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Political Compass

By ProtiusX ·

This is an interesting site. I visited it about a year ago and again today. The questions have changed but my result is still the same. I scored a 5.52 to the right and 1.18 up so I am in the Conservative Authoritarian quadrant. Go figure. I hope you will take the test and post your results. We did this at our office last year and plotted everyones results. What's interesting is that you think you know someone and all of a sudden they come out something totally different than what you expected.

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As i expected

by PokerJohn In reply to Political Compass

i showed up a little to the right and a little to the libertarian.
2.00 / -1.08

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Okay - I'll play - but take the test BEFORE reading my reply

by maxwell edison In reply to Political Compass

Economic Left/Right: 4.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.31

However, I didn't agree with the premise of many questions, so I'm not sure how they are "scored"; and some questions didn't have my preferred answer.

For example:

Q: No one can feel naturally homosexual.

A: How in the **** should I know? I only know how I can feel.

Q: Charity is better than social security as a means of helping the genuinely disadvantaged.

A: But Social Security, as we know it, is much more than that.

Q: It is a waste of time to try to rehabilitate some criminals.

A: Well sure it is; but it's not a waste of time to try to rehabilitate some other criminals.

Q: Abstract art that doesn't represent anything shouldn't be considered art at all.

A: Well, it depends on the piece you're talking about.

Q: Although the electronic age makes official surveillance easier, only wrongdoers need to be worried.

A: It depends on how it's used.

Q: A significant advantage of a one-party state is that it avoids all the arguments that delay progress in a democratic political system.

A: The premise of the question implies that there may be advantages to a one-party state.

Q: Our civil liberties are being excessively curbed in the name of counter-terrorism.

A: Maybe yes, maybe no. Give me an example.

Q: No broadcasting institution, however independent its content, should receive public funding.

A: It depends. In the case of Armed Forces Radio, of course it should receive public funding. In the case of PBS, absolutely not.

Q: When you are troubled, it's better not to think about it, but to keep busy with more cheerful things.

A: It depends.....Gee, I'm "troubled" about sinking in this quicksand.....but don't worry, be happy.

Q: The rich are too highly taxed.

A: Define "the rich", define a benchmark, and define the purpose of the tax.

Q: The only social responsibility of a company should be to deliver a profit to its shareholders.

A. Profits have nothing to do with social responsibility. Profits are related to economic responsibility. And do ALL companies have the same amount of social responsibility? It depends on what the produce.

Q: It is regrettable that many personal fortunes are made by people who simply manipulate money and contribute nothing to their society.

A: Are they talking about people who "cook the books" or counterfeit, or people who succeed in the stock market?

Q: Protectionism is sometimes necessary in trade.

A: Are they talking about the trade of intercontinental ballistic missile technology or golf balls?

Q: Land shouldn't be a commodity to be bought and sold.

A: What land are they talking about? Yellowstone National Park or my house?

Q: It's a sad reflection on our society that something as basic as drinking water is now a bottled, branded consumer product.

A: But whether or not a person buys it is a matter of choice.

Q: Because corporations cannot be trusted to voluntarily protect the environment, they require regulation.

A: Not all corporations are created equal. And the wording of the question presumes than NO corporation can be "trusted" to voluntarily protect the environment. Moreover, define "protect the environment".

Okay, so I'm being Mr. Particular.

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Thanks for publishing the questions

by DC_GUY In reply to Okay - I'll play - but ta ...

My corporate filter blocked the website. This is an incredibly complicated version of the ten-question Libertarian Quiz. It looks like an overly politicized version of the Meyers-Briggs. I don't have a copy of the Libertarian Quiz handy, but the questions are simpler and the scoring quadrants are the same. There are five questions about economic libery and five questions about personal liberty. I remember a few.

"Israel, Egypt, and all countries should pay for their own defense." "Peaceful people should be allowed to immigrate and emigrate freely." "A war that cannot be fought without conscription should not be fought." It's a lot easier to take, requires less hair-splitting, and yields the same results. Conservative, Authoritarian, Left-Liberal, Libertarian.

After all you might just happen to love gay people but not certain other minorities.

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This is only a sample

by maxwell edison In reply to Thanks for publishing the ...

There were probably 30 in all. Would you like them all posted?

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Loaded questions

by TheChas In reply to Okay - I'll play - but ta ...

I agree Max.

The questions and options are more than a bit loaded.

As I continue to think about my results, I wonder just how many of the questions triggered my score.


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The problem is

by PokerJohn In reply to Okay - I'll play - but ta ...

exactly what Maxwell says. Examples:

Q: The rich are too highly taxed.

A: Define "the rich", define a benchmark, and define the purpose
of the tax.

My Comment: If you lean way to the left you will say yes. If you
lean way to the right you will say no. But most people will need
to ask the questions as Maxwell did. But in this "test" you are
forced to make a decision.

Q: It is a waste of time to try to rehabilitate some criminals.

A: Well sure it is; but it's not a waste of time to try to rehabilitate
some other criminals.

My Comment: Again Maxwell is correct, but again you are
forced to decide what word is the most important, "rehabilitate"
or "some". A better question might have been; "For violent
criminals, is prison for rehabilitation or punishment"


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Just answer the questions as best you can

by neilb@uk In reply to The problem is

If you want to second-guess or interpret or ***** about ambiguity or bias then just don't do the quiz. Or maybe write your own.

You posted your own answers to the questions you said you couldn't answer.

Q. The rich are too highly taxed.

Which way do you lean? Make a decision - define rich by your own criteria and make a bloody decision.

Q. It is a waste of time to try to rehabilitate some criminals.

You obviously agree - the key word is "some" so all you have tro work out is whether you agree "strongly".

Maxwell is NOT right (at least about the quiz). He is so far not right that it's amazing.

Read what the site says about itself:

"But it's important to realise that this isn't a survey, and these aren't questions. They're propositions - an altogether different proposition. To question the logic of individual ones that irritate you is to miss the point. Some propositions are extreme, and some are more moderate. That's how we can show you whether you lean towards extremism or moderation on the Compass.

Some of the propositions are intentionally vague. Their purpose is to trigger buzzwords in the mind of the user, measuring feelings and prejudices rather than detailed opinions on policy.

Incidentally, our test is not another internet personality classification tool. The essence of our site is the model for political analysis. The test is simply a demonstration of it."

Anyway, it's just a bit of fun.

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I find myself slap bang on Gandhi's spot

by neilb@uk In reply to Political Compass

I can live with that

Thanks for that, Protius


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just curious...

by PokerJohn In reply to I find myself slap bang o ...

...where are you from? And where do you live now?


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London for most of my life

by neilb@uk In reply to just curious...

I was born and raised in a small town in the UK Midlands. Pretty much working class origins, father was a miner and then a metal worker.

I was educated at Grammar School and then a good university. I have a science degree and worked in the National Health Service for most of the time since and that tends to colour my thinking. Lived in London for 20 years plus - always South of the River - though that won't mean a lot here!

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