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I mean in comparison to most here. According to the chart, I'm very much a moderate.

I'm apparently very right wing economically.

It seems to depend on whatever Haper's gov't comes up with at the time...

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It seems to depend on whatever Haper's gov't comes up with at the time...

Yes, that's why I've spent the last few days criticizing them for their military record post 2008, and their continued idiotic stance on drugs. That's why I campaigned against Harper in 2006 in favour of Paul Martin.

We're not all as partisan as you.

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The two-axis idea is good but the chart is calibrated very poorly, in my opinion. By their own standards, whereby the chart should map every ideological viewpoint that has ever been held, extreme left should be total collectivism and extreme right should be extreme economic libertarianism. Thus, someone who believes in e.g. a Nordic-style mixed economy and social democracy should fall right in the centre. The vast majority of the current Western world would be right of centre. No one should really be left of centre unless they are fairly supportive of some significant degree of collective ownership of the means of production. They actually recognize this when they map current politicians and parties. However, anyone with even moderately liberal views ends up in the bottom left quadrant; the world does not contain that many anarcho-syndicalists! I basically add 5 to everyone's left/right score and 2 to everyone's tom/bottom score. There used to be a Hans Eysenck Political Attitude test online that was much better; can't find it now though.

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The two-axis idea is good but the chart is calibrated very poorly, in my opinion. By their own standards, whereby the chart should map every ideological viewpoint that has ever been held, extreme left should be total collectivism and extreme right should be extreme economic libertarianism.

I've always felt there was an axis missing and that the model should be more three dimensional - one that measures capacities/propensities/ for skeptical critical thinking or suspending disbelief - believing or eschewing the supernatural and the morality, ethics and principles derived. It's a missing more fundamental and foundational dimension that would better flesh out the other two. Who knows what might be derived from a model that could be turned around and observed from different angles? Maybe just a niftier graphic but maybe some different insights about where our personal politics comes from and how these combine to form our collective politics.

In any case...

Economic Left/Right: -5.88

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.56

Edited by eyeball

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I've always felt there was an axis missing and that the model should be more three dimensional - one that measures capacities/propensities/ for skeptical critical thinking or suspending disbelief - believing or eschewing the supernatural and the morality, ethics and principles derived. It's a missing more fundamental and foundational dimension that would better flesh out the other two. Who knows what might be derived from a model that could be turned around and observed from different angles? Maybe just a niftier graphic but maybe some different insights about where our personal politics comes from and how these combine to form our collective politics.

In any case...

Economic Left/Right: -5.88

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.56

The Eysenck-based test that I mentioned had three axes: "radicalism", "tender-mindedness", and "socialism". The issue of scepticism vs traditionalism and religion is accounted for in the first ® axis.

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My mood easily changes things:

Your Political Compass

Economic Left/Right: -0.88

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.08

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Here's where I am today:

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Here's where I was in 2011:

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Looks like over time I'm slowly getting less right wing but more libertarian.

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I think the graph must be moving steadily in a NE direction.

I'm probably located where one of the o's in the word "Look" is in the post above yours relative to past scores I've had.

Edited by eyeball

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Bump.

I really should update the graph.

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With all the new posters on this forum, it's time to bring this thread to the top again.

New here? Click and do the test below. It's fun and takes about five minutes.

Then post your results (Economic Left/Right) and (Social Libertarian/Authoritarian) in this thread.

The Political Compass Test in this thread's OP seems to pose good, irritating questions. If you want to know what others (your friends or acquaintances) think of you - it's a good first start.

For example, try the test (alone or together) with a new potential girlfriend or boyfriend. Later, compare scores, and answers - but make sure your potential partner understands English, and the moral/political implications of the questions.

Me, now:

Economic Left/Right: 6.5 
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.05

Edited by August1991

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According to the test I am both more left and more libertarian than you are.   I'm not even sure what I'm supposed to believe, based on those labels.   :(    There were a few answers I had to 'lie' about because there wasn't an option for "could care less, really".

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My results from June 2005 (way back in this thread): Economic Left/Right: -5.63; Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.51.

April 2008: Economic Left/Right: -4.38; Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.54.

Today: Economic Left/Right: -6.5; Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.62.

Edited to add: it was fun to scroll through this thread and see who is still here! 

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Edited by Melanie_

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Here you go:

Economic Left/Right: -4.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.33

personalised chart

But of course far more important is how stupid many of the test questions are. How am I supposed answer a question on Luck and have it mean anything, perhaps they should include a question on Santa Clause. What about the question of work life balance for a mother, why not a similar question for a father?

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Just now, ?Impact said:

Here you go:

Economic Left/Right: -4.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.33

personalised chart

But of course far more important is how stupid many of the test questions are. How am I supposed answer a question on luck and have it mean anything, perhaps they should include a question on Santa Claus. What about the question of work life balance for a mother, why not a similar question for a father? I would say at least 20% of the questions were themselves highly questionable, that would certainly skew the results.

 

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On 3/17/2017 at 3:53 PM, ?Impact said:

But of course far more important is how stupid many of the test questions are.....

I fundamentally disagree.

While I disagree with many implied answers to questions, the test questions are not stupid.

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Such attempts to categorize people into neat little boxes inevitably becomes a grotesque oversimplification.

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Bump.

I really should update the graph.

=====

With all the new posters on this forum (eg Cum Laude), it's time to bring this thread to the top again.

New here? Click and do the test below. It's fun and takes about five minutes.

Then post your results (Economic Left/Right) and (Social Libertarian/Authoritarian) in this thread.

The Political Compass Test in this thread's OP seems to pose good, irritating questions. If you want to know what others (your friends or acquaintances) think of you - it's a good first start.

For example, try the test (alone or together) with a new potential girlfriend or boyfriend. Later, compare scores, and answers - but make sure your potential partner understands English, and the moral/political implications of the questions.

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On 3/18/2017 at 8:37 PM, OftenWrong said:

Such attempts to categorize people into neat little boxes inevitably becomes a grotesque oversimplification.

And yet in every category a left winger is simply...Pol Pot or Stalin incarnate.

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2 hours ago, eyeball said:

And yet in every category a left winger is simply...Pol Pot or Stalin incarnate.

And every right winger is Adolf Hitler... or Donald Trump.

.....

If I could create a new Political Compass test, it would add a third dimension: language/culture/ethnic group.

IMHO, the current test is naively Anglo-American.

Nevertheless, it's a very good test:

Try it!

 

Edited by August1991

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Economic: Left/Right: -1.13

Social: Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.26

I guess that pretty sums up where my political affiliations lie....

I find the eay some of these questions are asked really stupid. 

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