a 9/11 reg to have a drink with, who would you choose? Where would you go and what would you do and will it result in passionate love making, a nuclear family with 2.1 children and retirement plans together?

    Smiling Apple, we'd go to the Bank Vault and get drunk and talk about world issues and our stances on them. It probably wouldn't result in passionate love making unless we both found each other attractive and I honestly have no idea what he looks like.

    SBP would also be a choice for this, in which case I believe the love making would be inevitable

    Posted January 21st, 2015 by Ghowilo
    Ghowilo

    PHILOSOPHY AND IDEOLOGY

    Angry
    Libertarian, assuming they scored an electable candidate
    A government is never legitimate, it's a necessary tyranny. To be tolerable, it must secure the most safety by trading the least liberty.

    ECONOMICS

    Globalization of markets and minimum wage disparity between countries

    IMMIGRATION

    Make it easy to come in. Kick anyone who doesn't come through the front door out.

    FOREIGN AFFAIRS

    Leave everyone the hell alone / when actually attacked by the nation they're attacking / probably, and trade / they suck but it would suck even more if we didn't have them

    RELIGION

    No / Irrelevant, because the religious practice should have no legal standing outside the religion / no

    ENVIRONMENT

    It's bad yo / they're good, we need more of them / I don't know enough about this question / don't be cruel for no reason / yes to medical, no to cosmetic

    LAW AND JUSTICE

    Prevent crime / keeping truly dangerous off the streets / victimless crime is an oxymoron

    LIFE ISSUES

    It is impossible to make a true moral judgment on the value of life so in lieu of that I want consistency. If the death penalty is legal then abortion should be legal, and vice versa.

    FIREARMS

    If it doesn't shoot more than a mile and/or through walls you can own one. I think gun training licenses should be required to purchase them.

    MISCELLANEOUS

    yes god please yes / Japan, England, Brazil or maybe somewhere in Oceania / not really / Teddy Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Bill Clinton / Jet Presto / some arthouse / pretentious moviewatching marathon / unlikely


    Posted January 22nd, 2015 by Pink Peruvian Flying Bear
    Pink Peruvian Flying Bear

    PHILOSOPHY AND IDEOLOGY

    What do you politically describe yourself as? Or do you renounce labels as a whole?

    Labels of course oversimplify things, but I'm a borderline social democrat. That is I'm not afraid of the state making certain goods public (energy, internet, transit, health insurance etc).

    What political party, if any, would you be most willing to associate yourself with?

    Democrats I guess because I can actually identify with some of them (see: Elizabeth Warren, Patty Murray, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkely), but of course there are plenty of assholes in the party.

    Put in general terms, what should be the role of government? What must a government do (and what must it not do) to legitimize itself?

    The primary role of government should be to guarantee the basic rights of it's citizens (which I believe include some social and economic rights in addition to basic civil rights). Beyond that I believe the state has an obligation to protect the environment, mitigate conflict with other sovreign nations, maintain internal stability, etc etc

    ECONOMICS

    What economic issues are most important to you, and where do you stand on them?

    Economic justice, fair taxation, transition to sustainability. Our tax code needs to be more progressive and we need to rethink economic prosperity, moving out of a paradigm that pursues perpetual growth. I think the most important things to fund is public education.

    IMMIGRATION

    Where do you stand on immigration policy?

    I'm kind of moderate on this. I think our immigration laws and systems need to be overhauled, but whatever laws are on the books should be enforced.

    Should borders be relaxed, tightened, or closed completely?

    Borders should be closed, but reasonable amounts of legal immigration should be allowed, and going through the legal system shouldn't be an excessive burden (I know for some it can take decades).

    Should policy reflect a preference for people from a certain region, culture, or religion?

    No.

    Should there be in place a process for accepting refugees seeking asylum?

    Absolutely, I think that is a crucial obligation.

    FOREIGN AFFAIRS

    What role should your home nation play on the world stage?

    (USA) One of leadership in acting respectfully and responsibly to other sovereign nations, making a push for the end of violent conflict, and pushing the world toward environmental sustainability. We need to exemplify these things domestically as well as in the realm of foreign affairs so that other major nations will follow.

    When should it exercise its military capabilities on foreign soil?

    Rare and only if truly necessary to prevent human disaster or to protect truly vital interests.

    Should your country have foreign allies, and if so what would that alliance entail?

    Absolutely, that alliance should have the primary goal of pursuing peace.

    Where do you stand on nuclear weapons?

    Get rid of them all ASAP. We don't need them for defense and we never should use them anyway. Any military objectives we have can be accomplished with weapons that don't release the disastrous effects of radioactive toxicity upon the environment.

