Friday, September 16, 2005

Where is your political compass?

Concepts of "left" and "right" in politics are increasingly meaningless. Nothing is that linear or simple. So I found this test from Political Compass very interesting. As well as the traditional left and right horizontal scale, it also measures vertically from libertarian to authoritarian, allowing for a more complex understanding of political opinion.

Obviously nothing can plot these things exactly, but it was interesting to see where I came out after answering the questions: virtually bang in the middle of the left to right scale, with libertarian leanings. Almost exactly where I would have placed myself if asked outright. The Realist, meanwhile, came out more to the left with stronger libertarian instincts. Those "string 'em all up!" rants of his must be caused by the beer then.

I'd be interested to know where our readers (yes, all three of you) come out on this. Please give it a go and give us feedback about the outcome. It only takes 5-10 minutes. If I'm feeling particularly geeky I might even plot all the outcomes onto one graph so we can all see where we stand.

Take the test!


Andrew Brown said...

Just about between the two of you:

Economic Left/Right: -1.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.74

Sam said...

Economic Left/Right: -3.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.26

Good to know.

ph said...

Economic left/right -1.63
Social/Authoritarian -0.77

But I am the most right wing authoritarian person that I know.

the thin white duke said...

Economic L/R -0.75
Lib Auth -5.85

Bloody hell I am a lefty, that took me by surprise. My Libertarian credentials have never been in doubt but a lefty!!!
Mind you I was listening to Led Zeppelin at the time. Would that make a difference??
The Duke

Anonymous said...

Far lower right corner of authoritarian box.

Did anyone else have some question about the questions or feel boxed into an issue they do not necessarily suppor? dw

Anonymous said...

scuse me, lower right corner of the left side authoritarian box,

Steve said...

Economic Left/Right: 0.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.03

Citizeness Sane said...

Economic Left/Right: -6.13
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.49

Joe said...

Economic Left/Right: -9.13
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.90

tafka PP said...

Economic Left/Right: -3.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.10

I guess you can take the girl out of the Sociology Department...

Anonymous said...

Don't know about you guys but I'm gonna take that test again and make myself a conservative.

Anonymous said...

I'm gutted, as a Conservative voter I hoped to be somewhere in the upper right. However, I have come in at a shameful -1.25 and -3.54. That probably puts me on a par with Prescott or Red Ken!


Hobbzee said...

Here's mine
Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: -1.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.49

I am somewhat surprised by the outcome of my test considering I am in favour of bringing back hanging, public flogging and national service! what's going on? I expected to be cosying up to Hitler (or at least Friedman) but I am only just cosying up to Citizen Zane and he's a big wet leftie if ever there was one ;) even if he's marked on the map as otherwise.

Citizen Sane said...

Ok Hobbzee, you're on there. Sure is crowded on the moderate libertarian left.

Bloody lefties!