My Quiz's Answer Key
I’d like to thank everybody who took the time to take the How Similar Are You To Me test. I thought the results were very interesting, in that most of my readership fell somewhere in the 70% range. But, I suppose that was to be expected, given my unique set of issue positions and my rather lonely stance that morality is all a matter of individual opinion. In case anybody was wondering why they scored as they did, I figured I’d post an “answer key.” This answer key should give a substantial insight into my ideology, and perhaps provoke an interesting debate.
Here are the answers, in question order.
1. “Abortion rights?”
I strongly support them. I believe the right to abort a fetus should be unlimited and absolute. I support no restrictions on the procedure, including ones with respect to age or “term.”
2. “Gay Marriage?”
I strongly support it. Indeed, there is not a single good argument to be made against gay marriage. The objections are all rooted in the Bible, which isn’t to be trusted on matters scientific, historical or rational.
3. “Death Penalty?”
I staunchly oppose it. The system is terminally fallible. People (a great number of them) have been exonerated while sitting on death row waiting to be executed. Even one innocent being executed would be too much.
4. “School Prayer?”
I strongly oppose it. Prayer is a meaningless and irrational activity. There is no God with which to communicate. As such, praying is just talking to yourself – an activity with no measurable benefit.
5. “Legal Euthanasia?”
I strongly support this. And, I don’t limit my support to terminally ill individuals, either. If a man stubs his toe, and he can’t live with the pain, he should be allowed to be euthanized, if he so chooses. It’s called bodily sovereignty.
6. “Gun Rights?”
I support them. However, I also support background checks, including at gun shows. The types of restrictions that I oppose relate to safety locks, licensing, weapon bans, mandatory training courses, etc.
7. “Free Trade?”
I strongly support it. I also oppose linking human rights to free trade deals. The global community should be one huge marketplace. With that, the lowest priced, highest quality goods will prevail in the end. Higher prices and lower quality will fall by the wayside.
8. “Foreign Aid?”
I oppose it in almost all cases. Countries should stand up on their own two feet, not be dependent upon other countries. Foreign aid is simply huge-scale welfare, and I oppose welfare on all scales.
9. “International Interventionism?”
I strongly oppose this. What goes on in
I strongly endorse this. The Iraq War was a mistake the likes of which we haven’t seen since
Strongly oppose. Already covered in the Foreign Aid response.
12. “Public Health Spending?”
Strongly oppose. There is no “right” to healthcare. Healthcare is a service – a service one must pay for with money. It is not the government’s role to dole out healthcare to the citizenry; it would only give the government more leverage to interfere in people’s lives.
13. “School Vouchers?”
Strongly oppose them. They undercut the public education system and rob it of needed funds. Moreover, vouchers also are often connected with religious schools, which teach misinformation.
14. “Strong Public Education System?”
Strongly support. This country depends upon having an intelligent citizenry. With strong education, bad ideas will perish and religion will be exposed. Without public education, religious schools likely would gain influence.
15. “Arctic Drilling?”
Strongly support. I have one concern with respect to oil: Ending our dependence upon the
17. “The Supernatural?”
18. “Ghosts, Haunted Houses, Possession, etc?”
No more rational than the Tooth Fairy.
19. “Objective, Generally Applicable Morality?”
It does not exist. Morality is a coherent term only when taken in the context of “to me.” Outside that individual context, it’s wholly incoherent.
20. “Morality Can Be Divorced From Opinion...”
Never. Morality IS an individual’s opinion. To say, “Action A is immoral” is really to say, “In my opinion, Action A is wrong.” Morality cannot be divorced from opinion because morality is opinion.
21. “Like George W. Bush?”
Yeah, right. Bush is quite possibly the worst
22. “Like Penn and Teller?”
Very much. I agree with them almost 90% of the time. They are unfailingly rational, logical, science-minded and irreverent.
23. “Government that governs least governs best?”
24. “I believe some things without hard evidence...”
Never. Without hard evidence, everything is doubtful. Hard evidence is the only method by which real knowledge can be attained.
25. “It is appropriate for government to protect me from myself.”
Never. We’re adults, not kindergarten children. The government must never protect us from ourselves. Similarly, the government must never enact laws that are “for our own good.” That, too, would be an element of the “nanny state,” which I so strongly oppose.