Where are YOU on the political compass?

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  1. MikeTV

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    You can find out where you are on the political compass by taking a test here: The Political Compass.

    This is me on the political compass (more "libertarian" than I would ever have predicted! But I suspect they mean in the classical, liberal sense, rather than in the Tea Party/Sarah Palin sense):

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    And this is where some world leaders are:

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    And the political parties:

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  2. MikeTV

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    And Sidicks, don't worry - I've done one for you already:
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    I wanted to give that a go, but some of the questions are impossible to answer unless you have further information or context. And it won't let you skip them. At least there should a result given for people who refuse to answer some questions, then I would post that. Stupid limited test....
     
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    Wrong questions:
    If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations.

    What if the only purpose of the tans0national corporations was non-profit and to serve humanity? Or some such other technicality that means the corporations provide better service to humanity than any other system?

    Our race has many superior qualities, compared with other races.

    Concerned that this is read in different ways. Just picking a narrow field for specific sporting events you can positively highlight superior qualities when comparing races. But this would also give the same answer as those who think some races are better and deserve to live and some deserve to be exterminated.

    There is now a worrying fusion of information and entertainment.
    Even if you think there is now, you can't agree if you think there has been a worry in the past of equal potential. Or if it is you who worries of if you think society worries but you don't worry. And many other options..

    Couldn't get to other page to judge the questions.
     
  5. GAZBEROTTEN

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    Your political compass

    Economic Left/Right: -5.38
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.56




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  6. sidicks

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    Excellent, thanks. It must be at least 3 weeks since this flawed test was posted on here...
    :nono:
     
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    It's come up a few times in here and on the last occasion I think a number of us came to the conclusion was a bit of a fix for reasons beachland has noticed, that it is trying to force you in particular directions by loading the questions.
     
  8. MikeTV

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    Fair enough - I had no idea it was on here before. But I'd still be interested in knowing people's scores.

    But it's like any kind of personality test. Like one of those cosmo quizzes (although, I am actually an immensely generous lover). I think some people might be taking it all a bit too seriously. Nobody is claiming this is science!
     
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    Half the questions made no real sense to a dyed in the wool Rothbardian.
     
  10. MikeTV

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    I'm not aware of many such corporations, but in those cases, I guess the question is moot. It's about the other 99.9% of corporations - the profit-pursuing ones.
    I guess it's asking whether you feel corporate interests are aligned with human interests, and thus where do you fall politically on that question. Go with your gut instinct.
    Why pick a narrow field? Did the question ask you to pick a narrow field? So pick the same answer as those that feel races should be exterminated, if that's what you think. It's asking what do you think. Don't try to second guess how it interprets your response, or whether that's what someone else might say.
    It not's giving you any other options. It is asking you if you believe it now. It's not asking you to compare with the past, or what other people might think.
    Don't judge the questions, answer the questions - is all I'm trying to say. There were questions I struggled with too - whether to agree or disagree. Just give it your best shot, and try not to over-analyse. It's about impressions, and someone's probability of answering one way or another.
     
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    But economic globalisation. Should it serve humanity is a stupid question, it can't serve a corporation as its just a collection of individual human beings. Unless I'm misinterpreting it. Many questions just didn't fit with a Rothbardian position and are mired in current position and not what could be.
     
  12. MikeTV

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    I think that's the point - it's forcing us to differentiate ourselves on issues. I don't know how you can "load the questions" - you can distort the interpretation of the results, of course. But they are the same questions for everyone. All you can do is compare your results with someone else's. It's a relative measure. You can also argue the result is an "inaccurate" reflection - you may be right. I have no idea. But I rather suspect it has at least some validity, given the nature of the questions, and the fact it was compiled by academic researchers. But there's no guarantee.
     
  13. MikeTV

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    Why can't an organisation serve in the interests of a specific collection of human beings, instead of serving humanity? God knows there are enough examples of that!

    It's not asking questions about a "Rothbardian" system or any other theoretical system. It's about our present day system. Obviously!

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    No, it was supposed to show where you are on the political spectrum and the questions are flawed. A global corporation can serve humanity and its own employees. It's also affected by what it does and still requires to sell to everyone. It's a bum wrap for corporations and assumes all corporations are some evil monster. Well here's a fact, Governments are corporations and they work on a Global level, so how do you answer that question?
     
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    When i did it ,i found myself down there amongst the Dalai Lamas of this world, a man i respect
     
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    Well as he is a Marxist he is Authoritarian not libertarian. Collectivism under a religious pretext is the driver. Marxism believes the state is basically divine and above individualism, which accords to most religions.
     
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    Good for you, but I have a suspicion the Dalai Lama is not actually in that spot or any of the other notables on the little chart.

    You've fallen into the trap set by the authors of the "political compass".
     
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    Which proves its so flawed it's a nonsense. How did libdems get into the right wing, they are left.
     
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    My issue is the way the questions are loaded, a bit like some of the threads on here that "force" people to take sides, even though they might have been broadly in agreement.
     
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    Me too. Taken with a pinch of salt. As someone else pointed out in an earlier thread - it's nice that Mahatma Ghandi took some time out to complete the questionnaire. ;)

    Regarding the Dalai Lama, other than tibetan independence, I'm not entirely sure where he stands politically? I thought the tibetan monks employed slaves at one time, although that may be historically inaccurate. But it all seems all rather patriarchal to me. I'm certainly no fan of buddhism, as it is practiced in most asian countries at least (although I acknowledge that there are worse practices). But thats a whole 'nother thread.
     
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    The two known academic researchers that they were indebted to were born in 1897 and 1903 ;)

    It was compiled by a political journalist with the aid of an un-named professor of social history.

    Skeptical cat is skeptical
     
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    Except that Marx didn't believe, or state, anything of the sort!
     
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    Is I pointed out when this crap last came up, it's utterly utterly stupid.
     
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    it's interesting to read the backgrounds and beliefs of Marx and Engels. They were everything they purportedly disliked. The ideology was based on an intuitive belief and they dismissed anyone that thought differently as being unenlightened. They pushed the idea of a stateless, classless society as the pinnacle of humanity but the only way that could be auctioned was by severe state imposition.

    It's interesting that in fact both Mussolini and Hitler were both real life working class that followed the same ideology.

    It's a long discussion. I can dig out the highlights if I have time.
     
  26. MikeTV

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    Alright, calm down! Actually you said:
    To which neilios replied:
     
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    I wasn't asking.
     
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    It's good learning. :) they do say ignorance is bliss.
     
  29. MikeTV

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    I guess that explains your cheerful disposition. ;)
     
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    Nope that's my fruit based composition and rich buttery mixture.
     

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