Political compass

Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Another Test class, this one is from the Political Compass.


I don't know if that is good or bad.


Luther McLeod said...

Economic Left/Right: 4.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.62

I'm not sure what it means either Terrye. The only thing I noticed was that in the "international chart" there were no examples given in my quadrant.

Knucklehead said...

I'll go back and take the test, I suppose, but when I can't get past the first "question":

If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations.

Now WTF does that mean?!? The whole point of an economy is to serve the purposes of "humanity". There would be no economies, not worth a dollar or a donut, without people and our interests. If "trans-national" corporations don't serve those interests then they won't serve their own interests. Sigh...

So whatever I pick I'm already forced into something I don't like. I don't agree even a little bit with that lame statement. And no doubt registering my disagreement will add points to so something for an entirely incorrect reason.

terrye said...


Maybe I need to do a do over.

terrye said...

kncuklehead, the whole test is like that. I saw it over at JOM. But it is strange.

Knucklehead said...

Yes, I think marijuana should be legalised but it has been many years since I gave a rat's patoot whether it is or isn't! I hate these sorts of lame surveys.

I got a freakin' bullseye!

Economic Left/Right: 0.63
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.87

Which happened because I thought many, if not most, statements were too lame to register strong agreement or disagreement with. Where was the "I think you dopes are full o' shit" quadrant?

Luther McLeod said...

Yes, Knuck.

The checkbox for "I think you dopes are full o' shit" whould have been much used. Their bias wasn't very well concealed. Oh well, it was just for fun.

Seneca the Younger said...

7.5, -4.36.

nomdeblog said...

It’s only 2 dimensional and it should 3 and also measure military –
hawk, dove, pacifist, appeaser ..whatever.

Looking at the comparison of their world leaders section, there really isn’t much difference between Chirac and Bush. Whereas, in the real world, there is an enormous difference. Chirac is an appeaser and Bush is not. IMO, if a leader won’t fight for freedom then what he thinks about free trade and social liberties is academic.

I’m a plus 5 economically and minus 1.75 socially (Senaca makes me feel old). I also had trouble with the questions but erred to the multinational companies because … I felt they were being unfairly victimised … ; >)

Rick Ballard said...


You're not wearing your WWCD (What Would Cthulhu Do) bracelet today are you?


Chomsky put a lot of "thought" into the design of this test. You shouldn't make fun of someone so distinguished. Establishing a framework for the discussion that follows is the most important element of the reeducat... learning process.

terrye said...

bitch bitch bitch that is all you people do. Here I slave away at the computer trying to find something that will entertain you all and all I get is grief. Fine go find your own test.

I think the authoritarian side of my nature just asserted itself.

Luther McLeod said...

Not that I really care...but, what is it with that lower right quadrant on the international chart? Several here landed there. Could they not find any examples?

Then there's this:

They found me out.

chuck said...

7.5, -4.36.


Luther McLeod said...

And there's also this:

EU: Causes of Growth differentials in Europe

(HT - ahem at ProteinWidsom)

I don't have the wit for knowing if its good data or not, but it certainly looks impressive. It also looks as if the model would apply here equally as well.

loner said...

Results when using only Strongly Agree and Strongly Disagree:

-0.88, -5.79

Results when using only Agree and Disagree:

0.50, -3.44

Moderation produces a 1.38 shift to the right and a 2.35 shift to the authoritarian.

My conclusion: Useless

Rick Ballard said...

"My conclusion: Useless"

Wasteful too. What the hell are the lower and left quadrants for?