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Political Compass

I am normally not an advocate of these sort of things (on-line “tests” of any sort), but this one is particularly relevant for The Waterglass. It is a test called the “Political Compass.” Click HERE to take the test.

“Welcome to The Political Compass.
There’s abundant evidence for the need of it. The old one-dimensional categories of ‘right’ and ‘left’ , established for the seating arrangement of the French National Assembly of 1789, are overly simplistic for today’s complex political landscape. For example, who are the ‘conservatives’ in today’s Russia? Are they the unreconstructed Stalinists, or the reformers who have adopted the right-wing views of conservatives like Margaret Thatcher ?”

I don’t think it would be a good idea to broadcast scores, as the results may be used against us. It is an interesting personal barometer and could very well change as the years go by.

11 comments to Political Compass

  • Morgan

    I’m not generally afraid of people finding out how I feel. I scored just right of center.

    Economic Left/Right: 4.12
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.31

    No surprises to me. I am fiscally conservative, but I am liberal on some social issues.

  • Well, if Morgan’s not afraid, then I’m not, either!

    Economic Left/Right: 5.25
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.92

    Right near Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand, which I expected. Law of the jungle economics, and smoke all the pot and crack you want.

    One thing about labels: they’re not all bad, as long as there’s a significant degree of accuracy to them. Don’t worry about being labeled. Worry about being labeled inaccurately.

    I used to be far more liberal, but that was before I got a job and bought a house. There may be a causal relationship there, but I’m not going to argue it in this particular space.

  • Joshua

    Well, if my brother’s in, I’m in:

    Economic Left/Right: -4.12
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.41

    Just like Ghandi.

  • “Homosexuality is immoral and disgusting.”
    –Ayn Rand, 1971

    “The Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs.”
    –Mahatma Gandhi, 1946

  • Joshua

    You MUST be kidding… you’re against GHANDI? You think Ghandi was an anti-semite? Is that the purpose of the quote? It’s some evidence that Ghandi wished death for the Jews? That’s insane.

  • I was taking quotes from the website YOU provided in this post, Josh. I found them rather interesting. There were other quotes by Winston Churchill, Colin Powell, and Martin Luther there, too.

    And it’s spelled “Gandhi.”

  • Joshua

    Alright, Mr. Spelling Bee, you still haven’t made yourself understood. What was the reason for including that quote? In what context do you think that quote is properly placed? GANDHI (SPELLED CORRECTLY NOW, THANKS) said many things related to his belief in non-violent social protest. Do you think this quote reveals some deep seeded anti-Semitism? It makes no difference why Political Compass decided to put that quote on their website. They obviously didn’t coerce you into copying their quote. You decided of your own free will to place that quote here. It seems to me that including a possibly inflammatory quote out of context is misleading. It is misleading in the sense that without reference to why he said it and where he said it, we have little idea as to its meaning. For instance, Milton Friedman said:

    ?I’m in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal.?

    It is an oft-reported quote, but I have no idea if he?s being sarcastic (as some of his other quotes suggest, he had a sarcastic sense of humor) or he truly believes in the decriminalization of drugs. It is a quote pulled from context. Similarly, I don?t know GANDHI?s stance on anti-Semitism. All I know is that you pulled that quote from the thousands of other quotes he made, a quote that is inflammatory without placing it in proper context, for no apparent reason. I suppose if instilling a sense of intellectual anarchy into the proceedings is in order, than your inclusion of the quote makes sense.

  • My point in including both the Rand quote and the Gandhi quote was simply to show that some of the people we lionize may have said some stupid, inflammatory, or apparently contradictory things in their lifetimes.

    I didn’t mean anything insulting by including the quotes, and your tone here indicates that you were particularly offended by it. For that, I apologize. It wasn’t my intention to make you angry.

    The rest of your comment was spelled correctly, as far as I can tell.

    Your brother,
    Mr. S. B., Esq.

  • See, I told you posting our scores was a bad idea. Now look at the trouble we caused. I, for one, am ashamed.

  • Ray

    I don’t know what to make of my score. It appears that I am more middle of the road than I had thought.

    Economic Left/Right 4.50
    Social Libertarian/authoritarian -0.15

    All I will say about Mr. Gandhi is that he was very fortunate that India was occupied by an oppressor with a moral conscience like the British. If the Japanese, for example, had overrun India in 1942, their patience with any noncooperation or with Gandhi’s pacifist resistance to their rule would have been quite limited. Mr. Gandhi and his Congress Party colleagues would in all likelihood have experienced a true epiphany as they faced that Japanese firing squad and realized how much they missed those polite gentlemen flying the Union Jack.

    It is indeed absurd to imagine that Mohandas K. Gandhi, the Mahatma, was in any way an anti-semite. However, if his views on non violent resistance had prevailed and been adopted by the West in the late 1930s, it is highly unlikely that there would single Jew alive in the world today.

  • Aggie

    Here are my scores for the record:

    Economic Left/Right +1.38
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian -3.95

    This would put me in about the same area as, well, hmm let’s see, I guess there’s no one quite like me! I suppose if you split the difference between Ariel Sharon and The Dalai Lama, you’d be close.