    RELIGION

    How should the government recognize religion, if at all?

    It shouldn't. Ever.

    When a religious practice comes into conflict with established law, how should the government respond?

    The religious practice should not be allowed.

    Should religious organizations be tax exempt?

    Absolutely not, there is no reason that they should ever have been.

    ENVIRONMENT

    What are your views on climate change?

    It is the single greatest threat facing our planet and human civilization and without thoughtful and dramatic action by the world's powers, we have little chance of mitigating its most harmful effects.

    What are your views on energy resources?

    We need to move to renewable sources of energy as quickly as possible. The state should take dramatic action to promote this transition.

    To what extent should the government create policy regarding the protection of the environment?

    To a significant extent. Corporations and private entities have almost zero incentive to do so in the absence of regulation.

    To what extent should there be an official acknowledgement of "animal rights"?

    To the extent that suffering of animals should be minimized as much as possible and any deliberate torture or significant harm of animals should be punishable by law.

    Is it acceptable to test medical and cosmetic products on animals?

    Yes, though in each case it must be scientifically justified and certain standards must be in place.

    LAW AND JUSTICE

    What is the primary purpose of the criminal justice system?

    To ensure the stability of affairs and public safety. To punish violations of the law and rehabilitate individuals who have been inappropriately socialized or who exhibit pathologic behavior.

    Should a prison be concerned mostly with punishment, rehabilitation, or something else?

    Rehabilitation whenever possible. Then mostly isolation from the public and punishment with the primary purpose of rehabilitation.

    Where do you stand on what are often deemed "victimless crimes"? This can include drug use, sex issues, and various other lifestyle choices.

    Legalize and regulate.

    LIFE ISSUES

    Where do you stand on life issues? This can include capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, and so on

    Anti-capital punishment, pro-abortion rights, pro-euthanasia (it would take a long time to detail out what I mean by this, there are a lot of public misperceptions about it), pro-stem cell research

    FIREARMS

    Where do you stand on the right of the individual to create, acquire, and sell firearms?

    Most should be legal, limits on weapons that are designed for mass extinction of human life, limits on who can purchase firearms based on mental state...

    MISCELLANEOUS

    Would you be willing to live in a country other than the one you were born in? If so, where would you choose?

    Yeah, sure. There are many places I would be happy to live.

    Do you read any publications? Are you subscribed to any paper supplements? Are there any online blogs or websites for current affairs and politics that you follow?

    I read the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, 538, NPR, I follow several journalists on twitter including Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, Anderson Cooper, Ezra Klein, I watch DemocracyNow! headlines each morning...

    Which political figures do you particularly admire?

    MLK Jr. (if he counts), Frederick Douglass, Teddy Roosevelt... As for contemporaries: Barrack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden...

    If you could pick a 9/11 reg to have a drink with, who would you choose? Where would you go and what would you do

    SA, we'd go to a pub and watch a football game over a few pints. I'd also want to hang with Arch and Jet Presto sometime, maybe go to a music show?

    Edited January 28th, 2015 by Temerit
    Temerit

    What political party, if any, would you be most willing to associate yourself with?


    It is fashionable for young American conservatives (of the metropolitan and suburban variety, at least) to disdain the Republican Party, but this is not a case of form over function. Young people reject Christian fundamentalism and anti homosexual bigotry because it no longer speaks to their interests in any way.

    That said I have now sold my soul and affiliated myself with the GOP. It is a better fit than the Libertarian Party, on account of their overly simplistic approach to policy and uncomfortable tendency to appeal to far right and isolationist sensibilities.

    Put in general terms, what should be the role of government? What must a government do (and what must it not do) to legitimize itself?


    Do no harm, protect our rights at home, defend our borders, and advance American interests abroad. As an answer I realize it contains fewer words than the question itself, but those four categories vaguely encompass the legitimate role of government as I see it.


    What economic issues are most important to you, and where do you stand on them?


    On a personal level I am most affected by our absurd tax system, and want nothing more than to see more of my income returned to me. Regarding spending I favor the necessities, namely education, infrastructure, emergency services and security. America's military might is as yet unmatched, and it is essential that we maintain it as such to safeguard our way of life. Should the United States fail as a superpower there will be someone to replace us, and the world will be a worse place than it was before.


    Should borders be relaxed, tightened, or closed completely?

    Should policy reflect a preference for people from a certain region, culture, or religion?


    Assuming it worked, America's immigration policy would be sensible. As it stands we're dealing with millions of illegals and it is frankly unacceptable that our legislators cannot find a solution.

