Page 1 of 4 [ 61 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4  Next

thomas81
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 2 May 2012
Age: 39
Gender: Male
Posts: 5,147
Location: County Down, Northern Ireland

30 Apr 2013, 4:11 pm

Do you think your autism is partly responsible for pushing you left or right?

I think in my case it has. Since I'm unable to see the world in the same terms as norms, I am largely surrounded by right wing thinking people. The leftist position just makes sense to me as a result.


_________________
Being 'normal' is over rated.

My deviant art profile


TheValk
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 28 Dec 2012
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Posts: 641

30 Apr 2013, 4:13 pm

Certainly. Autism has played a role in my withdrawal from and complete indifference to politics in spite of the external stimuli trying to pull me in.



thomas81
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 2 May 2012
Age: 39
Gender: Male
Posts: 5,147
Location: County Down, Northern Ireland

30 Apr 2013, 4:15 pm

TheValk wrote:
Certainly. Autism has played a role in my withdrawal from and complete indifference to politics in spite of the external stimuli trying to pull me in.


Most norms are politically apathetic so I'm not sure you can pin that on autism. If anything, our tendency to withdraw from the sheep means that if your autism influences you politically, it will make you partisan.


_________________
Being 'normal' is over rated.

My deviant art profile


Jacoby
Veteran
Veteran

Joined: 10 Dec 2007
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Posts: 14,284
Location: Permanently banned by power tripping mods lol this forum is trash

30 Apr 2013, 4:30 pm

I suppose. I don't think of it in a vacuum if that makes sense but it is a part of my person and my life experience. I've always been an independent minded person that has had trouble with authority, my politics came to reflect that. I would never point to one specific thing, who I am and what I believe is a accumulation of a lifetime.



AceOfSpades
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 11 Feb 2006
Gender: Male
Posts: 3,754
Location: Sean Penn, Cambodia

30 Apr 2013, 4:39 pm

I think it's mostly just me and my upbringing. I'm a hard nosed cynical person who hates ivory tower elitism and pretentious humanitarian ideals but I've also come to be collectivistic so that puts me somewhere in the centre.



GGPViper
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 23 Sep 2009
Gender: Male
Posts: 5,587

30 Apr 2013, 4:45 pm

The (apparent) fact that the social expectations, rituals, conventions, institutions and practices of the society I live in are mostly based on personality types that I cannot/will not adhere to has led me to adopt a very individualistic political mindset.

Wolves versus lambs, and all that...


_________________
Omit needless words.


xMistrox
Toucan
Toucan

User avatar

Joined: 25 Mar 2013
Age: 34
Gender: Male
Posts: 255

30 Apr 2013, 5:10 pm

I tend to lean left, but I'm primarily balanced (socially liberal, fiscally conservative would be a closer description). I'm not a fan of radicals and conspiracies from either side.


_________________
BAP: 103 aloof / 100 rigid / 103 pragmatic
AQ: 40 EQ: 8 SQ: 114
Aspie: AS-156/200 NT-56/200
RAADS-R: 189 total
Diagnosed 9/2013


1000Knives
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 8 Jul 2011
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Posts: 5,036
Location: CT, USA

30 Apr 2013, 6:56 pm

School systems/etc not understanding me and dealing with me badly caused me to become libertarian. I think without AS, I'd probably be either an extreme leftie or conservative. AS makes me wanna be left alone and leave others alone.



puddingmouse
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 24 Apr 2010
Age: 34
Gender: Female
Posts: 8,777
Location: Cottonopolis

30 Apr 2013, 7:08 pm

I don't think it had influenced me as much as my upbringing. I grew up working class in the North of England. I feel almost innately socialist.

I think my autism pushed me away from the party-line of the radical left, though. I can't abide the likes of the SWP.


_________________
Zombies, zombies will tear us apart...again.


Giftorcurse
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 13 Apr 2009
Age: 26
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,887
Location: Port Royal, South Carolina

30 Apr 2013, 7:29 pm

I don't think my autism spectrum diagnosis has any bearing on my political stances. Not in the slightest.


_________________
Yes, I'm still alive.


Fnord
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 6 May 2008
Gender: Male
Posts: 45,606
Location: Stendec

30 Apr 2013, 7:31 pm

thomas81 wrote:
Do you think your autism is partly responsible for pushing you left or right?

No. It has helped me remain rooted in the center.


_________________
*TRE45ON!!*
Lock Him Up!

(Claiming moral equivalency between immoral acts is a null defense.)


CSBurks
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 29 Apr 2012
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Posts: 766

30 Apr 2013, 9:34 pm

Well, I enjoy being left alone, which is also my political stance. So in a way, yes.



Raptor
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 8 Mar 2007
Gender: Male
Posts: 12,694
Location: Southeast U.S.A.

30 Apr 2013, 11:18 pm

Quote:
Has your autism influenced your politics?

I don't think it has.


_________________
“Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”
- William F. Buckley


Master_Pedant
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 14 Mar 2009
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Posts: 4,903

01 May 2013, 3:51 am

Err.... maybe.

It may have produced a sense that the world in injustice, which is the starting point for many reformist ideologies (a lot of which are left-leaning).

Father was a left-populist, tho'.


_________________
http://www.voterocky.org/


John_Browning
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 22 Mar 2009
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Posts: 4,456
Location: The shooting range

01 May 2013, 4:54 am

I'm very constitutionalist conservative (not quite in line with the tea party) so I guess autism didn't affect my political orientation, but it may have a role in the intensity of my views.


_________________
"Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars."
- Unknown

"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
-Sigmund Freud


Tequila
Veteran
Veteran

Joined: 25 Feb 2006
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Posts: 28,897
Location: Lancashire, UK

01 May 2013, 4:59 am

puddingmouse wrote:
I can't abide the likes of the SWP.


The Comrade Delta fiasco?

Even were I left-wing (like you) I'd still hate that band of totalitarians and rape facilitators with a passion.