Re: Political Compass

From: Mike Linksvayer (
Date: Mon Aug 27 2001 - 13:14:27 MDT

On Mon, Aug 27, 2001 at 11:02:43AM -0700, J. R. Molloy wrote:
> Well, maybe social democratic ideas lack legitimacy because they're presented
> as social democratic ideas instead of as just plain good ideas that don't need
> to be validated by political association.

I agree. It's unfortunate, for example, that basic tolerance is
associated with left wing ideology. Libertarians and friends are
partially to blame, giving too much emphasis to laws, not enough
to social practices.

> When I took the comprehensive political questionnaire that determines
> political ideology coordinates, and compares that to British politicians
> (OK, it's just another bogus test, but) I liked my result: Dead center between
> left and right, and two points closer to libertarian than authoritarian. For
> all I know, that's what they show for everyone who takes the test.

I'm a sucker for this sort of thing. On a scale of -10..10 (I think):
Economic Left/Right: 4.13
Authoritarian/Libertarian: -5.79

Based on the above, JR's score was something like 0/-2.

Quite an interesting test actually, coming from a non-US/non-libertarian
perspective. Many of the questions concern attitude more than
"there should [not] be a law", a la the libertarian-biased World's
Shortest Political Quiz.

  Mike Linksvayer

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