    I hate to put stock in doomsday prophecies, but nevertheless I see a growing existential crisis for the nations of Europe, and for them I can see no solution but to close of their borders and focus on better integrating the people they already have.

    What role should your home nation play on the world stage?
    When should it exercise its military capabilities on foreign soil?
    Should your country have foreign allies, and if so what would that alliance entail?
    Where do you stand on nuclear weapons?


    There was a time America knew how to fight a war. We correctly reasoned that the security the nation and our way of life was worth even the lives of our own people. Now, as it happens, we cannot so much as detain a single Islamic militant without every attorney and leftwing pundit coming to his defense, or without one of our seemingly innumerable spineless congressman looking for an exit strategy our of Iraq, Afghanistan, the War on Terror and the world as a whole.

    The America of today, helped in no small part by our two term Chicagoan lawyer and frequent talk show star, abandons its allies and draws "red lines" only to later ignore them. We seek to lose a war only after we've found victory, and that is a symptom of a very big problem.

    America is and should seek to remain the most powerful nation in the history of the human race. We should work with our allies in the interests of western civilization and we should oppose every third rate power that seeks to use nuclear weapons in the advancement of their barbaric ideologies.


    How should the government recognize religion, if at all?


    The law trumps religion at all times, and something like tax exemption is unjustifiable.

    There are plenty of perfectly legitimate states with an official religion - the United Kingdom, for instance - but in general I favor a policy of secularism, though obviously I favor the American tradition as opposed to the French one. The United States is not a Christian nation and never has been.


    What are your views on climate change?


    It is happening.

    I defer to environmental scientists on all matter of environmental science, but I put no stock in their policy suggestions. Political environmentalism often takes the character of religious fervor, and in that case I do not take it seriously.

    Testing on animals is a necessity.


    What is the primary purpose of the criminal justice system?
    Should a prison be concerned mostly with punishment, rehabilitation, or something else?
    Where do you stand on what are often deemed "victimless crimes"? This can include drug use, sex issues, and various other lifestyle choices.


    There is such a thing as justice, and it is not accomplished by affording inmates cable television or by trying to "rehabilitate" offenders, as if the reason for their crime is a matter of some deficiency that can be fixed. Nevertheless there is potential value in preparing prisoners to reintegrate into society as worthwhile citizens, though this concern is (in my mind) secondary to the notion that convicts must pay a price for what they've done.

    Drug abuse is often not victimless, but otherwise I am sympathetic with the notion that criminalizing these actions benefits no one.

    Where do you stand on life issues? This can include capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, and so on.


    I am mostly pro choice, pro science and pro punishment, or perhaps just anti life. I am nominally against late term abortions and probably also euthanasia, on the grounds that I can find no justification for allowing doctors to take the life of innocent people. In the case of euthanasia I do not consider consent a good enough reason.


    Where do you stand on the right of the individual to create, acquire, and sell firearms?


    It is near absolute, though I do not consider it an infringement to require that prospective owners register their guns with the police. Wait lists are a waste of time and nearly anything else simply goes too far.


    Would you be willing to live in a country other than the one you were born in?


    Probably not.

    If so, where would you choose?


    The United Kingdom as a first choice. Canada second.


    Which political figures do you particularly admire?


    James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay, Harry Truman, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan among others. My favorite public intellectual/pundit is William F. Buckley.


    If you could pick a 9/11 reg to have a drink with, who would you choose?


    Tough call. I already know Jet to have good taste in beer, but I might instead want to meet one of our friends from overseas.

    Edited January 26th, 2015 by Famov
    Famov

    What do you politically describe yourself as? Or do you renounce labels as a whole?

    idk anymore. Labels are useful sometimes but rarely if ever absolute.

    What political party, if any, would you be most willing to associate yourself with?

    None of them, for various unrelated reasons. Politics is better handled by rallying people through less impersonal means.

    Put in general terms, what should be the role of government? What must a government do (and what must it not do) to legitimize itself?

    Ideally, the role of government is to uphold the spirit of the law. A government can do whatever it wants to within those parameters, however the people must also be willing to confer their judgement of law to it. This is why you can sometimes get better governance out of fascist or dictatorship rule -- it all depends on how much the people trust the government really. As long as a government stays fair then that should last forever.

    ECONOMICS

    What economic issues are most important to you, and where do you stand on them? Examples include taxation (progressive, regressive, flat rate, or none at all), spending (federal, state, and local; military, education, income inequality, urban renewal, technology, and medicine), monetary policy, and so on.

