Your political/social views over the years

I know there has been quite a lot of threads about politics lately, however, this one is different. I think it would be interesting to see how your views have changed over the years and why they changed. 

I use to believe in some crazy shit when I was younger. At 14 I was a communist and thought people's guns should be taken by force, the second amendment no longer served any purpose. I was extremely anti-religious as well. I did a complete 180 and became a hardcore conservative until like 17ish. The only reason I wasn't far right was that they hate people like me and I'm not self-loathing. I was also a religious nut at this time. The sad/embarrassing thing was that I was only a conservative because everyone else was a liberal, essentially I wanted to be edgy and not actually figure out the truth. I don't remember thinking critically about issues, rather I thought about them only as a "conservative." Ever since then I've come around to the much more boring position of being right of center and no longer being a religious nut either, but also not be some hardcore atheist that has no respect for freedom of religion. To end I'll paraphrase Thomas Sowell, the problem isn't that Johnny can't read, the problem is that Johnny can't think. I definitely was Johnny for a while.

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  • Principal in VC
Jan 11, 2021 - 7:36pm

- Liberal in high school (didn't really have any views, but Obama was running which was cool)

- Conservative / libertarian in college (Romney was running which was cool as a finance hardo, took some economics courses so I kept using "efficiency" and "deadweight loss" when talking about taxes, imagined myself being rich and took occupy Wall Street / 99% stuff personally)

- Liberal after college (started interacting with real people in the real world, actually developed values of my own)

- I've been trending right lately not because my views have changed but because the far left seems have lost its mind and is dragging the Democratic Party with it. Still a solid liberal though. 

  • VP in IB - Ind
Jan 11, 2021 - 7:36pm

I think we can all agree that far left (eg AOC) sucks but the (new) far right is... something. How is there a QAnon high school dropout with multiple prior arrests and summons no-shows in Congress? The House has always had nuttier types but Boebert is a new low.

Trumpism has destroyed the Republican Party, just as Lindsey Graham warned would happen back when he had a spine. I doubt anyone sane would be electable from now on.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 11, 2021 - 7:36pm

The goalposts on what's left of the center and what's right of the center are constantly shifting. But the unfortunate truth of today's world is that the middle is eroding. 

  • Analyst 3+ in RE - Comm
Jan 11, 2021 - 7:36pm

High School - who knows, probably conservative since I went to a catholic, all boys, military school. Called each other f*ggots and homos in the halls and stuff. Pretty immature.

College - conservative for the most part but started changing views as I got to be a senior and had some practical real world experience.

Post College - fiscally conservative and will always be, thought I was socially liberal until about 2018 when I started seeing who these "woke" people really were. Still am liberal on standard issues like prison reform, legalizing marijuana, etc. but since moving to NYC, I have come to despise the AOC crowd and anyone who supports DeBlasio and Cuomo's policies. 

Jan 11, 2021 - 7:36pm

I've always been too liberal for conservatives to like me and too conservative for liberals to like me. My political stance is the part of me that's changed the least over the years. 

Jan 11, 2021 - 7:36pm

I try to remain untethered from party-line myopia, though my closest delineation would be libertarian. I grew up in a staunch republican household and used to believe everything I heard on Fox News, but now tend to think more freely and and for myself - more of a purely logic-based paradigm.

I strongly believe in free enterprise and limited government, with smart incentive-based regulation where needed. On the other hand, I hold classical liberal views on the environment, immigration, marijuana, free trade, and education. To me, the best way to fix wealth inequity, racial divide, and equality of opportunity in this country over the long-haul is via improved education, and I like the notion of charter schools. Teacher and police unions likely do more harm than good (bad teachers and bad cops should get fired and good ones rewarded- how else would they have incentive to do their jobs well?), but we also need to greatly increase education funding and pull from other areas (military, lowering the social security age to where it should be based on current mortality rates, etc). I suppose that this is neither purely Democrat or Republican, but rather a blend of ideas from both camps.

