Sunday, February 17, 2008

Political Compass

That red dot is me on the "Political Compass" questionnaire.

ECONOMIC (Left/Right): -4.12

SOCIAL (Liber./Auth.): -3.08

Fill it out. Send me the results. I really want to plot all of my friends on this grid. That would be more interesting to me than Tchaikovsky and Wagner's social and economic perspectives.

This is the only quality political opinion test on the internet and nostalgia brings me back every couple of years. The compass gives more information than the traditional "left vs. right" spectrum often used to discuss politics. It uses an axis for economic perspective and an axis for social perspective. Basically, all of the questions gauge what degree of control you feel is appropriate for a government to have.

You should fill it out. The statements will force you to think and take a stance because you're not allowed a neutral answer. After you take the test you can compare yourself to historical figures like Gandhi, Mandela, Thatcher, Hitler, Stalin, etc.

Strongly Agree? Agree? Disagree? Strongly Disagree?
The statements that I liked:
-people are ultimately divided more by class than by nationality.
-good parents sometimes have to spank their children.
-it's natural for children to keep some secrets from their parents.
-the businessperson and the manufacturer are more important than the writer and the artist.
-making peace with the establishment is an important aspect of maturity.

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