    Taxation is immoral. Some types (housing, inheritance, income) are more immoral than others (gasoline, corporate). Federal spending is dangerous and tends to cause more problems than it solves. Taken with that mindset, I would invest heavily in infrastructure and things neglected by the private sector (which would have been space travel at one time, but never technology).

    IMMIGRATION

    Where do you stand on immigration policy?

    The idea of by-birth citizenship is kind of a silly thing; I think we'd do better to force everyone to take a citizenship test than we would to not allow immigrants in.

    Should borders be relaxed, tightened, or closed completely?

    Opened completely.

    Should policy reflect a preference for people from a certain region, culture, or religion?

    Saying that American culture is superior when it's centuries-old hodgepodge is laughable.

    Should there be in place a process for accepting refugees seeking asylum?

    Yes, the process should be "Go away, we want people who *want* to come here".

    FOREIGN AFFAIRS

    What role should your home nation play on the world stage?

    It's wildly impractical to adopt an isolationist bent in modern times. So instead our role should be pursuing our economic interests without violating our ethics.

    When should it exercise its military capabilities on foreign soil?

    When foreign soil would seek to do us harm.

    Should your country have foreign allies, and if so what would that alliance entail?

    Absolutely. Ideally we would be loosely allied with all nations. Finding common ground is always pragmatic.

    Where do you stand on nuclear weapons?

    They're a fantastic deterrent against world wars.

    RELIGION

    How should the government recognize religion, if at all?

    It shouldn't. Conflating the two is just asking for trouble.

    When a religious practice comes into conflict with established law, how should the government respond?

    One of the two parties should get its head out of its ass.

    Should religious organizations be tax exempt?

    Depends. Are they receiving special privileges from the government? If so, then they should be taxed like any other corporation, otherwise they should be untaxed like any other non-profit.

    ENVIRONMENT

    What are your views on climate change?



    What are your views on energy resources?

    We should switch everything to renewable power, ASAP. The amount of jobs this would create would far offset the amount of jobs lost.

    To what extent should the government create policy regarding the protection of the environment?

    Just because you keep your house clean doesn't mean that you can't bring in new furniture.

    To what extent should there be an official acknowledgement of "animal rights"?

    Is it acceptable to test medical and cosmetic products on animals?

    A little respect would go a long way. Recognizing that the steak you're eating was once a lot like you, or maybe that your dog genuinely enjoys your company and wasn't forced into loyalty would change these questions a lot. So instead of "Is it ethical to test medical products on animals" the question would be "Is it worth subjecting alien people to suffering to benefit our own society?".

    There's never an easy answer for that, but with that kind of thinking suddenly the idea of doing it for cosmetic reasons or not taking steps to assuage pain seems immediately, horribly wrong.


    LAW AND JUSTICE

    What is the primary purpose of the criminal justice system?

    Justice.

    Should a prison be concerned mostly with punishment, rehabilitation, or something else?

    The purpose of prison is to remove someone from society until they are fit to re-enter it. Thus, the focus should be on rehabilitation and any failures in that regard should be on the society rather than the individual.

    Where do you stand on what are often deemed "victimless crimes"? This can include drug use, sex issues, and various other lifestyle choices.

    Why are these crimes to begin with?

    LIFE ISSUES

    Where do you stand on life issues? This can include capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, and so on.

    Respect life, but make hard decisions regardless.

    FIREARMS

    Where do you stand on the right of the individual to create, acquire, and sell firearms?

    It's a natural human right to do whatever you want with your property. This shouldn't even be a question. The root problem in shootings is the deranged mind behind the shooting, not whatever weapon they decided to use that day. Perhaps we like to pin things on guns because we don't want to think about how responsible we are as a society for people who have been cast out of it.

    MISCELLANEOUS

    Would you be willing to live in a country other than the one you were born in? If so, where would you choose?

    Sure. I don't have a preference.

    If you could pick a 9/11 reg to have a drink with, who would you choose? Where would you go and what would you do and will it result in passionate love making, a nuclear family with 2.1 children and retirement plans together?

    MASSE. WE WOULD DRINK WINE AND SING ITALIAN ANTHEMS UNTIL OUR THROATS FELL OFF

    Also I'd really like to go drinking with #85 and TRE at the same time.

    Posted January 25th, 2015 by Xhin
    Xhin
    Ignorance is strength, freedom is slavery

    What do you politically describe yourself as? Or do you renounce labels as a whole?

    I am a small-c conservative who believes in limited government, the free market, the importance of preserving institutions and tradition within the context of culture, and the primacy of individual liberty.

    What political party, if any, would you be most willing to associate yourself with?

    UKIP, in the UK. Though I long for a Tory party that espouses true conservative values. In the US I would broadly identify with the Republican party despite their pandering to the religious right, which I do not identify with.

