Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Political Compass Test

Economic Left/Right: -5.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.72



Take the test.

I took a similar test a few years ago, and, although my result was still in the same quadrant, I was much closer to the center. It seems that I've been marked by the Bush years. The test is not a quickie six-question test.

40 comments:

Lapinbizarre said...

Impressive. Very good result. I would say this, of course, because I came in very close to where you are: -7.38 on Economic Left/Right and -4.72 on Libertarian/Authoritarian.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Lapin, we're in the company of Gandhi, Mandela, and the Dalai Lama. Not bad.

Anonymous said...

Economic Left/Right: -5.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.92


IT

Grandmère Mimi said...

Damn, IT, we are close. Twins separated at birth. Of course, I was the first-born.

Lapinbizarre said...

Interesting that folks from such diverse backgrounds - I'm a child of the UK 40's & 50's Welfare State - can achieve such unity.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Having grown up and lived in south Louisiana for nearly my whole life (but for a brief stint in south Alabama), my question is how did I come to be so west-coasty and English welfare statish libertarian-left?

Lapinbizarre said...

How indeed? Quite an achievement.

Anonymous said...

Indeed, Mimi. It's quite remarkable. But I've heard it said that great minds think alike.

IT

kishnevi said...

My score:

Economic Left/Right: 1.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.21

Which I think overstated my "rightward" tendency. For instance, I answered that governments should not regulate corporations to protect the environment. (don't remember exactly how the question was framed). In true libertarian style, that a leftist answer masquerading as a rightist answer. Regulation doesn't work, not because regulation is inherently bad, but because the corporations inevitably gain control of the regulatory process, and the public ends up where it started, or worse off, while the regulators end up as an extension of the corporations they're supposed to regulate. But I suspect the test rated this answer as a simple "regulation=bad, business=good" answer.

Ormonde Plater said...

Economic Left/Right: -4.12
Social Libertarian/Authoitarian: -6.72
That surprised me. I thought I was more conservative with economy.

FranIAm said...

Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: -7.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.08


I loved that! You, me, Lapinbizarre, Gandhi, Mandela, Dalai Lama, IT - brilliant!

Grandmère Mimi said...

It's getting a bit crowded in this quadrant.

Anonymous said...

It's okay if it's crowded Mimi, it's just OUR KIND OF PEOPLE. ;-)

IT

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I ended up in the same quadrant, but a bit closer to the center.

johnieb said...

Economic --9.88
Libertarian--8.77

This has been pretty consistent for a loooong time, as I noted at my place.

La Rouge et La Noir

Grandmère Mimi said...

Jonhieb, you're way in the corner. You don't take up much space.

susankay said...

Mimi -- Good grief! I match you exactly!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Heavens, SusanKay. Imagine! What are the chances?

Diane said...

ok, I haven't done this yet, and I feel left out...

I'll be back later with answers.

Boaz said...

Economic Left/Right: -5.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.59

I'm in the next tiny little square just above you Mimi and diagonally towards the centre. Clearly we think alike, but you are a touch more radical!

Jan said...

I'm somewhat close, too--

Economic Left/Right: -5.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.64

pj said...

Economic Left/Right: -8.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.95

Wow! I'm out-lefted only by Johnieb!

Kudos to you, Johnie.

Paul said...

Trying to catch up with y'all.

Economic -5.75
Social -6.97

Since we're all here, let's have a party!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Nothing but a bunch of dirty fecking hippies is what we are, except for Kishnevi up there, who cleans us up a little.

Hurry up, Paul! Let's have a party! Who's got the booze and whatcha got?

johnieb said...

"Sing about a reefer
Five foot long
not too heavy
and not too strong
O the sky is high
and so am I
if you're a Viper"

ReBirth Brass Band with Kermit Ruffins

Some of dat "Best of Louisiana Music" from Rounder

Grandmère Mimi said...

Johnieb, you bringing the reefers?

Tobias Haller said...

Economic Left/Right: -3.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.92

A nice neighborhood to be in -- but then, I suppose everyone thinks that, if the test is honest...

Counterlight said...

Economic Left/Right: -6.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.59

Looks like I'm solidly in the Left Libertarian camp.

rick allen said...

Economic Left/Right: -4.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.74

What I'm wondering is how in the world they got Hitler to take this test.......

BooCat said...

Economic Left/Right:-8.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.00

I was feeling way out there until I got to johnnieb and pj.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Hey, people, it's getting to where I can't breathe here in the green.

You don't think I'm preaching to the choir on this blog, do you?

Rick, maybe the quiz folks judged Hitler by his deeds.

rick allen said...

But would he agree or strongly disagree that there is now a worrying fusion of information and entertainment?

Grandmère Mimi said...

Rick, since Hitler had a lock on both information and entertainment, I think we can assume that he would not have been worried about that.

rick allen said...

That's what I mean. How in the world do you answer this thing to get a "Hitler" reading? Since there were no giveaways like "I think the best way to deal with political opponents is to murder them."

Grandmère Mimi said...

Rick, the tests are for FUN. At least, this test was not limited to 5 or 6 questions total. It could shed a tad more light, but its conclusions are most certainly nothing to order one's life by. You play and enjoy - or not.

Dennis said...

Economic Left/Right: -5.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.90

Grandmère Mimi said...

Come on in to the green zone. No. Not that Green Zone!

Aelred said...

Well, I am -7.38 on the Left/Right scale & -6.21 on the Libertarian/Authoritarian scale -- in the same quadrant as all but one of my Facebook friends who have added the application (one university student who plans to attend our Summer Program just barely crosses the line into Authoritarianism -- maybe I can get him to ease up while he is here) -- FWIW, my score is almost identical with Padre Mickey's -- Prior Aelred

Grandmère Mimi said...

Hi Prior Aelred! Thanks for stopping in. Padre Mickey is good company, except he's a tad naughty at times - but then, you have your moments, too. ;o) Y'all gotta work that university student over while you have him in your clutches.

Bluebird said...

Economic Left/Right: -9.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.51

Wow. I knew I was liberal but I had no idea how much. If I go any further left I'll fall off the chart.