Saturday, May 14, 2005

I'd like to think I'm enterprising...
Like Dave, the Pew Typology Test has pegged me as an enterpriser:

As in previous studies conducted in 1987, 1994 and 1999, this extremely partisan Republican group's politics are driven by a belief in the free enterprise system and social values that reflect a conservative agenda. Enterprisers are also the strongest backers of an assertive foreign policy, which includes nearly unanimous support for the war in Iraq and strong support for such anti-terrorism efforts as the Patriot Act.
I suppose that's not terribly surprising to any of my regular readers.


Richard said...

Probably won't surprise you that the survey pegs me as a Liberal. It leaves me wondering what Pew considers a liberal.

I do find this part of the description interesting "MEDIA USE: Liberals are second only to Enterprisers in following news about government and public affairs most of the time (60%). Liberals' use of the internet to get news is the highest among all groups (37%). "

That would indicate to me that Liberals and Enterprisers are the most inteterested in politics.

This is a forced-choice value survey with an extremely limited set of values questioned. I notice that there is not a set of questions that go to the values of labor or union support. I would find it a lot more useful if it did. It is all morals/economic/military force vs. diplomacy.

I regret that it does not ask about prior military service. Those of us who are vets might surprise a lot of people.

Thanks for posting this, Brian.


By the way, I responded to your comment on my blog and blogger ate my response. It was lengthy, so unless you are interested in my opinion, I'm not going to recreate it.

Richard said...

Oh, yeah. Pew's definition of "Enterprising" probably is based primarily on the objection to government regulation of business.

Personally, I think that businesses do best when they focus on a particular product/market and work to out-perform the competition. The problem is that individual decision-makers develop either a specific product/market focus, or they develop a broader and more general social/market focus.

Herbert A. Simon's concept of "Bounded Rationality" would imply that some decision-makers take one focus while others take the other. The organizational structure of the economy that coordinates those two types of limitations would suggest that you have two different kinds of organization. One focuses on the very specific product/market, and the other sets rules that limit the freedom of action of the product/market focused organizations.

The analogy is to modern object-oriented computer programming methods. People who want to eliminate government regulation of business are essentially trying to take our extremely complex economy and society back to the days of spaghetti code.

Because of these concepts, I think that government regulation of business is required to limit the options of business to compete by externalizing their costs (throwing waste into the environment, forcing labor to take on all the costs of industrial accidents, etc.) and using government-given monopolies.

The problem will always be how to set necessary regulations that allow the businesses (comparable to computer data objects) to have maximum flexibility within which to operate and compete in the product market, while keeping those businesses from stepping outside their boundaries and messing over other operations.

You will note that this is almost a definition of the Java programming language. Economics works the same way. We just don't have standard setting groups in economics which are as effective as those in programming. But that is because programming is so very much more simple.

So within these definitions I consider myself "Entrepreneurial" rather than "Enterprising." But that's probably just my MBA with a strategic management focus together with my programming and additional courses talking.

Richard said...

Brian, you need a "Send Email" line on your sidebar. Come to think of it, so do I.

But I want your opinion on my comment regarding the constitutionality of the "Nuclear Option" and the elimination of the filibuster here. I also posted it on dKos as a diary here.

Oddly enough, I value your opinion.

RFTR said...

I do have an email link. It's at the top of the sidebar. It's been there for as long as I've had the blog. It says "Email Me."

So, if you want, use it.