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    Default Where are you on the Political Compass?

    http://www.politicalcompass.org/

    There is much agreement that the old simplified left-right division is not enough to grasp the diversity of the political landscape. This test isn't perfect, but I think it does a pretty good job and might give some interesting insight. I also recommend reading the FAQ if you are interested in the why and how of it all.

    They suggest that you do the test before you read up on the methodology because doing it the other way around might influence your answers (much like with personality questions that are obviously about a certain functions, etc).

    So bring it on - where do the good people of TypoC stand? Let's see how much diversity of opinion we've got and if there are some general trends. For this purpose, there is no right or wrong, just curiosity.
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    Economic Left/Right: -4.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.59

    Heh, solidly bottom left corner
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    I took this test a few years back and ended up in the bottom left box, fairly close to the centre... I think it was a bit near where they place Ghandi? But a bit closer to the middle than him.

    I'm not and certainly wasnt particularly well informed politically though, and I'd likely answer somewhat differently now.

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    I'm solidly and unsurprisingly in the bottom left corner.



    Economic Left/Right: -9.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.69

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    Solidly in the lower left corner. Around -4 for ecomonic and -5 for social issues.
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    The test is poorly done and many questions are completely nonsensical: "Some people are just naturally unlucky"? It's trying to decide if I think that "unlucky" people, i.e. homeless people are homeless because of "fate" or because of their incompetence. I don't think either are true: I think people are homeless because a minority enjoy the lifestyle, a minority succumbs to drugs and/or alcohol, and a majority is there because society is poorly structured and imperfect. This is just one example, but in general, any political compass test is inherently flawed because it's based on what's considered what politically in society.

    As for my own political views, they're pretty diverse. I would consider myself a socialist who proposes the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage, but also wants the United States to actively spread democracy and fight tyranny around the world through military means. I also support the second amendment. I think that foreign nationals who openly and clearly try to subvert Western values, i.e. Wahhabi Muslims in Europe, should be deported. I guess I would be in the green square, but, again, I consider the test meaningless.

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    Economic Left/Right: -3.62
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.64

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post
    there is no right or wrong.
    Well we have found that power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. So the right thing to do is to limit power. And this is precisely what liberal democracy does.

    Unfortunately the maximisation of power is intuitive while the limitation of power is counter-intuitive.

    Luckily, learning to read and write is counter-intuitive, science is counter-intuitive, modern economics is counter-intuitive and even much of modern art is counter-intuitive, so why should we be surprised that liberal democracy and the limitation of power is also counter-intuitive.

    Of course we shouldn't be surprised for all of them came from the same source - literacy and the Enlightenment.

    The counter-intuitive is an act of genius and was opposed by the intuitive in the Romantic Movement.

    The Romantic Movement was in reaction to the Enlightenment and of course the guru Jung, astrology and MBTI all come out of the Romantic Movement. And the Romantic Reacton is now called the New Age.

    And, "there is no right or wrong", is the slogan of the Romantic Movement and the New Age.

    And this slogan has led directly to nihilism.

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    Your political compass

    Economic Left/Right: -3.12
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.59

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    Victor, you misquoted me. I said:

    For this purpose, there is no right or wrong, just curiosity.
    ...meaning: This is not supposed to be about who is right or wrong but about finding out where the different members stand. This has nothing at all to do with "all opinions are equally valid". Not at all. I just don't want this thread to be about that but rather a place where everybody can present his or her position without feeling ostracized. There is ample opportunity for debate in the rest of the politics section.

    I am confident that re-reading what I said you will understand.
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