I am fascinated by our current political climate where simply stating your opinion can dramatically change how the people around you view you as a person. I know people in my own life who have pushed themselves away from me because they found out I had certain political or personal beliefs and they were so against my own ideas they didn't even want to discuss them. I am wondering how this has come about, or openly wondering if it wasn't always this way. In that effort, I'd love to hear more about Voat's political leanings and, perhaps most importantly, how you came to hold those opinions or beliefs.
EDIT: Bonus upvoat if you suggest an author, political blogger or other source that has influenced you.
EDIT 2: Authors: Aristotle, Plato, Wittgenstein, Kant, Niche, Hume, Russell, Huxley and... Douglas Adams... yes, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, specifically this section of "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" which talks about a new society (of morons) developing currency.
Comedians: Hicks, Louis C.K., Carlin
EDIT 3: I'd love to turn off downvoating in this thread if I could, as all I've asked is for Voaters to share. If you want to downvoat, try responding with the reasons why you wanted to downvoat them instead.