Essentially, I'm strong on social freedoms, but strong on social protection. The problem with these things is it judges a desire to give a safety net and an equal start to everyone as being economically controlling, and makes me non economically permissive.It is the natural order of a capitalist market to merge and acquire, potentially leading to oligopolies, cartels and anti-competetive practices. In order for a market to continue to function, you need a system of preventing cartels. The best way to do this is to decentralise, and rely on small to medium sized businesses for your economic backbone.
Wrong! I'm a strong believer in the principles of a market economy, the Market is undoubtedly the most efficient means of distribution and exchange yet discovered, and it's pretty good with assessing the value of an individual product, as long as it is a functioning market.
The thing is, I don't believe in corporate ownership, and would rather shop in small, local businesses than chain stores whenever possible. But every tick in favour of controls on corporations makes me "less" in favour of economic freedoms. This isn't tied to online tests, it's endemic within commentary on economics. It's assumed you're either 'Left' or 'Right' economically, there doesn't seem to be any understanding of the difference between social justice, fair trade and a functioning market analysis.
These simplistic online tests assume that because I believe in a strong safety net and because I'm not a fan of massive conglomerates that I'm economically controlling. I'm not, I ideally want to take economic power away from the centre and the state as much as possible. I'll stop repeating myself now.
Instead, I'll point out that Paul and I also did Chris Lightfoot's Political Survey thing during the election campaign, and I didn't note at the time but will now; Chris? You've got socialist and free market as being polar opposites. They're not, socialism is a system of ownership, a market is a system of distribution and exchange, you mean socialist vs capitalist; not all capitalist economies are market driven, and socialism (note the small 's') doesn't preclude a market as a system of setting value; Socialism and Marxism do, but they're not the only systems you can have.
Oh, on the grounds that Livejournal allows a much better category system than Blogger, if anyone wants to read my more light hearted and/or older pre-blog observations, they're here: