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Political Compass test

post #1 of 15
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Which quadrant did you score in? And did you score within a 10x10 box centered at the origin?


Economic Left/Right: -5.88

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 2.26
post #2 of 15
I can't seem to find the test itself... can you post a direct link to it? It sounds interesting!

I do notice that these people have misspelled "political" all over their own website!
post #3 of 15
The test link is

It is locked, but here are some of the posts from the IMO thread in October this year using the same test

and mine
post #4 of 15
Here I am.... Interesting!!

post #5 of 15
Hmmm...interesting. It appears that while I am neither facist not anarchist, I am fairly close to being a communist.

post #6 of 15
um OK.... here is where I am at I guess........

post #7 of 15
Here's my result:

Slightly to the left and slightly more libertarian than Gandhi, allegedly, though I never thought of Gandhi as being particularly libertarian, to be honest, so I think whoever designed this test has their political ideas a bit skewed.
post #8 of 15
A fascinating exercise! But their use of the term "Libertarian" is a little out of whack with my understanding of it, which may have something to do with the fact that the designers of the test appear to be British.

Toward the end of the analysis section, though, there's a graphic that adds some clarifying terms: "Authoritarian/Fascism," "Libertarian/Anarchism," "Left/Communism," and "Right/Neo-Liberalism." (I can only imagine how some rightwingers feel about being called liberals, "neo" or otherwise! )

Anyway, I came out largely Communist, which makes sense to me... but also moderately Anarchist, which strikes me as odd, since I feel we need a good deal more governmental regulation in many areas -- maybe it's because I want to regulate for the protection of people, not corporations or millionaires.

It's remarkable how highly-charged some of these terms are. In America, we are so steeped in the assumption that Communism is always and in every way a terrible thing that I'm actually a little afraid of revealing my result! Thank you, Joe McCarthy!

In truth, of course, neither Communism nor Capitalism is all bad or all good... nor do we have a purely Capitalist society in the US, thank goodness. It's largely the elements of Socialism that make our society humane (to the degree that it is humane).

Maybe that's the real usefulness of this test -- to point out some of the shades of grey in an area in which a lot of us have been trained to see only black and white. Thanks for posting it!
post #9 of 15
Economic Left/Right: -5.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.62

I can't get the graph to copy, but Here are my numbers. Not at all suprising to me.
post #10 of 15
Couldn't get the graph to print, either, but came up really close to Gandhi. Seems as if most of us are falling in that area.
post #11 of 15
I'm almost dead-on Ghandi. Kinda weird. I couldn't get the graph to print but here are my results:

The Political Compass

Economic Left/Right: -3.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.08
post #12 of 15

Another "close to Ghandi" result here.
No big surprises.
post #13 of 15
Darn near the middle of the road!

post #14 of 15
Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
I can only imagine how some rightwingers feel about being called liberals, "neo" or otherwise!
I can explain that. Liberal as a political term has, in many countries, changed its meaning almost completely. Now it can mean a bit left of centre but historically Liberalism was very right wing. So, Thatcher in the traditional meaning of the term, is a neo-Liberal. It's a term I avoid because of the confusion, a confusion of which many modern commentators seem unaware.

As to Libertarianism, I don't know that the American meaning of the word is any different from the British meaning. The test got me right and I happily admit to being a libertarian. Gandhi, on the other hand, was deeply conservative socially.
post #15 of 15
Another one close to Ghandi - that doesn't surprise me in the least.

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