What does your political compass look like?

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#1 Posted by SOedipus (11394 posts) -

I think we're due for one of these types of threads.

I went to politicalcompass.org (not advertising) because I've always used that one in the past and it's interesting to see how things have changed. I understand that the "test" is limited in the type of questions that it asks but it's something. The last time I took it I was more in the centre, and before that I was left. It looks like I'm more left than before. My beliefs have not really changed but the site may have added or changed questions. It also doesn't help that there is no "I don't care" option. You have to agree or disagree on something and it forces you to pick a selection. Perhaps I picked the opposite choice last time.

For those who want to share, what does your political compass look like? What other "tests" have you used or recommend? Has your compass changed? I know these things are unnecessary, since people know where they stand but I thought it'd be fun.

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#2 Posted by Serraph105 (33647 posts) -

I remember taking this test and ending up much closer to the middle, but the same box if memory serves. I'm pretty comfortable with the drift to the left though as well as the libertarian leanings. I'm far more knowledgeable and thus confident in views than I would have been several years ago.

Based on what I was thinking regarding these questions the libertarian side is less about government getting out of my life as it is with wanting corporations to get out of my life. I don't think that government should tell people what to do regarding sex or drugs, but I'm very cool with government regulating industry to keep said industry from collecting data on everything I do.

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#5 Posted by Horgen (120143 posts) -

I won't say it is entirely accurate, there is always a chance I misunderstood some of the questions. And "I don't care" should have been there.

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#6 Posted by npiet1 (2066 posts) -

@SOedipus: I've done this a few times Mines a square above and right to yours. But funny enough some people say I'm right when I don't agree with them.

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#7 Posted by Nuck81 (7409 posts) -

I've drifted left because I am much more against massive corporations and their illegal data collection on everything we do.

I'm also against government propping up select business with taxpayer money and then lamenting about safety nets for the taxpayers

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#8 Posted by AnthonyAutumns (1678 posts) -

A few years ago, I took this test. It was flipped upside down. I was a bit authoritarian.

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#9 Posted by Maroxad (15229 posts) -

Well, that I didn't expect.

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#10 Edited by KungfuKitten (26409 posts) -

OK this is mine. I did find that I had easy answers to more questions than the last time. I don't really know where I was last time on the compass, I only remember it was somewhere in the same quadrant.

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#11 Edited by LJS9502_basic (166332 posts) -

Not surprised. Tends to always fall that way.

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#12 Posted by Jacanuk (18252 posts) -

Hmm, not that surprising

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#13 Posted by LJS9502_basic (166332 posts) -

@Jacanuk: Surprises me. I'd put you higher in authoritarian. Also right.

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#14 Posted by Jacanuk (18252 posts) -
@LJS9502_basic said:

@Jacanuk: Surprises me. I'd put you higher in authoritarian. Also right.

Nah not that right or authoritarian, but it shows how far left the Democrats have gone in the last few years.

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#15 Posted by vl4d_l3nin (1799 posts) -

The site has changed last time I was on it. Don't like the color scheme. Too clinical.

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#16 Posted by Chutebox (44484 posts) -

Chuckled when I read the abstract art question

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#18 Posted by evilross (1975 posts) -

That was interesting. I feel some of the questions were a little loaded, but overall not bad.

I’d post mine but after being a member of Gamespot for over 12 years I have no idea how to post images from moble.

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#19 Posted by evilross (1975 posts) -

@Chutebox:

Yea, some of the questions were assumptive and meaningless. Your opinion on the value of abstract art doesn’t have anything to do with your political values.

There also seemed to be a lack of issues I care about, such as property rights, government over reach, taxs, and militarized police.

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#20 Posted by Chutebox (44484 posts) -

@evilross: Definetly needed a neutral or no opinion choice.

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#21 Posted by mrbojangles25 (43765 posts) -

Social libertarian, which makes sense. I follow the golden rule, but also feel that people can't really be trusted a lot of the time.

@Jacanuk said:
@LJS9502_basic said:

@Jacanuk: Surprises me. I'd put you higher in authoritarian. Also right.

Nah not that right or authoritarian, but it shows how far left the Democrats have gone in the last few years.

Yeah no kidding.

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#22 Posted by sonicare (56647 posts) -

Mine just says "batshit crazy"

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#23 Posted by topgunmv (10769 posts) -

Always near the same spot every time I've taken it over the years, give or take a small square in either direction.

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#25 Posted by Horgen (120143 posts) -

@Jacanuk said:
@LJS9502_basic said:

@Jacanuk: Surprises me. I'd put you higher in authoritarian. Also right.

Nah not that right or authoritarian, but it shows how far left the Democrats have gone in the last few years.

You're more left leaning when it comes to education, aren't you? (If one view you as more right leaning than this test gives the impression of)

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#26 Posted by SOedipus (11394 posts) -

Most people seem to be in the green quadrant, which isn't surprising.

@npiet1 said:

@SOedipus: I've done this a few times Mines a square above and right to yours. But funny enough some people say I'm right when I don't agree with them.

People have done the same to me as well. It makes them feel that they have an edge in the conversation or something.

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Mine just says "batshit crazy"

We already knew that :p

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#27 Posted by npiet1 (2066 posts) -

@SOedipus: yeah, it's like being far left instantly makes you right in a discussion. A guy on here named tryit always did it but he isn't active anymore. There's another but he still is.

