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    Post Re: The Political Compass

    Hiya Jennifer,

    Yes, at first I did not read the full explanation, I was just intent on clicking those radio buttons. CLICK! But I do see that according to their system I'm obviously not a leftie in the usual sense—now that would've been one strange test. Still, I find your explanation much better than the one on the website, thank you.

    Now here's what I find interesting:

    I tried to retake the test and answer what I thought Hitler would have answered, and I still ended up nowhere near him in the top right quadrant. I figured, I either misunderstood everything or I don't know Hitler's politics to save my life. However, now you tell me that you yourself (and I note the NS in your profile here), ended up in the top left quadrant as well.

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    Political compass

    http://www.politicalcompass.org/

    Mine:
    Economic Left/Right: -7.38
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.92

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    Re: Political compass

    Your political compass

    Economic Left/Right: -3.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.08


    http://www.politicalcompass.org/prin...-3.88&soc=1.08

    This questionnaire isn't necessarily suitable for people who hold unconventional views which can't really be positioned on a left-right axis by contemporary standards, such as some ideologies represented here on Skadi.
    If I support abortion, it doesn't necessarily mean I'm concerned about individual rights. You get the point.

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    The Political Compass

    http://www.politicalcompass.org/test


    Here is my result.


    f we recognise that this is essentially an economic line it's fine, as far as it goes. We can show, for example, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung and Pol Pot, with their commitment to a totally controlled economy, on the hard left. Socialists like Mahatma Gandhi and Robert Mugabe would occupy a less extreme leftist position. Margaret Thatcher would be well over to the right, but further right still would be someone like that ultimate free marketeer, General Pinochet.

    That deals with economics, but the social dimension is also important in politics. That's the one that the mere left-right scale doesn't adequately address. So we've added one, ranging in positions from extreme authoritarian to extreme libertarian.




    Both an economic dimension and a social dimension are important factors for a proper political analysis. By adding the social dimension you can show that Stalin was an authoritarian leftist (ie the state is more important than the individual) and that Gandhi, believing in the supreme value of each individual, is a liberal leftist. While the former involves state-imposed arbitary collectivism in the extreme top left, on the extreme bottom left is voluntary collectivism at regional level, with no state involved. Hundreds of such anarchist communities exisited in Spain during the civil war period

    You can also put Pinochet, who was prepared to sanction mass killing for the sake of the free market, on the far right as well as in a hardcore authoritarian position. On the non-socialist side you can distinguish someone like Milton Friedman, who is anti-state for fiscal rather than social reasons, from Hitler, who wanted to make the state stronger, even if he wiped out half of humanity in the process.

    The chart also makes clear that, despite popular perceptions, the opposite of fascism is not communism but anarchism (ie liberal socialism), and that the opposite of communism ( i.e. an entirely state-planned economy) is neo-liberalism (i.e. extreme deregulated economy)



    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 social Darwinian 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.

    In our home page we demolished the myth that authoritarianism is necessarily "right wing", with the examples of Robert Mugabe, Pol Pot and Stalin. Similarly Hitler, on an economic scale, was not an extreme right-winger. His economic policies were broadly Keynesian, and to the left of some of today's Labour parties. If you could get Hitler and Stalin to sit down together and avoid economics, the two diehard authoritarians would find plenty of common ground.

    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -5.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.72



    It managed to weed out my Socialist leanings. I thought I had got rid of them?
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    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: 5.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 3.23




    I have my doubts about this test. Apparently I'm very similar, politically, to Gordon Brown!:eek:
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    The bad thing about those tests is that they sort of go about it backward. Really it would be nice if they provided you with a text-box labeled "Provide us with the single most important belief that brings all your other beliefs together and we'll get back to you in a couple days." They're fun though, I think I've taken this before and ended up in the lower right quadrant.

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    Yeah, this thing is kinda silly. Anyhow I got Pope Benedict XVI and Authoritarian left.

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    I have always called myself a Leftist.
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    Huh, I always thought of myself as being more towards the right economically, but I guess that my protectionist views preclude that.
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