    Put in general terms, what should be the role of government? What must a government do (and what must it not do) to legitimize itself?

    The role of government should be to enforce contracts, defend its citizens and provide basic infrastructure (roads, railways, etc) which the private sector would be ill-suited for due to a lack of competitive markets. I believe in a welfare state, though this should be limited to the provision of a “safety net” and not a lifestyle. I do not believe government has any role in guiding individual choices, regardless of whether or not these choices are harmful to the individual.

    What economic issues are most important to you, and where do you stand on them?

    I believe in minimal regulation, a simplified tax system and low taxes – all of which stimulate growth and lead to increased living standards for all.

    Should borders be relaxed, tightened, or closed completely?

    Tightened but not closed. The UK has allowed in a flood of immigrants from the third world and the former Eastern bloc which has driven down wages in the unskilled labour market and radically transformed working class communities. It has led to the formation of isolated communities which do not interact with each other and a breakdown in social cohesion. It has also put significant strain on housing and public services. I believe attitudes to immigration are largely class-based – the middle classes (understandably) do not appreciate the degradation of working class communities which unrestricted immigration has led to and are forced to interpret resistance to immigration as racially based. The predominance of this attitude in politics and the media (both of which are largely composed of the middle classes) has poisoned our public discourse on this issue. The UK has no shortage of unskilled labour but I would allow in skilled migrants on a work permit basis.

    Should policy reflect a preference for people from a certain region, culture, or religion?

    Yes. But only in response to a decade of disastrous immigration policy which has allowed in thousands with no interest in integration. The UK should enact an immigration policy which offers preference to those who are sympathetic to British values.

    Should there be in place a process for accepting refugees seeking asylum?

    Yes. But only for those who are likely to be able to integrate and will not be cast adrift in a culture they know nothing about and do not feel at home in.

    What role should your home nation play on the world stage?

    Britain should uphold and defend the traditions of British liberal democracy abroad – militarily if need be.

    When should it exercise its military capabilities on foreign soil?

    In defence of British interests and (in extreme cases) humanitarian causes also.

    Should your country have foreign allies, and if so what would that alliance entail?

    Our alliances should be based on shared interests and values and backed up with military cooperation. I believe strongly in our special relationship with America and the rest of the Anglosphere and believe Britain should seek closer ties with the Commonwealth.

    Where do you stand on nuclear weapons?

    I am anti-proliferation of nuclear weapons but support the continuation of Britain and America’s nuclear deterrent.

    How should the government recognize religion, if at all?

    I believe strongly in secularism – that government should stay out of religion and religion should stay out of government. However I do not oppose the ceremonial role which the Christian religion plays in the monarchy and our Parliamentary system.

    When a religious practice comes into conflict with established law, how should the government respond? Should religious organizations be tax exempt?

    I believe religious organisations which exist solely as bodies of religious practice – and not as a proselytizing organisation or organisation which furthers interests outside of religious practice – should be tax exempt. I also believe religion should be exempt from laws which come into conflict with religious practice. For example I do not believe churches should be forced to conduct gay marriage ceremonies, even though I believe that gay couples should have the right to marry. However this should not extend into the public sphere – I do not believe, for example, in the right of a devout Muslim to wear the burqa in a court of law.

    What are your views on climate change?

    It’s happening, but there’s nothing we can do about it. Policies enacted to combat climate change are more often than not thinly-veiled attempts at increased regulation and taxation by the back door.

    What are your views on energy resources?

    As yet there are no viable alternatives to fossil fuels. I wish there were. Fracking currently offers the most viable option in our pursuit of energy independence.

    To what extent should the government create policy regarding the protection of the environment?

    Government should regulate waste disposal and enact policies which limit environmental contamination and pollution. I also believe in the protection of our natural landscapes and national parks. As far as climate change is concerned, there is little government can or should do.

    To what extent should there be an official acknowledgement of "animal rights"?

    I do not believe in the language of rights (in general). However, I do not think it right to inflict needless suffering on animals. I do not believe animals are a mere resource. We should do our utmost to limit animal suffering wherever we can.

    Is it acceptable to test medical and cosmetic products on animals?

    Yes, but only within a framework of tight regulation which ensures animals are not subjected to needless suffering.

    What is the primary purpose of the criminal justice system? Should a prison be concerned mostly with punishment, rehabilitation, or something else?

    Retribution and reparation in the pursuit of justice. Deterrence and rehabilitation should also be pursued but only as secondary goods.

    Where do you stand on what are often deemed "victimless crimes"? This can include drug use, sex issues, and various other lifestyle choices.