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#28 Posted by comp_atkins (35589 posts) -

seems about where i landed last time i took the test a few years ago

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#29 Posted by Jacanuk (18252 posts) -
@horgen said:
@Jacanuk said:
@LJS9502_basic said:

@Jacanuk: Surprises me. I'd put you higher in authoritarian. Also right.

Nah not that right or authoritarian, but it shows how far left the Democrats have gone in the last few years.

You're more left leaning when it comes to education, aren't you? (If one view you as more right leaning than this test gives the impression of)

Yes, I am for complete free education for proper subjects, so I am leaning left on that issue.

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#30 Posted by mattbbpl (16982 posts) -

Thats a perfect illustration of the pitfalls of these scales. Two opposite- end positions place you square in the middle, but it's a deceptive positioning.

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#31 Posted by SOedipus (11394 posts) -

@npiet1 said:

@SOedipus: yeah, it's like being far left instantly makes you right in a discussion. A guy on here named tryit always did it but he isn't active anymore. There's another but he still is.

That dude was a troll. It was almost impossible to have a coherent discussion with him and he admitted to being a racist. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s banned.

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#32 Edited by Master_Live (19377 posts) -

About right I suppose.

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#33 Posted by npiet1 (2066 posts) -

@SOedipus said:
@npiet1 said:

@SOedipus: yeah, it's like being far left instantly makes you right in a discussion. A guy on here named tryit always did it but he isn't active anymore. There's another but he still is.

That dude was a troll. It was almost impossible to have a coherent discussion with him and he admitted to being a racist. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s banned.

I wish I could like a comment. Yeah it wouldn't surprise me if he was. From other post its obvious he had mental issues.

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#34 Posted by tenaka2 (17168 posts) -

Trumps a c€£t. Does that count?

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#36 Posted by Horgen (120143 posts) -

@mattbbpl said:

Thats a perfect illustration of the pitfalls of these scales. Two opposite- end positions place you square in the middle, but it's a deceptive positioning.

It's the best you can get when you are aiming for something so simple.

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#37 Posted by mattbbpl (16982 posts) -

@horgen said:
@mattbbpl said:

Thats a perfect illustration of the pitfalls of these scales. Two opposite- end positions place you square in the middle, but it's a deceptive positioning.

It's the best you can get when you are aiming for something so simple.

Yeah, as long as people are aware of the weaknesses it serves a purpose.

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#38 Posted by Stevo_the_gamer (45133 posts) -

Rather boring, I would say.

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#39 Posted by Chutebox (44484 posts) -
@SOedipus said:
@npiet1 said:

@SOedipus: yeah, it's like being far left instantly makes you right in a discussion. A guy on here named tryit always did it but he isn't active anymore. There's another but he still is.

That dude was a troll. It was almost impossible to have a coherent discussion with him and he admitted to being a racist. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s banned.

He also had zero clue on how a woman's body works haha

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#40 Posted by sonicare (56647 posts) -

@mattbbpl said:

Thats a perfect illustration of the pitfalls of these scales. Two opposite- end positions place you square in the middle, but it's a deceptive positioning.

I did it again, and mine reads "Major Asshole"

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#41 Posted by mattbbpl (16982 posts) -

@sonicare: It's bound to get an accurate result once in a while. :-p

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#42 Posted by npiet1 (2066 posts) -

@Chutebox said:
@SOedipus said:
@npiet1 said:

@SOedipus: yeah, it's like being far left instantly makes you right in a discussion. A guy on here named tryit always did it but he isn't active anymore. There's another but he still is.

That dude was a troll. It was almost impossible to have a coherent discussion with him and he admitted to being a racist. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s banned.

He also had zero clue on how a woman's body works haha

He admitted he had zero friends or family irl. I surprised so many people remember him, but its all for the wrong reasons.

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#43 Posted by Horgen (120143 posts) -

@Jacanuk said:

Yes, I am for complete free education for proper subjects, so I am leaning left on that issue.

Which is a very left leaning stance. At least in US politics. The details would be in what is considered a proper subject, but that is a different discussion.

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#44 Posted by sonicare (56647 posts) -

@mattbbpl said:

@sonicare: It's bound to get an accurate result once in a while. :-p

lol. absolutely. I can be self reflective.

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#45 Edited by uninspiredcup (32750 posts) -

Economic Left/Right: -3.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.46

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#46 Posted by tocool340 (21356 posts) -

....Seems almost accurate under today's climate...

Economic Left/Right: -1.5

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.95

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#47 Posted by Jacanuk (18252 posts) -
@horgen said:
@Jacanuk said:

Yes, I am for complete free education for proper subjects, so I am leaning left on that issue.

Which is a very left leaning stance. At least in US politics. The details would be in what is considered a proper subject, but that is a different discussion.

Yes, but if you look at the benefits it´s actually something that benefits everyone especially in a capitalist society where more and more jobs are vanishing because of automation.

And ya what is a proper education is a topic for another time.

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#48 Posted by foxhound_fox (97852 posts) -

It's always south of the equator, and either slightly left or centralized.

Yep.

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#49 Edited by Gaming-Planet (19917 posts) -

And ya'll thought I was right-wing. I don't like corporatism and I do not like big government.

Economic Left/Right: -3.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.97

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#50 Posted by Rockman999 (7468 posts) -

At this point I'm just straight up hard Anti-Conservative. I don't need a graph to tell me what I already know.

It's cool if you want to live in a theocratic ethnostate with the christian equivalent of sharia law and rampant pedophilia but keep that banjos and moonshine shit out of my state, New York, and especially stay the **** out of NYC.