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Test Your True Political Leanings

Discussion in 'Legal' started by ReadyontheRight, Jan 6, 2003.

  1. ReadyontheRight

    ReadyontheRight Well-Known Member

  2. Zander

    Zander member

    We've put together a fine group then.

    Although this test never fails to aggravate me with the way it is worded, it's accurate in describing my political stance.

    The fun part is being offered such authors as Rand, Hayek and Friedman because their works are compatible with my thinking.

    Or is it the other way around...:cool:
  3. MacPelto

    MacPelto Well-Known Member

    Interesting...middle/right economically, waaay libertarian.

    Nobody of note listed in my neck of the woods.
  4. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member


    Pretty centrist.
  5. Greg L

    Greg L Well-Known Member

    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: 3.38
    Authoritarian/Libertarian: -1.74

    Who was Charles Kennedy in 1996? He was the nearest to me. Some of those questions needed either different wording or other allowable answers.

  6. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

  7. MikeK

    MikeK Well-Known Member

    Almost dead center economically, definite Libertarian politically.
  8. Daniel T

    Daniel T Well-Known Member

    Economic Left/Right: 2.38
    Authoritarian/Libertarian: -4.41

    Yup, pretty much what I thought.
  9. ReadyontheRight

    ReadyontheRight Well-Known Member

    Zak -- I test right up there by you on the libertarian test. I do think that one's a little biased, but it's biased the way I like it.

  10. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    Dead center both ways (less than half-a-point in it). Moderate me!!! Must be why they made me a moderator... :D
  11. coati

    coati Active Member

    I wish I could hit the x ring that well.
  12. Zander

    Zander member

    Thanks, Zak...I'm on the border between Libertarian and Right Conservative. What a surprise...LOL!
  13. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

    To my defense, I think it "dinged" me a couple times (ie, away from total freedom) because of context or special cases. For example, I think a country may want to retain some ability to produce food, or have some oil stashed away, or have factories that could produce weapons for strategic purposes, i.e.- to retain the ability to wage war, should it have to in self-defense.

  14. Flying V

    Flying V Well-Known Member

    Left/Right 0.13
    Authoritarian/Libertarian -6.72
  15. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    Economic Left/Right: -2.25
    Authoritarian/Libertarian: -1.69
  16. Monkeyleg

    Monkeyleg Well-Known Member

    Hmmm. I'm going to have to send this to all my friends who think I'm a right-wing extremist: my chart.
  17. ReadyontheRight

    ReadyontheRight Well-Known Member

    This was written in the UK in the 90s. I wonder where some of our Democrats like Gephardt, Daschle, Clintons, etc. would test?
    If they answered truthfully -- based on how they vote, they would be right up there with Stalin, if they answer how they campaign, they all sound like Ghandi (have you driven a good Indian car lately?).

    I'm thinking most politicians couldn't even take the test since you have to actually take a stand and answer the questions.
  18. nualle

    nualle Well-Known Member

    Last April, someone started a discussion on this quiz on TFL.

    In the intervening 8 months or so, I haven't changed my Econ score noticeably, but I've moved a point and a half toward Libertarian.

    Then Now
    Econ L/R = -4.88 -4.75
    Auth/Lib = -5.69 -7.18

    I think it may be time to become a card-carrying Anarchist (...if I can just find where I put that cool anarchist clip-art).
  19. pax

    pax Well-Known Member

    Some of those questions were unanswerable, because they assumed things that I am not willing to stipulate or because the terms were poorly defined or because they required the test taker to rank in importance two things that were not in conflict, or two things neither of which should have been in the equation to begin with.

    An illustration:
    Note that both alternatives start with the word "control." How can I answer that?

    Another illustration:
    What are they 'troubled' by? By the death of a loved one? By a seasonal affective disorder? By schizophrenia? By general malaise? Lest you think I am being nit-picky, let me point out that each one of these has a different cause and thus would have a different solution.

    Here's another one:
    I do believe that sex before marriage is always a sin. So? Apparently, my believing so means that I would pass laws to forbid it. Not only would I not do so, I do not have words strong enough to express my disdain for such a monumentally stupid idea. So how am I supposed to answer that question, in order to make the poll results valid?


    Big surprise -- I'm a libertarian. If anyone on this board didn't know that already, it's only because you haven't been paying attention ... :D


    But, pardon me, sublime writers, who stop at nothing, not even at contradictions. -- Frédéric Bastiat
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2003
  20. Zander

    Zander member

    We're in complete agreement.

    Here's an interesting exercise:

    How would we reword what we consider to be the most egregious questions?

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