    I do not think any lifestyle choice which does no harm to anyone other than the individual should be a punishable offence. However, I do not support the legalisation of drugs. Drugs are a unique harm in that in some sense they take away the agency of the individual and are not a matter solely of personal responsibility. I would use the law to dissuade drug use – by punishing those who manufacture and sell drugs, but would not punish drug users themselves with lengthy jail sentences (which aside from anything else do not provide much of a deterrent). Drug users would instead face moderate fines and compulsory treatment for addiction in those cases where physical dependency is an issue.

    Where do you stand on life issues? This can include capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, and so on.

    Capital punishment for war crimes and acts of terrorism only; pro-choice; against the legalisation of euthanasia due to the social pressure this would put on those deemed “eligible” for assisted dying; and pro-stem cell research.

    Where do you stand on the right of the individual to create, acquire, and sell firearms?

    Unlike most (if not all) of my fellow Brits, I believe the right to bear arms is a fundamentally good idea. My opinions on the intricacies of that right is limited by my ignorance in this area, as firearms are inconspicuous in the UK.

    Would you be willing to live in a country other than the one you were born in? If so, where would you choose?

    I would love to move to America. As it is, it’s too difficult to get in with the (complete lack of) skills I possess. I hope to scale the Mexico-United States barrier fence and be granted amnesty by a Democrat Administration some day.

    Do you read any publications? Are you subscribed to any paper supplements? Are there any online blogs or websites for current affairs and politics that you follow?

    I do not believe in the myth of unbiased news outlets and try to read as wide a range of sources as I can bear. My preferences lean to the right, though my first port of call is always the BBC. I mostly read The Telegraph and The Spectator and occasionally dip into The Guardian, The Independent and The New Statesman. In my darkest hours I have been known to read The Daily Mail and visit Breitbart.com.

    Which political figures do you particularly admire?

    The Founding Fathers, Churchill, Thatcher, Reagan – the usual suspects. Nigel Farage (deal with it). In terms of pundits I’m a fan of Peter Hitchens, Douglas Murray, Melanie Phillips… anyone who riles the lefties.

    If you could pick a 9/11 reg to have a drink with, who would you choose?

    I’d choose to have several pints with Famov, Fly and chiefsonny in a dim corner of a rough pub somewhere and generally behave like curmudgeonly old gits well into the early hours.

    Edited January 26th, 2015 by Smiling Apple
    Smiling Apple

    I haven't thought deeply about most of these questions before, so forgive me if my answers are not particularly well thought out or consistent.

    What do you politically describe yourself as? Or do you renounce labels as a whole?

    Liberal leaning, especially socially. I try to keep my views a mixture of idealistic and pragmatic, with a healthy dose of political skepticism. I think that people overall are good but that we can fall victim to things like greed and fear that make us act irrationally, carelessly, and dangerously.

    What political party, if any, would you be most willing to associate yourself with?

    In the two presidential elections I've voted in, I've voted democrat and green. I know about more democrat senators (Wyden) that I like and respect than republican ones, but I'm not a party voter.

    Put in general terms, what should be the role of government? What must a government do (and what must it not do) to legitimize itself?

    This is a complex one for me. I think that people should be free to live their lives how they want for the most part (following the golden rule, hopefully), with little government intervention. But I also realize that sometimes people fall into hard times or are raised in situations that are detrimental to them. I think that the government of a wealthy western country should not think it strange to help people out when they need it, and get a legitimate shot at pursuing happiness. The specifics of how and how much to help people is a good topic for debate. Governments should be able to protect their citizens, especially against foreign attacks. Governments should be able to pass laws that reflect the desires of the people and be able to enforce those laws. I think they can also be an arbiter for contract disputes.

    What economic issues are most important to you, and where do you stand on them?

    I think that open and fair markets are good things. I think that ambition is good but that greed is bad, especially when it's at the expense of others. A market can't be unregulated nor can it suffocate under too much regulation. Give people room to innovate. Give them guidelines for behavior, trust them to do the right thing, and punish them if they don't.

    Should borders be relaxed, tightened, or closed completely?

    I personally haven't seen any downsides to immigration (that I know about). I think the US has plenty of space, and that immigrants are a large and valuable part of our nation's history. I think we should be careful to screen who we let in. At the same time, it's hard for me to fault people for wanting to come here so badly to pursue a better life that they enter the country illegally. I don't think open borders (in the metaphoric sense) are a good idea.

    Should policy reflect a preference for people from a certain region, culture, or religion?

