The Political Compass!

Here’s me.

(copy that “show graph on seperate page for printing” link).

Big surprise there, I’m lefty on economics and libertarian on personal freedoms, near Gandi and the Dali Lama.

Carefully calibrated to make everyone a libertarian!

God, the questions are moronic.

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend”.

I’m glad they put that one right on the first page. What a time saver.

And moi.

I agree. These questions are fairly fucktarded. Where was gun control? Vice? Economic subsidies for agriculture? Immigration? Etc?

There were a few questions I just plain didn’t get. And I would have preferred an “undecided” option for some of the questions. I mean, it might shock people, but there are some issues I haven’t made a decision on, and hate having to wager a guess one way or the other.

Either way, I think they pegged me pretty well. Except the “World’s smallest political quiz” pegs me as a left-leaning libertarian, so I dunno.

“Everyone has their rights, but it is better for all of us that different sorts of people should keep to their own kind.”

Jesus christ.

I dunno guys, I think you’re reading too much into “libertarian”. These guys are from the UK, so they’re thinking different things when they say “libertarian”.

From their analysis page:

The usual understanding of anarchism as a left wing ideology does not take into account the neo-liberal “anarchism” championed by the likes of Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman and America’s Libertarian Party, which couples law of the jungle right-wing economics with liberal positions on most social issues. Often their libertarian impulses stop short of opposition to strong law and order positions, and are more economic in substance (ie no taxes) so they are not as extremely libertarian as they are extremely right wing. On the other hand, the classical libertarian collectivism of anarcho-syndicalism ( libertarian socialism) belongs in the bottom left hand corner.

So, to all the American libertarians out there – are you falling into the bottom right quadrant?

Not really. I’m sorta humping the line there. It’s a stupid test anyways.

Can someone explain to me what being a racist or believing in astrology has to do with your political stances? Anyone?

Then maybe they should tell us what the hell they were thinking when they put a question about astrology in there. Until then, i officialy rename this the “Dipshit/Asshole” compass.

And just for fun.

Another big surprise for the group:

According to this compass, I match Gandhi economically, but am more socially liberal. Um, oookay.

Oh goody. I end up wishy-washy. -0.25, -2.56 I’m Jean Chretien! sob

Is anyone economically liberal but socially conservative? I swear there’s like ten people in that bracket.

The test seems inherently flawed to me, insofar as so many of the economic questions are intricately tied with social issues. “Should a company be responsible only for profiting its shareholders,” is neither a purely economical nor a purely social question. It’s both. The four way split they created seems more like ‘personality matrix’ pseudoscience than a real measurement of personal politics.

Precisely. Not to mention all the utterly irrelevant and poorly worded questions.

The growing fusion between information and entertainment is a worrying contribution to the public’s shrinking attention span.

I see how this effect’s ones social stance, and choosing “agree” can indicate that you take a conservative view, but it’s equally possible that there’s another reason for shrinking attention spans, not to mention the fact that is there really proof that attention spans have indeed shrunk?

People are ultimately divided more by class than by nationality.

Okay, once again, social question. But I don’t understand how this is relevant to political alignment. In my opinion, I think poor X people have more in common with poor Y people than they do with rich X people. In fact, I think one of the greatest lies propagated by left and the right is the notion that there’s a race war, when in fact it’s really a class war. But I guess that’s a whole separate topic; this question really doesn’t tell us anything about one’s political stance, as far as I’m concerned.

From each according to his ability, to each according to his need is a fundamentally good idea.

WTF does this even MEAN?

Everyone has their rights, but it is better for all of us that different sorts of people should keep to their own kind.

How are racism and xenophobia relevant to one’s political stance?

I could keep going, but I won’t. This test makes me shit molten horror at its stupidity.

FREE NELSON MANDELA…is apparently what I should have been yelling a few years back, as per that compass.

You wanted him to stay in jail?!?!

This is a communist mantra – a quote from Karl Marx, I believe. It means those who produce should produce as much as he can, according to his ability. And goods or money are distributed to each person as according to his need (as opposed to his “want,” as with capitalism).

This compass link was covered a few months ago, but I don’t have the energy to look it up.

“Green Card? We don’t need no steenking Green Cards!” - Jesus Sanchez. :lol: