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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Hammertime, Right Wing Nut Job

Or am I?

With a scale of +10 being most 'right' economically and most authoritarian on social issues, I fell:


"Economic Left/Right: 3.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.77 "

I actually fall very close to John Kerry on their chart...which makes me very suspicious of the creators.

Still, it's entertaining for five minutes.

Try it:
Political Compass

Hat Tip: Eric.

7 Comments:

  • Hammer, my blog template can be found at Current Template. Feel free to borrow pieces you need. For the comments and trackback portion look at the style class in it called postinfo and then look at the div with a class="postinfo". This is where the comments, permalinks, trackbacks, etc. are set up.

    Eric

    By Anonymous Eric Copperthwaite, at 3/02/2005 10:35:00 AM  

  • Hammer,

    Man! I'd have dropped out of that political compass thing just from reading the first question:
    "If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations."...(lol...I don't think we need to "be suspicious" about the creators...I think we "know" where they stand.)
    but I went ahead and finished it since it was on this blog.

    Score:
    Economic Left/Right: 6.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian:
    -1.90

    By Anonymous David Hunley, at 3/02/2005 10:36:00 AM  

  • Economic Left/Right: -4.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.77

    I expected the economic one to be closer to zero or even slightly positive.

    I don't know about the bias, they had questions worded differently, some biased one way and some another, probably a good idea to get a more accurate score.

    Compare:
    "Making peace with the establishment is an important aspect of maturity."
    With:
    "In a civilised society, one must always have people above to be obeyed and people below to be commanded."

    Or better yet, compare:
    "In criminal justice, punishment should be more important than rehabilitation."
    With:
    "It is a waste of time to try to rehabilitate some criminals."

    By Anonymous Mark, at 3/02/2005 10:37:00 AM  

  • Mark,

    Yeah, those questions bothered me too. Like that "making peace" one...first we'd have to determine what kind of peace, because peace in and of itself is not always a good thing; then we'd have to determine what kind of "establishment" we were dealing with; then deal with the whole maturity thing. This was a terribly worded test altogether.

    By Anonymous David Hunley, at 3/02/2005 10:37:00 AM  

  • I find those kinds of questions annoying, but that doesn't mean it's a bad test. Purposefully asking the same question twice, once so it pushes you one way and once so it pushes you the other way seems like a reasonable way to put together something like this. My preferred answer for most of the questions was "it depends".

    By Anonymous Mark, at 3/02/2005 10:38:00 AM  

  • That's my big problem with this test was that there was no option to say "I could care less about this question because I'm a Rational Anarchist anyway". Okay, maybe they couldn't quite give that option, but how about a neutral answer?

    By Anonymous Eric Cowperthwaite, at 3/02/2005 10:39:00 AM  

  • Hammer,

    This isn't about anything really...but your comment about googling a name inspired me to google my own. The fourth hit was a haloscan comment on your blog!! Don't you find that interesting?

    By Anonymous David Hunley, at 3/02/2005 10:39:00 AM  

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