    I don't think so. I think anyone can end up being a good American, or at least not a bad one. And even if they aren't the best citizen and they don't try to blend in and learn English, their children and children's children will, and things will be fine from there.

    Should there be in place a process for accepting refugees seeking asylum?

    Yes.

    What role should your home nation play on the world stage?

    This is a tough one for me too. Part of me wants to be strictly non-interventionist. However, there are atrocities across the world that I think the US, along with partner nations, can help alleviate through some mix of military or humanitarian support. The world's police is probably not the right role for us, but maybe we'd make a good doctor or adviser.

    When should it exercise its military capabilities on foreign soil?

    In defense of American lives or in extreme humanitarian causes. In the latter case I think military support of friendly groups is better than direct involvement of our troops.

    Should your country have foreign allies, and if so what would that alliance entail?

    Yes. Military and economic agreements seem like the most natural.

    Where do you stand on nuclear weapons?

    Don't build any more of them, greatly reduce the stockpile in existence, and discourage other nations from pursuing them.

    How should the government recognize religion, if at all? Should religious organizations be tax exempt?

    Perhaps in the same way that other non-profits get recognized, as long as they follow the same rules. Besides that, no special treatment.

    When a religious practice comes into conflict with established law, how should the government respond?

    If all parties agree to abide by the religious law and it's a private matter, then maybe that would be okay. But if it's in the public sphere or there is some contention, then established law must take precedence.

    What are your views on climate change?

    It's happening, mostly caused by human activity. There are things we can do to mitigate the effects and slow it. But certain consequences seem inevitable now.

    What are your views on energy resources?

    Pursue clean and renewable resources as much as possible. At the same time, research ways to make fossil fuel use more effective.

    To what extent should the government create policy regarding the protection of the environment?

    Environmental protection should be very important, but also balanced with sane economic development. Sustainable production, like replanting harvested forests, is great.

    To what extent should there be an official acknowledgement of "animal rights"?

    Laws against animal suffering and cruelty are good. Ultimately, many animals are a resource for us and our laws should reflect our culture.

    Is it acceptable to test medical and cosmetic products on animals?

    Medicines and treatments, maybe, especially to lower animals. Cosmetics I don't know about. Seems unnecessary, but I don't know the process.

    What is the primary purpose of the criminal justice system? Should a prison be concerned mostly with punishment, rehabilitation, or something else?

    I think the order should be deterrence, rehabilitation, and punishment. The type and severity of crime should heavily influence the goal.

    Where do you stand on what are often deemed "victimless crimes"? This can include drug use, sex issues, and various other lifestyle choices.

    I agree with Smiling Apple's answer, except that drugs that show some medicinal benefit could potentially be legalized, such as marijuana.

    Where do you stand on life issues? This can include capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, and so on.

    Pro-choice. Generally against capital punishment (although reading The Bet by Chekov doesn't make life sentences sound any better). Laws like Oregon's Death With Dignity Act make sense to me in terms of euthanasia. Stem cell research is useful.

    Where do you stand on the right of the individual to create, acquire, and sell firearms?

    I don't like the culture of violence that seems to be part of America, but I do think the second amendment is a good idea and I recognize that gun ownership and usage is deeply ingrained in the American psyche. I don't know the best way to stop mass shootings, but I think that dealing with mentally ill people better is a good start.

    Would you be willing to live in a country other than the one you were born in? If so, where would you choose?

    America would always be home for me, but I wouldn't mind living abroad for a few years at a time. Australia, New Zealand, most of Europe, and South America to a lesser extent have a pull on me.

    Do you read any publications? Are you subscribed to any paper supplements? Are there any online blogs or websites for current affairs and politics that you follow?

    For national and international news I mainly use news aggregators like Google News and popurls.com, so I end up reading stories from a variety of sources. I don't subscribe to any print media, but I do like reading The Economist and The New Yorker. I also read my local newspapers regularly.

    Which political figures do you particularly admire?

    I probably don't know enough about enough of them to say. I like explorers, innovators, and people with the courage and vision to try new ideas to old problems.

    If you could pick a 9/11 reg to have a drink with, who would you choose?

    In no particular order: Famov, Temerit, Smiling Apple, Arch, Xhin, Jet Presto, Pink Peruvian Flying Bear, Malas, and PJH all seem well-adjusted enough to be good folks to meet up with for drinks and discussion. If Qwey was still around I'd add her to the list.

    Edited February 13th, 2015 by EN
    EN

    What do you politically describe yourself as? Or do you renounce labels as a whole?

