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The Political Compass - Test



Test, post results, discuss.


Oh and first a prediction, if we get a decent amount to take the test, I predict the large majority will be in the green.


I was more towards the libertarian direction, in the middle of the green.

EDIT: Economic left/social libertarian; (-5.12/-6.15).


I think that a lot of these questions where misguided.

They ask me about my personal opinions as if they would decide what I am politically.

However, my private convictions do not make me a libertarian, my refusal to force them on other people at gunpoint makes me one.

This test has the inherent assumptions that you would automatically want to wish your very own belief system to be forced on others, and this is just plain wrong for some ideologies.


Agreed, still the results were entertaining to me.


No surprises here.


no surprises - strange scaling though . . .


This thing is whack.


Why is that? Did you take it to find results dramatically different than you expected? I found it to be entertaining myself.


Economic Left/Right: 0.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.92


I took this a while back and was in the green.


Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: -2.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.62

Ho hum, same old same old.

The government should only involve itself in peoples lives where absolutely necessary.


I was second from the bottom directly on the Social Libertarian/Authoritarian line.


I think this was posted here before.

But I get to the first question and have a problem:

"If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations."

Now to me this sounds like your decision is between Corporate Overlords, or socialism. What if I believe that any corporations job is to serve humanity?

How exactly are they defining serving humanity anyway? I am fairly certain we all have different ideas.

Also the way it is worded will naturally make people want to choose humanity over the corporation. Did anyone who took this test actually choose the corporation over humanity?

For me the first urge is to choose humanity over the corporation.


And here is where I fell on the scale:
Economic Left/Right: 1.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.46

According to this I am fairly libertarian, which I agree with, but it also puts me barely right economically. And this just ain't true.

I understand that the attempt is to add more depth to the political landscape then the left/right discussion out there. And I agree it is overly simplistic, but people are missing the fact that the top and left of the scales are linked, as are the bottom and the right. A push toward socialism is a push toward authoritarianism. And any attempt at authoritarianism is rooted in socialism.




I found almost impossible to choose one of those four answers in every circumstance. Things are just so much more nuanced and will really vary. But I guess that is the nature of tests like that.


Here I am


Whoops. That did not work. Here I am:


economic left/right is 5.78
libertarian/authoritorian is -0.36