Either that, or I’m a communist.
You know what I’m talking about, those websites that quiz you on your views and then “analyze” your results to tell you which party you agree with the most. But it’s fundamentally flawed: I tried the quizzes on three different sites, and was told that I belong to three different parties. Here’s hoping for bi, or in this case, tripartisanship?
A big issue, in my opinion, is how these algorithms guage what matters to me. No matter how they try to do it, no site can nail down the perfect balance of how much you care about a given subject, and how little you care about another. That’s why I believe my views on the role the government plays in society outweigh the emphasis I place on how the government should be dealing with the economy, and labels me a liberal instead of a conservative.
It’s fascinating work trying to figure out which party you align with, but at the same time it’s incredibly tedious. All the political parties of Canada have horrendously maintained websites, which are just awful at conveying information. I don’t know if this is a factor that contributes to voter apathy, but I feel like it is: if I’m a willing voter looking for information, it shouldn’t take me more than 10 seconds to be able to navigate to the party platform on the website. And another thing – all these parties are incredibly diplomatic, to the point where all their ideologies start to sound the same. Or maybe I’m just being naiive, and not admitting that that’s the case in real life, anyway. Either way, after an hour of researching, party A seems to be the same as party B, which obviously isn’t right. Maybe Trump is right in trying to make a lasting impression, and other parties could try it too. Not the stupidity, just something that helps their agenda stick. Anything would help, because right now I’m severely confused as to for whom I want to vote.
Maybe I’m in denial, but I really don’t think I’m a New Democrat at the end of the day. I do agree with some of their core values, but not so much that I’d vote for them. At the end of the day, the lesson I’ve learned is that shortcuts don’t work, and if I’m to vote in the upcoming election, I’ll have to do my homework, and do some proper research. Wish me luck!