    I don't renounce labels. I understand what the differences are between liberal and conservative-minded people. I just don't think there's any difference once someone gets elected. Both parties hug the middle, or just do whatever they damn well please once they are in power in the US. All but one president is related to the same King. I doubt that's a coincidence. Whats up with the Bushes and Clintons, and how they get along with each other really well, and also with the Queen? I won't go as far as David Icke and say Reptilian agenda or anything, but there is definitely old money in play and it really doesn't matter which puppet is the head of state.

    What political party, if any, would you be most willing to associate yourself with?

    I would stand with anyone who honestly honors peace and enlightenment. That's it. Those are my values. I experience emotion like anyone else, but when it's negative, I try my best to release it in solitude so that it doesn't affect anyone else.

    Put in general terms, what should be the role of government? What must a government do (and what must it not do) to legitimize itself?

    I don't think there's anything a government can do to legitimize itself. Being frank, a small group of people is deciding how life is going to go for the rest of the people.

    There are some benefits to security and law, but the system is far from perfect, and there is a lot of evil afoot.

    ECONOMICS

    What economic issues are most important to you, and where do you stand on them?

    I wish money didn't exist.

    IMMIGRATION

    Where do you stand on immigration policy?

    I'd love it if there were no borders at all. If travel was free and there were no countries I wouldn't need the internet because I would spend my entire life exploring and still not see half of what there is to see.

    Should borders be relaxed, tightened, or closed completely?

    Removed. Countries too. I don't think people should be limited based on where they happen to be born.

    Should policy reflect a preference for people from a certain region, culture, or religion?
    Should there be in place a process for accepting refugees seeking asylum?

    This question begs a more realistic answer. So assuming that countries and borders are always going to be a thing, I think that there should be no preference based on race, religion, or cultural identity.

    FOREIGN AFFAIRS

    What role should your home nation play on the world stage?

    Canada should share it's wealth and water with people who need it. I grew up in the western world and I'm guilty of splurging too, but we should show a little love to everyone.

    When should it exercise its military capabilities on foreign soil?

    After it is attacked. We don't need guns to help people.

    Should your country have foreign allies, and if so what would that alliance entail?

    What is the point? If the US and Russia go to nuclear war it won't matter which side we're officially allied with. Nukes from both sides are going to land on Canada either way. It's right in the middle.

    Where do you stand on nuclear weapons?

    They suck?

    RELIGION

    How should the government recognize religion, if at all?

    They should just let people do their thing.

    When a religious practice comes into conflict with established law, how should the government respond? Should religious organizations be tax exempt?

    Well I don't care for taxes or central banking to begin with so... Laws to do with religion aren't important enough to enforce.

    ENVIRONMENT

    What are your views on climate change?

    I'll get back to you. My only intel on that right now comes from high school, which I no longer deem a worthy source of information.

    What are your views on energy resources?

    There's probably a bigger stock of them than the powers that be are letting on.

    To what extent should the government create policy regarding the protection of the environment?

    The environment is where we live. It's pretty easy math.

    To what extent should there be an official acknowledgement of "animal rights"?

    Does the government consider us animals yet?

    But in all seriousness, people who are cruel to animals are dicks. I think they should have to carry around signs explaining what they did to the animal.

    Is it acceptable to test medical and cosmetic products on animals?

    It's going to happen either way.

    LAW AND JUSTICE

    What is the primary purpose of the criminal justice system?

    To keep as many criminal away from citizens as possible, and rehabilitate the ones who aren't too far gone yet.

    Should a prison be concerned mostly with punishment, rehabilitation, or something else?

    I don't think a prison should punish criminals. Going to prison is the punishment. Rehabilitation would be a nice focus.

    Where do you stand on what are often deemed "victimless crimes"? This can include drug use, sex issues, and various other lifestyle choices.

    Libertarian all the way. And I hate any laws to do with copyright or patents.

    LIFE ISSUES

    Where do you stand on life issues? This can include capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, and so on.

    No strong opinions about any of those subjects.

    FIREARMS

    Where do you stand on the right of the individual to create, acquire, and sell firearms?

    What do you need a gun for unless you're a hunter?

    MISCELLANEOUS

    Would you be willing to live in a country other than the one you were born in? If so, where would you choose?

    Whichever one my soulmate is in.

    Do you read any publications? Are you subscribed to any paper supplements? Are there any online blogs or websites for current affairs and politics that you follow?

    I follow David Icke's website, mostly for entertainment.

    Which political figures do you particularly admire?

    None of them. I don't trust any of them.

    If you could pick a 9/11 reg to have a drink with, who would you choose? Where would you go and what would you do and will it result in passionate love making, a nuclear family with 2.1 children and retirement plans together?

    Probably Famov


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