The Web Development Community and Political Ideology
One of his posts lamented how he believes socialism is a disincentive for creativity. Out of curiosity, I read a few of the comments, and I was intrigued at the number of comments by those who lean to the left of center ideologically. A clear majority of the comment posters disagreed with Joe's argument, and a couple of them even quoted icons like Karl Marx and Noam Chomsky.
This question has nagged at me for a few years now, and Joe's blog brought it to the surface once more. I really don't want to argue politics or ideologies, or the merits or faults of one side or the other. What I want to know is this: Why does it seem that such a majority of web developers/designers are more sympathetic with the views of the left, as opposed to those of the right? In your opinion, what are the correlations between ideology and professional web development?
I'll start it off...
I'm a far right-leaning conservative (hence my curiosity!). I don't exactly know why I am, except that I have such a clear sense of right and wrong that I really do see most things in black and white. I find it strange when others attempt to disparage my views due to their simplicity, but only because I take pride in the fact that my ideological views are so simple.
So while I'm completely aware that my line of work is not black-and-white in itself, I chose it because I consider my own work to be at its best when it follows the rules and styles I've assembled for myself over time.
More practically, I also know that I want to own my own business someday, and the thought of our litigious American society (due to the "it's never my fault..." mentality), high taxes, and government limiting my freedoms really rubs me the wrong way. So much so that I often wonder if it's worth starting a business in the first place.
What do you think?
Do you think your ideological views play into your decision to work as a web professional? Do you think it's the other way around?