Who Are You?

N.Y. Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has pointed to a morality quiz website that determines the extent of your leanings along liberal/conservative lines. “One of the main divides between left and right is the dependence on different moral values,” he summarizes. “For liberals, morality derives mostly from fairness and prevention of harm. For conservatives, morality also involves upholding authority and loyalty — and revulsion at disgust.”

There are six questionaires covering six moral areas. Moral Foundations (i.e., what underlies the virtues and issues you care about? Why do you have the political orientation that you do?), a Satisfaction with Life Scale (how happy are you these days?), a Sacredness Survey (what would you do for a million dollars?), Systems & Feelings (which kind of understanding do you prefer?), a Need for Cognition Scale (what is your attitude toward mental work?) and a Relationship Survey (what is your “style”‘ of relating in romantic/love relationships, and how does that relate to morality?).

I filled out two of the forms (moral foundations, relationships). The results didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know before. But it’s interesting to explore the fundamentals every so often in a multiple-choice way.

  • Josh Massey

    “For liberals, morality derives mostly from fairness and prevention of harm. For conservatives, morality also involves upholding authority and loyalty — and revulsion at disgust.”

    That’s about as accurate as me saying “for conservatives, morality involves individual rights and responsibilities, and liberalism involves raping kittens.”

  • Mowkeka

    For conservatives, morality involves the golden rule. For liberals, opposing whatever conservatives stand for.

  • Sabina E

    of course. Conservatives are known for CONSERVING traditions and authority (and I guess “morality”), while liberals LIBERATE themselves from such restrictive, repressive attitudes and ideas.

  • DarthCorleone

    Yeah, when I think of Prop 8, the Golden Rule is the first thing that springs to mind.

  • DeafBrownTrashPunk

    of course. Conservatives are known for CONSERVING traditions and authority (and I guess “morality”), while liberals LIBERATE themselves from such restrictive, repressive attitudes and ideas.

  • Josh Massey

    Don’t blame Prop 8 on conservatives.

    And I’m not even drawing my usual line between today’s Republicans and true conservatives. I’m talking about the hordes of Democrats that voted for it as well.

    For the record, every fiber of my conservative being was against it.

  • SpinDozer

    “For conservatives, morality also involves upholding authority and loyalty”

    ie, Conservatives are servile. That’s not nearly as unsurprising as that most of them aren’t smart enough to know it.

  • SpinDozer

    ‘Don’t blame Prop 8 on conservatives.’

    Why not? If you wanted to blame any particular group, you could make the case that x was to blame since 599603 of them voted for it…but why would anyone but a douche blame anyone but the progenitors, religious conservatives? (fun fact, Massey, those are the folks you exchange precious bodily fluids with whenever you vote GOP!)

  • Gordon27

    “Don’t blame Prop 8 on conservatives.”

    You’re the one who refuses to accept that “conservative” can be cultural or fiscal; fiscal conservatism has little to do with Prop 8, granted, but the numbers are pretty clear:

    85% of voters identifying themselves as evangelical or born-again Christians voted “yes” vs. 42% of non-evangelical

    77% of Republicans in the poll voted yes. vs. 35% of Democrats

    And that’s not even bringing large spending by conservative groups to sway people’s minds on the subject. You’re making a really silly argument here.

  • YRG

    There’s an easier way– show them Beverly Hills Chihuahua. If they like it, they’re conservatives, if not, they’re liberals. ;)

  • Josh Massey

    “Conservatives are servile…”

    You probably say this so much you believe it’s actually true. Conservatives want individual freedom, a less oppressive government, the ability to do their own thing – while liberals crow for a big brother to take care of them, to provide their wants and needs on the backs of others in a grab at perceived “fairness.”

    Who sounds servile?

    Yes, religious Republicans go against some of these traits by being against gay and abortion rights (both issues I likely agree with you on), but the core conservative principles are the opposite of servility.

  • SpinDozer

    the core conservative principles …are a fantasy sold to sheeple incapable of examining the reality of the situation which is that sucking corporate ass in the name of individual freedom and pretending that individuals acting in a collective manner to benefit themselves and prevent abuse by the powerful is not freedom makes one servile.

  • Gordon27

    WAAAAHHHHH WAAHHHHHHH WAHHHHH WAHHHHHH Just because people who get voted into office by conservative people consistently turn around and fuck things up for the majority of the country, i don’t want to be lumped in with their decisions, and anyway, it’s all the liberals fault! WAAAAHHHHH WAAAHHHH WAAAHHHHHH

    Who sounds juvenile?