I'm fiscally conservative in the traditional sense, so I'm disgusted by both parties' big deficit spending policies. Though I want national parks, infrastructure, education funding and the like, I generally trend towards less government, smarter government, and more liberty and freedom of individual choice for everyone.


Jan 11, 2021 - 7:36pm

This is similar to where I am now. I don't like calling myself a republican, even though I'm registered as one. At this point, I try to take each issue for what it is and not from the viewpoint of any one party or political lense. 

Jan 11, 2021 - 7:36pm

I was a leftist all my childhood. I was a punk, played in a band, listened to reggae and liked the idea of confronting Babylon. I couldn't understand why people have so many rules in society, why we need national borders in the world, why people live their lives so boring.

Now I understand why the society functions the way it does. I sincerely believe that conservative economic policies are better for every hard-working person, even poor, and I support republicans. I believe that law enforcement is crucial in maintaining a well-functioning society. I still value freedom, unique views on life, and unique ways of life.

  • Associate 3 in PE - LBOs
Jan 11, 2021 - 7:36pm

I never really had many particularly strong political views until college - I just loved America and our values of independence, liberty etc (perhaps this is a political view now?). This was right around Occupy Wall Street popping up and I think the "check your privilege" thing started when I was a senior. I'm now a bit right of center, although that could be a function of the left moving further left. I'm probably most classified as a "classical liberal."

Jan 11, 2021 - 7:36pm

I was conservative in my youth and at one time, was a member of a local young republicans club. That changed in college and post college. I would describe myself as a liberal capitalist.  I grew up with no religion, then became somewhat religious while teaching myself religion for about a period of 5 years.  Today, I am not religious.
Jan 11, 2021 - 7:36pm

- Rockefeller Republican during high school. Very ardent supporter of capitalism and individualism. Belived that social programs are good in moderation but are typically abused by many people because a lot of people are innately lazy. 

- Became a moderate liberal during college. Obama pretty much drew me to centre-left. I still held many Rockefeller Republican beliefs(I still do) but I couldn't see myself voting for a Republican candidate. 

-Now I'd classify myself as a realistic liberal. I use that term because I typically don't agree with AOC but I understand her message. I'm more in line with Schumer and Warren. I do believe in marijuana legalization, higher social spending, cutting the defense budget - typical liberal stances. But I'm also in favor of capitalism, lower taxation, smaller central government, and not a fan of social security and welfare programs - typical conservative values. I don't identify as a member of any political party. I'd vote for whomever best represented my beliefs. I don't care for polarization.  


Jan 11, 2021 - 7:36pm

Edgy atheist leftist at 13.

Traditional conservative at 17.

Libertarian at 19.

Classical liberal at 25.

Mixed econ. social conservative at 30.

Anti-liberal now.

Can be summoned to make fun of liberals at will. 

Jan 11, 2021 - 7:36pm

In middle/hs I was under the misconception that the Democratic Party was the party of "equality". I remember shedding a tear when Obama gave his 2012 inauguration speech and in 2016 wanted Hillary to win. I was disappointed that we didn't have a female president and thought society was backward.

Became a socially conservative & anti-establishment conservative after hitting college. Realized that the whole "Republican=racist!" mentality is outdated and that plenty of liberals are racist. Both sides also has many who see beyond race. (As a side note Biden/Harris ticket was a total insult to minorities). Additionally became frustrated for receiving lower grades for expressing non woke views (literally read the comments on my assignments) and saw that there really wasn't the tolerance I thought. That and  20 more reasons that I will avoid for length.

Jan 11, 2021 - 7:36pm

I feel you, especially the part about having non-woke views. Taking a sociology class this spring and I wonder what it'll be like, hopefully not so far left that I'll get low grades for expressing an opinion (actually facts)! I think they call it the tyranny of low expectations. A subtle form of bigotry that hurts those it's trying to protect.


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