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The Political Compass

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Joe Demko, Mar 31, 2004.

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  1. Joe Demko

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    There are substantial numbers of people who believe that a simple left-right dichotomy is an inadequate descriptor for political beliefs.

    Take this test which uses a more complex analysis and you might be a bit surprised to find out where you fall in the political spectrum. According to the test I am a slightly leftist libertarian.
     
  2. CannibalCrowley

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    This test is similar to a few others that are floating around. As usual I'm a slight economic right (1.88) and a slight social libertarian (-1.95).
     
  3. Langenator

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    I ended up almost co-located with Milton Friedman. Not bad company at all.

    Economic Right 6.88/Social Right -0.62
     
  4. 7.62FullMetalJacket

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    I am Milton Friedman. Well, I pretty much scored the same.

    I think the test is skewed toward unanswerable questions. Phrasing is left of center and difficult to answer in many cases.

    This is leftist bait for the supposed right wing religious fanatic. However, true justice starts somewhere. How is this answered? Does it imply a fair and impartial trial? Proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt?

    Another bait question. "Sometimes" should never be used in this type of quiz. "All" or "never" would be far more concise. I am not for protectionism, b ut there are times when it may be necessary. The US does not run foreign economies and there may be "economic terrorists" that will require protectionist policies. On the whole, free trade should rule.

    OK, I give, I do not want to analyze the entire thing.
     
  5. Joe Demko

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    From the Political Compass FAQ:
     
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    Yeah, some of the questions did seem kind of skewed, mostly toward a leftist point of view. But then again, given my political bent, I tend to notice bends to the left more than to the right.

    Also, note that there's link about "The Extreme Right" but no corresponding one for "The Extreme Left."
     
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    The link about the "extreme right" also addresses the issue of the "extreme left."
     
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    Thanks for the "gentle reminder" Golgo-13. I never read the instructions. :cool:
     
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    I'm a right-wing libertarian! :D

    Obviously a rare breed.......... :evil:
     
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    I'm going to venture a guess that the vast majority on this board fall somewhere between Doctor Friedman and the Anarchists.
     
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    Interesting... I scored dead center on the graph! Moderate me... :D
     
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    economic right 7.38/authoritarian3.33. Capitalism RULES:D
    It allows me to buy more firearms:neener:
     
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    Economic Left/Right: 0.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.10

    I've taken this test (and similar ones) before , and generally come out mid-way between centre and libertanarian, and either slightly left/right depending on how the questions are phrased (and how I interpreted them at the time).
     
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    US Political Candidates

    At the bottom of the Analysis is the ranking of the candidates for 2004. Interesting indeed.

    BTW, I'm an Econ 1.38, and a Libertarian -5.03. Smash State! :p
     
  15. StudentoftheGun

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    Not buying it

    They can say that it is not "slanted" to the left all they want. The truth is that is simply IS slanted to the left. Am I the only one who noticed the absence of a question dealing with one's feelings about firearms? I would imagine that firearms would determine one's "polarization" as accurately as any of those other questions. I wonder why it is excluded...

    I took the test and my score mirrored that of John Kerry's. Folks, I am about as right wings as it gets. My political party is the Constitution Party. Sorry, but I am just not buying that this is accurate. I think it is simply a ploy, designed to convince us that we are actually more liberal than we think we are.

    -Student

    P.S. If you notice, Richard Gephardt, Joe Lieberman, Wesley Clark, and Howard Dean are all supposedly on the "right". Yeah....right.
     
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    I started the test, and discovered that it wouldn't let me skip the questions on which I had no opinion, or that I thought were phrased too poorly to answer.

    Eh.

    - Chris
     
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    Hmmm...

    Economic Left/Right: 0.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.87

    Looks like I shot about an inch low and centered at 100 yds.:D
     
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