Political Bubbles

Are You in a Political Bubble? Take the Liberal vs. Conservative Challenge

What political bubble do you live in? Can that bubble be penetrated by new information? Does it truly matter the source of the new information for you to accept it’s validity? There have been many recent studies that correlate the type of social media platforms one chooses to consume, resulting in one’s fixed ideological view. An echo chamber of sorts that only serves to reinforce a fixed political belief. Many people overlap their resources, which results in the perfect cocooned state of bias. If they are exposed to new information from a source outside their echo chamber, they tend to dismiss that information and consider it “Fake News” or a “Conspiracy Theory.” So which bubble do you currently wrap yourself in? What label do you choose along the political spectrum? There are many choices along the political continuum which correlate to a “label” of beliefs and subsequently will align with a specific political party.

Dickinson Political Spectrum

A political party is a mechanism to advance a label’s agenda. Many different labels will vote Republican or Democrat, as for America, there is really only one viable system at present, which is a two-party system. Here is one diagram political spectrum model, Dickinson’s Political Spectrum – but there are others. This diagram (click the inset graphic to enlarge, click here for more detail) shows the proper location of various political groups relative to each other in terms of the important philosophical positions of political ideas. One does need to be careful with labels. Often there are some that try to obfuscate their own views by pretending a label is not them. For example:

  • The majority of conservatives habitually but incorrectly refer to leftists as “liberals.” The term liberal refers to liberty and was first applied in the 18th century to men like John Locke. These 18th-century liberals were lovers of liberty. However, in today’s political discourse, liberal often refers to the left – just be sure to clarify what you mean.
  • The first use of the term “left” in terms of a political group was to describe the people who sat on the left in assemblies during the French Revolution. People with their kind of political thoughts were the modern intellectual ancestors of the groups we now call liberals but should correctly still call leftists. They are the Jacobins, socialists, communists, fascists, NAZIS, Islamists or Islamofascists, tribalists, secular progressives, and Theocrats. All were and are still properly called leftists.
American Political Spectrum

Here in this diagram (click on the inset diagram to enlarge) called the American Political spectrum simplified. Both of these models (Dickinson and American Political Spectrum Simplified) show right vs. left political views on the X-axis and the level of government enforcement on the Y-axis. If you are unsure where you fit on these models, there are some online tests to help you. Pew Research has one – click here. The Political Compass has another – click here. Why not take one of these tests and post your results in the comments section of this article. It will be interesting to see your results and additional comments you may have. Due to the complexity and nuance within the spectrum of political ideologies, we need to challenge ourselves to truly become informed, have understandings of all political persuasions, and above all, be honest about our own ideas.  Here is a step by step, 3-week political challenge for yourself:

  • Identify your political persuasions from the above modems and tests – politically left vs. right (as well the level of government coercion to achieve those political goals).
  • If you are Left, commit to the following social media resources and engage in time frames allotted. Three times a week for the first 15 minutes of each broadcast, watch Fox News, Tucker Carlson, at 8 pm, Hannity at 9 pm, and Laura Ingram at 10 pm.  Additionally, add The Federalist and The Conservative Treehouse to your routine blog views. Do these tasks for a total of three weeks. Note: please review our list of other blog links itemized by political persuasion on our home page.
  • If you are on the Right, commit to the following social media resources, and engage in time frames allotted. Three times a week for the first 15 minutes of each broadcast, watch MSNBC news All in with Chris Hayes at 8 pm, Rachel Maddow Show at 9 pm, and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell at 10 pm. Additionally, add Huffington Post and Politico to your routine blog views. Do these tasks for a total of three weeks. Note: please review our list of other blog links itemized by political persuasion on our home page.
  • This is both an intellectual and emotional exercise – an honor code and honesty will matter. Keep a log of sorts and write down any new information you are exposed to during this exercise. Make two categories: 1.) News facts  and 2.) Opinion statements. Then set out to disprove the news facts and verify the opinions by researching the content. Next to each, finalize your entry by indicating after analysis if you accept the validity of the fact or opinion.
  • When the three weeks are up, review all your notes, and look at the ones you stated you could not validate or accept. If you are identifying as Left, ask yourself if the original fact or opinion had been delivered by your bubble resources, such as Rachel Maddow or NYT’s, if you would have accepted without researching. If identifying Right do the same and ask if Hannity or Rush Limbaugh had been the source, would you have researched validity any further?
  • Finally, while anecdotal, it would be appreciated if you leave a comment below on what insight if any, the challenge afforded you. Include a list of new information you learned or in your view, debunked. If you found the challenge worth your time, please share with others the link., it would be appreciated if you left a comment below on what insight if any the challenge afforded you. Include a list of new information you learned or in your view, debunked. If you found the challenge worth your time, please share with others the link.

Right Wire Report sincerely hopes no matter what your political persuasions are, that you will be at least informed and honest about it. Then take actions accordingly to ensure this. We trust this post was helpful in doing so.

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Written by Bekah Lyons

"The simple step of a courageous individual is to not take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I was born and raised in the enigma known as "The Big Easy." There, rooted along the banks of the great Mississippi River between the creeping bayou and Lake Pontchartrain, I was conscripted on all things pertaining to human nature.  I am the quintessential southern woman, that is to say, I defy most could never accurately define what that label truly represents.  Brined below sea level where one respects; the haunts lingering about, the force of storm surge, the ethos of Mardi Gras, and the sanctity of generational family-I know what it is to belong to an organically diverse culture.

Early on in life, my career path serpentined and led to brief stints of living abroad in Europe as I indulged my passions for painting, musical theater, and the culinary arts. My young experiences evolved my purpose and honed my intuitive skills and I became a Medical Professional specializing in mental health with a focus on child/adolescent needs. After living decades in NOLA, and after hurricane  Katrina unearthed the realities of modern-day inner cities, I made the pivotal decision to relocate to where my family and I spent our summers in a quest to find security and civility in my life.

High up on one of the "grandfather mountains" I now perch in a Smoky mountain community in East Tennessee. Although, I would not trade my formative years in Louisiana, unfortunately,  that era of  America  is  no longer obtainable in the times we live - changing course was the best decision "Evah!"

I am a warrior  for freedom and truth , steeped in my ancestral history ,I am constantly reminded that stillness and introspection expands the mind and heart to possess a more nuanced understanding of all things in our internal and external world. We are all destined to bash ourselves against the rotted cultural rocks of humanity's unraveling until we recognize that a shared moral tone is essential for a free society. A healthy culture is one comprised of many unique people who offer shading and depth to the experience of living, yet all choose to accept basic truths that bind us all together-a societal moral tone. Intolerance  , censorship, intersectionality, cancel culture, apathy ,and ignorance will only groom oppression and tyranny.  Critical thought, differentiation, and dissent is your individual right granted not by government -and must always be protected, championed, and defended.

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