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Economic Left/Right: -7.12

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.36

I'm getting lefter and lefter all the time!

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Reality has a progressive bias, its even in our DNA however distasteful - kinda like knowing we have monkeys for ancestors or learning our grandparents also had sex for fun.

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For me. It's

Economic Left/Right: 0.88

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.62

I'm near Gerard Schroder

Perhaps we should call you Big Pink-O Machine :P

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Communism can, and in some real world examples, has adopt a number of human rights although obviously not all. A guarantee of food, lodging and/or access to health care come to mind.

The same is true of Nazism, and it is applied in the same way (i.e. selectively).

Actually, I'd dispute that, as Nazism (Fascism), by design would NEVER guarantee food, lodging and/or access to health care to all people (considering that under their ideology, some people wouldn't be counted as human at all), whereas a Communist society could, and in some historical cases HAVE provided the some, if not all, of the above for ALL citizens. In other words, not selectively. :)

State-sanctioned bigotry, once again, has not historically been limited to Fascists and Communists. It was sanctioned in most of the Western world until slavery was abolished, and sexism was rampant until women gained the right to vote (I KNOW this is an oversimplification of the Women's Movement, but that's just tangential to this conversation).

I guess we'll just have to disagree on this one. I see a huge gulf in the underlying philosophical roots of the two ideologies, which puts them both on the edge, but not necessarily the same edge.

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a Communist society could, and in some historical cases HAVE provided the some, if not all, of the above for ALL citizens. In other words, not selectively.

Only after they had executed class enemies and so forth. So in that case, you are right, they did provide for everyone - but only after they had murdered everyone they did not feel they should have to provide for. Much like Nazism.

State-sanctioned bigotry, once again, has not historically been limited to Fascists and Communists.

I did not say it was. But they share it, and in much the same way. For instance, just as 19th Century American democracy held that women were unequal, and that blacks could be enslaved, it remained that you could not kill women or blacks with impunity. Neither was it the case that all blacks were slaves. But for Nazis and Communists, all Jews/Class Enemies are subhuman. None can ever be accepted in society, and not only is killing them acceptable, it is endorsed and carried out en masse by the State itself.

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An interesting test August. As a general guide it is interesting, but why would they put Thatcher so close to Hitler on the libertarian/authoritarian spectrum? Seems a little harsh (to Thatcher, not Hitler :lol: ). I also thought Hitler would be to the left on collectivism.

Myself? :huh:

Economic Left/Right: -4.00

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.59

According to this, I am a little more economically right and a little more authoritarian than I thought.

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Given the chicken poll elsewhere, I thought it would be time to bring this thread to the top again for the new posters.

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.

Political Compass Test

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Very interesting test. Much more insightful then simply looking at a left/right scale.

Economic Left/Right: -3.75

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.72

Looking at the graph I don't really seem to be sitting too far off centre.

Thanks for the link August1991

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You're all a bunch of communists!

Economic Left/Right: 10.00

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.28

Anyway, this test is pretty useless. The guy hasn't done his research. According to his "international chart" he can't think of anybody who's a libertarian capitalist, which should be easy: David Friedman, Alan Greenspan, Lew Rockwell, Michael Badnarik, Penn Jillette, Howard Stern, Kurt Russell, Tom Selleck, Ted Nugent, John Popper.

He also doesn't realise that economic and political control or liberty are linked. For instance, you might have ostensible political freedom, but if the state owns all printing presses, radio stations and TV networks, you won't have freedom of speech. Thus, the top-right and bottom-left quadrants of his graph should be cut down to half their size. I would propose that he go even further and acknowledge that any extreme-left regime has to be considerably above the political baseline, and any extreme-right society considerably below it.

Good effort, though.

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Economic Left/Right: 9.12

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 8.46

Hmmm......I think I'm grown more Conservative since the last time I took this test B)

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Economic Left/Right: 5.88

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 3.4

I am stil not too sure of the test. It is necessary to give answers, often, that one would not agree with. Many questions raise more questions about the question.

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Eureka is right. In fact I think both tests suck. Anyway, my results:

Economic Left/Right: -1.38

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 4.62

That's my result considering Canada's political framework

Economic Left/Right: 1.38

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 8.10

That's my result if I'm considering a third world country's political framework.

Politopia:

SW- You would feel most at home in the Southwest region You advocate a large degree of personal freedom and a large degree of government control over the economy. Your neighbors include such folks as Jesse Jackson, Ralph Nader, Hillary Clinton, and Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, and may refer to themselves as "liberals," "left-wing liberals," "civil libertarians," "democratic socialists," "egalitarians," or "anarcho-socialists."

My problem with this tests is that I don't want the government to intervene in people's lives, but I do want it to strongly suggest through advertising/PR campaigns how people should act. For instance I would like all drugs made legal but the government to absolutely condemn their use as not only bad for your health, but morally wrong, the same with sex outside marriage and abortion.

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