Thursday, June 02, 2005

Political Compass

On reader Mark's suggestion, I took the Political Compass test. I scored 0.50 on the economic scale (slightly to the right), and 0.56 on the authoritarian/libertarian scale (slightly authoritarian). I'm actually a little disappointed - I was hoping to be closer to Margaret Thatcher's ratings. Please feel free to post your results for this test in the comments section.

4 Comments:

Anonymous anselm said...

Any test that has Hitler listed as a fascist rather than a socialist is an example of bias. Some of the questions were left-wing crap.

According to the results, I have to send them my resume....hmmmmmm

Thursday, June 02, 2005 2:54:00 p.m.  
Blogger Linda said...

Economic Left/Right: 0.63
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.74

Some of the questions were biased and/or didn't have an alternative that I really find palatable, but it's interesting nonetheless.

Thursday, June 02, 2005 3:15:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mark Francis said...

Anselm,

Describing Hitler as a socialist is an example of bias. Hitler tolerated and relied upon monied people and the upper class once in power. That's a hallmark of fascism, not socialism. Or, more specifically, it's a capitalist trait.

I'm curious as to which questions are considered biased. This is not a perfect test. Indeed, it's purpose is to quantify political and economic biases, so it's bound to raise a few eyebrows.

Anyway, as for myself:

I rate Economic Left/Right: -2.50, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.31 from which makes me a centre-left libertarian

Cyrano: You're a centrist? Well, take the test again in a few days, and see if it's different.

Oh, Cyrano (Shane?), I tagged you on my blog. Take a look.

Thursday, June 02, 2005 8:02:00 p.m.  
Blogger Cyrano said...

Like I said, Mark - I've taken this before and pretty consistently score moderately right and authoritarian. I'm sure the iron lady hangs her head in shame at me.

I'm a teacher, and as you can probably guess, most teachers are pretty left-leaning. Another teacher forwarded me the test, and when I came out the same as here (approximately), one other teacher and I had fun calling each other fascist and communist for the rest of the day - great fun.

BTW, yes, it is Shane.

Thursday, June 02, 2005 10:33:00 p.m.  

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