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I’m more libertarian than I thought I would be but nothing else is a surprise. 

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I’m not surprised on a forum like this to find that most tend towards libertarian. However I am not sure why so many are left of centre. 

The result I got was not quite what i expected. I am not as right wing as i had expected, and also I had expected to be further toward the libertarian end of the scale. I had expected to be in the extreme bottom right-hand corner.

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5 hours ago, WetDave said:

I’m not surprised on a forum like this to find that most tend towards libertarian. However I am not sure why so many are left of centre. 

The result I got was not quite what i expected. I am not as right wing as i had expected, and also I had expected to be further toward the libertarian end of the scale. I had expected to be in the extreme bottom right-hand corner.

 

I mean, I could probably explain in greater detail, but that's not in the purview of the thread.

... Political shitposting/memes aren't either, sadly ;A;

 

If you want an explanation of why I think most of the folks so far seem to lean left, PM me and we can chat about it.

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Why is it surprising that there would be so many left of center types here?

This site has an unusually strong and friendly community for just about any kind of internet forum and has relatively few with a "I've got mine, screw everyone else" mentality, at least among those that don't get banned. Community, cooperation, togetherness, these are kind of important to true leftists while the right(when divorced from the authority/liberty spectrum) is more about every man for himself, crushing competition at any cost, and not caring if others aren't thriving.

Plus, this site has a pretty strong non-American presence, and its my understanding most of the developed world is more left than the US(to the point that what is traditionally called left in the US is actually right-of-center leading to the joke that the US has a one party system with two right wings masquerading as a two party system).

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It's close enough, though I've never much liked the questions on this particular quiz. It's kind of annoying having to answer a question if you disagree with the entire premise of it. Many of the questions are also a bit vague, "misleading the public" could mean several things. Seeing as how you have to agree/disagree with everything on the quiz, it doesn't seem like a good idea to include questions that could have an entirely different meaning from person to person.

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I don't mean this in a negative way to people who don't agree with me, but as someone on the bottom left of the scale I feel very good that a lot of people here share my views

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I’m going to take a wild guess that this statement is towards the republican side since that is a stereotype attached to them for being that way. Speculating that all republicans think that way is completely redundant and misleading to the end result of your predicted political standings, which is why i didn’t really bother to finish the rest of the survey. 

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There are many problems with the political compass compared to more thorough tests, and it seems especially Ameri-centric in a lot of questions.

However, the question is not geared towards a stereotype of US Republicans, but more as a way to measure whether feelings of racial superiority are a considerable part of the test-taker's views. For example, a white supremacist would select 'Strongly Agree' if they were answering honestly.

The breadth of mainstream political opinions in the USA is not very wide, all told, due to the two-party system and heavy control of media between those two poles, with any dissenting opinions disparaged by one or both sides of this duopoly.

In the end, @[X] Doubt, I think that the test is worth taking in its entirety to see whether your opinions line up where you expect them to, or if you're an outlier among what you consider your political affiliation.

As a side note, it might surprise you to hear that almost all of the US Presidents within the last fifty years or so have been confined to the upper half (authoritarian-leaning) of the right quadrant (Center-Right to Moderate-Right), regardless of their own party. the Democrats, for example, who are considered to be 'left wing' are by almost every single metric used by the rest of the world, a dominantly right-wing party. Hell, 'Liberal' in US political discussion makes no sense elsewhere. To the rest of the world, the Republican Party is a Liberal party. (IE, not monarchist, not socialist by a country mile, not fascist.)

 

...Communists, for example, would call all politicians within your two major parties Liberal, and historically speaking, they are correct.

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^Which is why the US is sometimes accused of having a one party system with two right wings masquerading as a two-party system.

Sadly, an electoral system all but rigged to maintain the status quo and 90% of the media controlled by something like 6 companies, most Americans are either convinced a lesser of two evils choice is all they have or are too jaded to even try.

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Your Political Compass

Economic Left/Right: -3.0
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.49

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I would put myself on the economic center line, but as others have pointed out, the fact that you have to agree or disagree to each statement exactly as it is written tends to skew the picture. I thinks it skews it to the left, because even the most convinved capitalist cannot, in good conscience, argue that the only social responsibility of a company should be to deliver a profit to its shareholders, or that what’s good for the most successful corporations is always, ultimately, good for all of us. Those claims are kind of... drastic. 🤔

The social coordinate is dead on, though.

 

8values

 

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https://8values.github.io/results.html?e=61.0&d=59.0&g=74.6&s=82.1

Hmm... oh well. So I'm a socialist by some measure. Fine, whatever. The rest is spot on. ☺️

 

 

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