Where do you fall on the Political Compass?

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  1. Imported

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    carolinacurious: This one has been all over the blogosphere and I really figured it was old news until I saw TAG's political test posting. I have a LOT of problems with that test although it's fine as entertainment. I've also hesitated to post it because of the last site I posted my results on, I was so outside the average of the site that it was used as a cudgel against me from that moment on.

    I've always been a bit suspicious of any of these tests. There was a famous Libertarian one years ago (and is probably still floating around) that had almost everyone who took it being libertarian.

    This test isn't perfect either, although I do agree with what Freddie was saying on the other thread in that the WAY you interpret some of the difficult to interpret questions says something about you as well; I just don't think that other test is done well enough for this to come into play.

    Anyway, many people have taken this one, you can google "political compass" and find all matter of discussion and info about it. It was really hot before the election, I see that they've updated the site; back then it was pretty interesting to see just how close GW and Kerry were (Kerry isn't on it anymore)[EDIT: actually it is still there just in a different place, I'd link to it but it's easy enough to find and it's important that you take the test before you know too much about the way that it is scored.] . Anyway, it's a cool test - should be good for some discussion around here and it's also a pretty cool website as well. Hope you find reading all this to be worth it.

    Anyway: the test >> http://politicalcompass.org/

    my results:

    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -6.38
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.64
     
  2. Pecker

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    Economic Left/Right: 2.25
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian 0.82

    Believe it or not, my spot on the graph nearly matches Gerhard Schroder.
     
  3. prepstudinsc

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    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: 6.63
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.82



    My Economic right/left was close to (uh oh!) George W. Bush and Margaret Thatcher and my Social Libertarian/Authoritarian was close to Gerhard Schroder.
     
  4. Onslow

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    a -2.25 Economic left/right and a .87 Libertarian/authoritarian

    It says I'm similar to (yipes) STALIN :eek: . Who knew?
     
  5. Imported

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    orionsword57: Economic Left/Right: -1.63
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.21

    Much better test than the other one(s)!
     
  6. Sam1070

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    Economic left/right: -3.50

    Social Libertarian/
    Authoritarian -5.13
     
  7. Dr Rock

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    Economic Left/Right: -6.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -9.03

    I'm sure it all means SOMETHING...
     
  8. D_Barbi_Queue

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    Economic Left/Right: -1.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.46

    damn, I'm pretty close to the middle.
     
  9. Imported

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    carolinacurious:
    Well if nothing else, it means you are the first person I've ever seen to land further down in that left hand quadrant than me...

    But you're in the CORRECT quadrant! Here with ME and Dr. Rock and also with those other guys, yanno, Ghandi and the Dalai Lama! (and Sam and Orionsword) Now doesn't that feel better than to be up there next to George Bush and John Kerry?

    Glad to see you took the test, sorry if it seemed like I was stealing your thunder.
     
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    I didn't think you were stealing my thunder at all. I loved it. I'm actually about to try to steal it back with an IQ test though....ha/ha. Kidding - I'm not in a competition. I ran across the IQ site a while back and with all the IQ/political talk going on, thought I should post it for the hell of it.

    My political test was put up more for a quick fun on, but yours is more in-depth and most likely a better assessment. I like that, and I especially like that I'm no so right or left winged. I like being near the middle. Somehow I feel like I then am the type of person that takes each issue for what it is, instead of what party backs it up.
     
  11. Pappy

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    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -5.13
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.28


    If I'm reading the charts right, I'm right on course with Gandhi.
     
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    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -3.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.46
     
  13. BruceSter

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    I'm a right libertrarian, but just slightly off the center of the scales.

    Bruce
     
  14. major_7

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    Economic Left/Right: -4.13
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.72

    You and me, Pappy
     
  15. madame_zora

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    That was an interesting test, thanks for posting.

    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -5.63
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.51


    Looks like I'm hanging out with Gandhi too.
     
  16. Pappy

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    Major7, Jana, all I can say is great minds think alike....LOL
     
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    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: 6.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.36

    Apparently I'm not too far from Milton Friedman, which I will acknowledge as being more true than false. However, the ratings of the various world leaders are absurdly inaccurate, and in a few cases, offensive. But overall it was an interesting test.
     
  18. Imported

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    ravenously: economic Left/ Right : - 7.38

    social libertine/ authoritarian : - 5.13


    Yeah, I'm hanging w/ Pappy, Jana, Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, and Mandela!

    Not a bad group to be assiociated w/ :D
     
  19. mindseye

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    Eh, I mapped just a hair's breadth south of the Dalai Lama myself, but the test itself was poorly formed:
    • Some of the question stems involved double-negation already. Example: "I would not wish to send my child to a school that did not instill religious values." I marked "strongly disagree", but thinking about what that means made my head hurt a little.
    • Some of the question stems were leading. Example: "Taxpayers should not be expected to prop up any theatres or museums that cannot survive on a commercial basis." The phrase 'prop up' biases this stem because it suggests a state of disrepair and instability that may not exist. Are we "propping up" the Smithsonian or the Library of Congress?
    • Some of the question stems force a false choice. Example: "Mothers may have careers, but their first duty is to be homemakers." Suppose that I believed this to be true of both fathers and mothers? Do I agree or disagree with the statement?
    In short, I'm glad to see the kinds of discussion these tests are prompting, but I think the results are suspect. Which is good, because otherwise I'd weep to see where some of you are falling. :unsure:
     
  20. jonb

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    Economic Left/Right: -8.13
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.13

    Right up there with Gandhi and Mandela.
     
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