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Political Compass, 2017 Edition

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Darth_Revan, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. Darth_Revan

    Darth_Revan Secret Squirrel Prestige DLP Supporter

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    It's been a while since last we did this, so I'm curious to see where we've all gotten to:
    Where are you on the Political Compass?

    A while back, we used to do this more or less every year, but the most recent one I could find was from 2011.

    Here are the others:
    2010 Thread
    2009 Thread
    2008 Thread
    2006 Thread


    Here's what I got this time around:

     
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  2. Paradise

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    It hops around a bit down their but I'm usually fairly libertarian with no dramatic leanings left or right.

    Last time it was more Libertarian Left but this time its more Libertarian Right pretty neat.
     
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    2006
    Economic Left/Right: -7.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.49

    2009
    Economic Left/Right: -5.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.95

    2010
    Economic Left/Right: -6.12
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.90
     
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    Economic Left/Right: 1.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 5.08

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  6. PomMan

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    Economic Left/Right: -1.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.33

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  7. MonkeyEpoxy

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    Economic Left/Right: -3.0
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    I have no idea where I was the last time I took this, but that was at least three years ago.

    Lol.
     
  8. T3t

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    Not too surprising, but given that I disagree with the fundamental premise of some of the questions...
     
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    Economic Left/Right: 0.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.05

    EDIT: Added 8values Results

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    It's been a while since I've done one of these, and despite several views changing pretty dramatically I'm still pretty much where I always was. I have pretty extreme views on every axis which tends to equalize on visualizations like this and leave me near the center.
     
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  10. Vira

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    Some of these questions are vague.

    Does this mean ethnic race or a country's people? I assumed the latter because it's in the country section, but that 'our' confuses the heck out of me. I don't know who you are, test giver!
     
  11. Chengar Qordath

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    Shifted a bit more to libertarian from what I recall, but about the same on the left/right axis.
     
  12. Agayek

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    Your Political Compass

    Economic Left/Right: 3.0
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.59

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    Not really sure how to take this though, because there were a few questions where my positions didn't line up with any of the answers (typically in a "This is more nuanced than blanket statements" kind of way), so I feel like this test is lacking somewhat. But hey, it's interesting to take every once in a while
     
  13. vlad

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    Interesting. I don't think the labels really work anymore in western politics, as the real axis is nationalist vs. globalist, with the establishment parties of all stripes trending to latter against a populist revolt of the former. This has proven to be true in Europe over the past five years, where you see collaboration between everything from socialists to conservatives to keep nationalists out of power, to the shifts of the last US election.

    It's also amazing to think that you could do a political test like this and not really factor immigration/racial tensions into the calculus of one's political standing, beyond a few token questions. The late naughts really were a different time.

    So in so far as I'm equally at odds with the traditional establishments of both the left and the right, I am indeed 'centrist'.

    That being said, the economic scale isn't false: without changing my stance on left-wing economic populism, I have abandoned supporting free trade/free markets purely as a matter of ideological principle or as being inherently good or even desired.


     
  14. NuitTombee

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    Economic Left/Right: -3.5
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  15. KaiDASH

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    Economic Left/Right: 3.38
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    There should have been a 'this is a stupid and/or leading question' option.
     
  16. Wizard Giller

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    Economic Left/Right: 0.5
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.15

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  17. Arthellion

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    Economic left/right: 4.13
    Social liberty/authority: -2.3

    Sounds about right in concept. Libertarianism...

    That said the statements were pretty generic and stereotypical.
     
  18. Taure

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    My result:

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    But I still think this is an awful, awful test. My political position hasn't changed at all since the last time I took it and yet my position is wildly different (last time I was basically at 0,0) simply because each time I take the test I go through a different thinking process over how to fit my position into the terribly phrased questions.

    For example:

    My position is essentially that economic globalisation generally does serve humanity and it generally does do this by serving the interests of trans-national corporations but that it is by no means a universal truth that the interests of large corporations will always align with the betterment of humanity.

    Sometimes when I see this question I click "agree" because I do think globalisation should serve humanity; other times I click "disagree" because I disagree with the premise that humanity and corporations are somehow opposed. Same position, different answer.
     
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    I have to say that I was utterly disappointed by the questions presented. Many felt over-broad, and I found it difficult to select either agree or disagree on them because my opinion is more nuanced than I felt offered, and was forced to guess at what the creators meant. Some questions also had presuppositions built in that I fundamentally disagree with, so there was no correct answer.

    Economic Left/Right: 5.88
    Social Libertarian Authoritarian: 1.03

    Take for instance the question:
    'Sex outside marriage is usually immoral.'

    Am I supposed to select 'Strongly Agree', because I believe it is always immoral, or 'Strongly Disagree' because I have no interest in the state prosecuting it?

    Same with:
    'No one can feel naturally homosexual.':
    and
    'These days openness about sex has gone too far.'



    The questions, especially in the last two categories suffer greatly from asking about opinions that may in fact be completely divorced from someone's governing principles like my own.

    It seems to me that it pushes people like me whose social and religious values tend towards the conservative up the authoritarian axis based on those values, because the questions regarding them are about the values themselves instead of public policy regarding those values.

    I think the test got my left-right axis fine, but my authoritarian-libertarian axis quite wrong.
     
  20. Arthellion

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    This. All of this.

    Asking question about morality is totally different than policy.