Political Polarization Test Results


Liberal Modernist

Your value priorities point to this political position, described below:

Liberal Modernist, you tend to highly value a strong social safety net, economic justice, a peaceful foreign policy, a balance of jobs and environmental protection, and equality among Americans.

Depolarize Your Thinking, Please Consider the Following Questions:

  1. What is the best way to care for people who need help without encouraging dependency or enabling a non-productive life?
  2. What are the downsides of increasing government involvement in the economy and society? We know that having a lean body is good for our health and performance. Might this same principle of health and efficiency also point to the need for a “lean government”?
  3. What would justify American military action abroad? Do you see any such threats on the historical horizon today?
  4. How can we integrate the value of equality (a society that provides for the needy) with the value of equity (a society that rewards our most productive)?

Suggested Exercises to Help Depolarize Your Thinking:

About the Four Major Political Positions:

Most knowledgeable commentators agree that the simple bipolar continuum of Left and Right no longer adequately captures the complexity of America’s political milieu. The existential polarity of “liberal and conservative” expresses itself in multiple ways and on multiple levels within the overall electorate. Our model accordingly identifies the four distinct political positions that comprise America’s contemporary political landscape. For more on the philosophy behind the test see: Depolarizing the American Mind: How America Can Grow Beyond Its Currently Polarized Politics, by ICE partners Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps.

Click on a title to see the results page for each of the four basic political positions:

About the Test

The political philosophy that informs the polarization test is described in the accompanying white paper on this website: Depolarizing the American Mind: How America Can Grow Beyond Its Currently Polarized Politics, by ICE partners Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps. As discussed in the paper, a central principle for working with a polarized cultural situation is that each pole needs the values of its opposing pole for its own further and fuller development. Applied to politics, this principle shows how conservative values can serve to improve liberal positions by challenging and moderating such positions in a way that makes them stronger. The same can be said about the role of liberal values in strengthening conservative positions. See the results pages for specific examples. This test is not social science research, it is simply an interactive method for demonstrating some of the ideas behind ICE’s polarization campaign. For a fuller description of our proposal, please see the accompanying white paper “Depolarizing the American Mind.”

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