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Old 06-20-2013, 06:07 AM   #16
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Apart from everyone's own compass, this is one I find really interesting:


It shows the candidates of the 2012 US presidential election in one compass. As noted on that page:
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We list these because many of Obama's detractors absurdly portray him as either a radical liberal or a socialist, while his apologists, equally absurdly, continue to view him as a well-intentioned progressive, tragically thwarted by overwhelming pressures.
So yeah, the next one who refers to Obama as a socialist or something equal on the hard left deserves to be mocked.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:17 AM   #17
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BTW, this is me. Apparently.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:10 AM   #18
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Interesting. I'm -3.5 towards Left and -2.05 towards Libertarian.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:36 AM   #19
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-7,-2.46. About as far to the left as most people here so far, yet not quite as far south of authoritarian as the rest of you. Either way, in the green box with everyone who isn't dig or sp.
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:43 PM   #20
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Still not really sure this is accurate.

Then there's this one:

http://www.bestpoliticalquiz.com/

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Old 06-23-2013, 12:10 PM   #21
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:52 PM   #22
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Economic Left/Right: -9.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.95

Not really surprised about the result.
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:55 PM   #23
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i think this one's a bit too simplistic, but damn if i didn't take it anyway
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:58 PM   #24
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i think this one's a bit too simplistic, but damn if i didn't take it anyway
We have a winner in the 2013 Interference Joseph Stalin Memorial Award for Leftism.
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:22 PM   #25
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Whatevs. I'm not sure that I buy the libertarian label. I consider myself to be very socially liberal policy-wise, socially moderate (leaning leftwards) in terms of more personal beliefs, and moderately leftist on international affairs (but that's a source of great difficulty for me, and probably where I'm most flexible). In economics, I think I'm a Keynesian when it comes to recessionary policy (though I am far from certain that Keynesianism is actually correct, and I take issue with certain brands of it), and I think the government should step in to create better equality of opportunity, but I think I have a fairly capitalist temperament, and I'm very pro-free trade. So maybe this is reasonably accurate.
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:33 PM   #26
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Anyone else get the idea that these compass tests are dealing in a bunch of platitudes?

"What's good for the most successful corporations is always, ultimately, good for all of us."

"Mothers may have careers, but their first duty is to be homemakers."

"You cannot be moral without being religious."

These are not exactly subtle indicators of one's political standing.
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:25 AM   #27
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We have a winner in the 2013 Interference Joseph Stalin Memorial Award for Leftism.
haha, yeah i'm not kidding when i say i'm a leftist, probably even by global standards.

i don't get why sites are so keen to stick a libertarian label on people though. it's been a few years since my politics class, but i don't think we even discussed them, and we did look at politics on both a national and global scale. but i've never been on the moderate side of the political scale (at least since i've cared about politics), so maybe i've just subconsciously tuned it out.

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Anyone else get the idea that these compass tests are dealing in a bunch of platitudes?

These are not exactly subtle indicators of one's political standing.
yeah, it was pretty easy (to me, at least) to know how the quiz was going to turn out. i still answered everything as i felt, but i couldn't help but feel like it reminded me of "which u2 member r u" quiz or something. clearly if i pick "scowl disapprovingly at everything" for the question "what is your modus operandi" i'm going to get larry.
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:23 AM   #28
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Then there's this one:

Best Political Quiz
Wow, that one's terrible, and some of the questions are either irrelevant or poorly phrased for anybody outside the US.
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Anyone else get the idea that these compass tests are dealing in a bunch of platitudes?

"What's good for the most successful corporations is always, ultimately, good for all of us."

"Mothers may have careers, but their first duty is to be homemakers."

"You cannot be moral without being religious."

These are not exactly subtle indicators of one's political standing.
Seriously, I'm not even sure why we still take it? We all know that basically everyone here is in the little green corner anyway, or at least in that square. It's not exactly the most politically diverse of forums.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:37 AM   #30
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Seems like I'm a filthy liberal after all. Well that was totally unexpected.
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