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PoliticalCompass.org amusing quizz to score your political leanings

Here is an amusing online quizz at PolitcalCompass.org that tries to map out and score your political coordinates using botha “left/right” and “authoritarian/libertarian” scale.

This is what I scored …

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Interesting how being forced to choose between what seem like 4 simplistic alternatives- “stongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree” – makes you think through your own position.

For instance, the first question asks …

If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations.

Which of the 4 options do I choose?

My thinking goes something like this … inevitable? hardly … anyway playing along … false dichotomy … treat it as a trick question … I support free market … do not see globalization as a threat … like it and believe in it actually … but some corporations get privileges which is wrong … I could say strongly disagree because the statement seems anti free market … but since I do not automatically consider trans-nationals as good I will choose agree … that will keep open the notion that interests of humanity and those of corporations generally … usually coincide but that is not inevitable. Next question ….

That was fun!

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4 Comments

  1. Apparently I am Economic Left/Right: 6.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.08

    Here are a couple of my favorite questions:

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  2. Good evening BB,

    Thanks for sharing the results of your quizz.

    Your background thinking on the questions was pretty much like mine.

    I wonder if the questions are deliberately “slanted” as you put it.

    It would be interesting to find out more about how such quizzes are designed.

    Glad you enjoyed it! 😀

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  3. Ralph Buttigieg

    June 30, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    G’day,

    I found myself in the same quarter square as Prodos did. You will note its the only square that has no well know political leader. If asked about my political leanings I tell people I’m Left Right Out.

    ta

    Ralph

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  4. Luckily, I tested at the same north/south level as Prodos (husband) – five squares down from the center line – but two squares to the west. Very close. That must be why we got married.

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