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New link added on my sidebar to My Political Compass

If you’re on Facebook, you may know that one of the external applications you can get there is a “Compass” created by the Washington Post to gauge whether you’re “right” or “left” or “moderate”. It’s fun, but limited to 10 questions and mostly to do with US politics. A far better site to test your leanings is The Political Compass, which has 6 pages of questions and tracks on a chart from your replies both your political/social views as well as your economic views. I’ve just added a link to it on my right sidebar (they have listed html/php code at their site that allows one to add it to blogs as a link).

You can see how they analyze here, but these are a couple of charts from them to show how the chart is made up – the left/right scale is the economic barometer (communism/collectivism -> Neo-liberalism/Libertarianism) while the up/down scale is the political one (authoritarian/fascism down to Anarchism/Libertarian) The 2nd chart shows where some current world leaders sit on the Political Compass.


As for how I scored:


All in all, an interesting site and a fun exercise to participate in. I’m hoping that sometime the makers of this will make it into a Facebook application, because its far more precise at showing where one sits on the political axis. I’ve also added it at the Progressive Bloggers site for people to go to it from there.


10 comments to New link added on my sidebar to My Political Compass

  • Whoah, April Reign! And I thought <i>I</i> was a godless pinko-commie. πŸ™‚

    I did this about three years ago, linked from Daily Kos.  Plotted ocver here at
    I'm  -8.00/-8.41

  • Well, Stephen's name is in the right place, even if his dot (and heart, it seems as of late), are not. 😎

  • Not quite true. Milton Friedman was as economically libertarian/neo-liberal right as they come.. but he was no authoritarian.  I think the scale does very well in its 4 line model of showing how world leaders and such are.  I'd read the FAQ and the analysis if you don't agree with what their model is.. and I think you'd see where they were coming from, because they do quite a good job of explaining their analysis.

  • I did that test several months ago. I think I scored negative 8 on both dimensions roughly. It is a highly limited test. Moreover, to suggest that neo-liberalism is similar to libertarianism is up the pole. Neo-liberalism is actually quite economically right and authoritarian in that involves Superpowers tinkering with the global markets to suit their interests.

  • Economic left/right: -5.13, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.67. Given my stands on some issues, I am a bit surprised I skewed more libertarian than I expected … but this is a very good barometer of measuring one’s political sense.

    Better than a much more involved “test” at OKCupid I tried about a year or so ago.

  • Heh. I think you're safe, judging from those scores πŸ˜‰

  • Economic Left/Right: -5.63
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.13

    I'm righter than you and more authoritarian.

    So, I guess if you aren't classified as a "progressive", I guess I'm doomed. πŸ˜‰

  • Gayle

    You and I are close Scott, which proves that this test does not measure hockey fandom πŸ˜†

    I do wonder about some of the questions though, like this:”Those who are able to work, and refuse the opportunity, should not expect society’s support.”

    It seems obvious that one should agree with this one (and I did), but then I probably determine one’s “ability” to work differently than others. For example, someone who is homeless, may be “able” to work in that s/he has the capacity to work, but finding work when you are homeless is very difficult, and even when you do find work it is hard to maintain that employment when you do not know where you will be sleeping which affects arriving to work on time, nor do you have access to a shower, which affects your employer’s desire to fire you. That person I would say is not “able” to work.

  • Not surprised at that score πŸ™‚

  • Economic Left/Right: -9.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.64  :mrgreen:

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