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Published on March 1, 2013 By Draginol In Everything Else

I’ve taken tests like this before. Very interesting to see where people end up.

Here’s the test:

http://www.politicalcompass.org/test

My result:

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http://www.politicalcompass.org/printablegraph?ec=1.00&soc=-3.18


Comments (Page 3)
on Mar 01, 2013

Fuzzy Logic
What does that say about me...

You both used some "fuzzy logic"?

on Mar 01, 2013

This apparently puts me closer to Milton Friedman then anyone else. Not surprising really since I'm an economics student.

 

There are some weird questions on this test, that don't seem to have much to do with anything...

"Our race has many superior qualities, compared with other races."

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend."

"Controlling inflation is more important than controlling unemployment."

"Abstract art that doesn't represent anything shouldn't be considered art at all."

"Astrology accurately explains many things."

 

After extensively going over their site I disagree with some of their premises.  They fail to adequately differentiate between social and economic left. Being for gay marriage makes you socially left, as it means less regulation and government. Being for welfare makes you both socially left and authoritarian, as welfare requires expanding government size and power as well redistribution of wealth by force. There is a reason the right-lib section of the chart is empty of historic examples even though tons of people get results there. It's because the authors have built unwarranted positive correlation between right and authoritative scores into this test. This is also why no one is scoring left-author.

on Mar 01, 2013

I guess this means I'm red...

on Mar 01, 2013

DsRaider


"Controlling inflation is more important than controlling unemployment." 


This is one of the most relevant questions on the survey.  As an economics student you hopefully will come to realize that.  

It's the fundamental question in central banking and the core tension between Keynes and Friedman or, more broadly, between the left and right economic views of the world before you get into the extremes at either end.  A persons answer to that question reveals a lot about how they think of economics and government's role in economics and society.  

on Mar 01, 2013

Kantok

This is one of the most relevant questions on the survey. As an economics student you hopefully will come to realize that.

It's the fundamental question in central banking and the core tension between Keynes and Friedman or, more broadly, between the left and right economic views of the world before you get into the extremes at either end. A persons answer to that question reveals a lot about how they think of economics and government's role in economics and society.

Yes but in theory it's a economic question not a political one as central banks are totally apolitical. In theory this question has an actual scientific answer, although there is argument over what it is. Also it's not one most people would understand. Making Keynes left wing and Friedman right wing is a gross oversimplification that distorts their theories. Both use scientific arguments and these should not be viewed through a political lens.

on Mar 01, 2013

http://www.politicalcompass.org/printablegraph?ec=1.00&soc=11.05

 

Wow, I am worse then Hitler.......Jawohl!

on Mar 01, 2013

DsRaider


Quoting Kantok, reply 34
This is one of the most relevant questions on the survey. As an economics student you hopefully will come to realize that.

It's the fundamental question in central banking and the core tension between Keynes and Friedman or, more broadly, between the left and right economic views of the world before you get into the extremes at either end. A persons answer to that question reveals a lot about how they think of economics and government's role in economics and society.

Yes but in theory it's a economic question not a political one as central banks are totally apolitical. In theory this question has an actual scientific answer, although there is argument over what it is. Also it's not one most people would understand. Making Keynes left wing and Friedman right wing is a gross oversimplification that distorts their theories. Both use scientific arguments and these should not be viewed through a political lens.

Of course its a simplification of their theories.  Both men spent decades studying and writing their beliefs.  I wrote two sentences.  

The fact remains that who subscribes to which theory roughly follows the economic left/right divide and roughly follows what people believe about the role of government in society and the economy.  Of course there are exceptions, but in economics or politics or anything that isn't truly hard science there always are.  

Something like this survey is far from an exact science, but any question that can be thought of as generally true is a useful piece of information.  Does the answer to this one question reveal the depths of one's worldview?  No.  But among 30 or 40 other questions it is absolutely a valuable data point. 

on Mar 01, 2013

Well, I'm about where I figured I'd be...

on Mar 01, 2013

DsRaider
Yes but in theory it's a economic question not a political one as central banks are totally apolitical. In theory this question has an actual scientific answer, although there is argument over what it is. Also it's not one most people would understand. Making Keynes left wing and Friedman right wing is a gross oversimplification that distorts their theories. Both use scientific arguments and these should not be viewed through a political lens.
While I'd rather not put words in the mouths of the test authors, I think it's kind of a one-step-removed kind of thing. While the question of unemployment may not be explicitly political (my two classes of economics in high school leave me unequipped to say whether it is or is not), liberals will tend to answer it one way and conservatives the other in the modern US system. It's like asking if a person lives in the South: If they do, they are more likely to be conservative, but that isn't caused by their being closer to the equator.

on Mar 01, 2013

Kantok


Quoting DsRaider, reply 32

"Controlling inflation is more important than controlling unemployment." 



This is one of the most relevant questions on the survey.  As an economics student you hopefully will come to realize that.  

It's the fundamental question in central banking and the core tension between Keynes and Friedman or, more broadly, between the left and right economic views of the world before you get into the extremes at either end.  A persons answer to that question reveals a lot about how they think of economics and government's role in economics and society.  

I agree. I answered "I Agree" on that.  The government's job isn't to try to control unemployment but rather to provide support for an economy that will create jobs.

on Mar 01, 2013

Hey I'm like Gandhi.  Also this reminds me of Sots 2 Government system.   (though lately I run upper left in Sots 2 like Stalin) 

 

Hey I'm the farthest left. Does that make me a radical. (watch out kids) 

 

(high fives tazgecko, gmc2, Lord Xia, Scoutdog) Join the radical group we have cookies!

Economic Left/Right: -7.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.23

on Mar 01, 2013

I had a lot of fun looking at their foreign-election pages. Some of the parties reminded me of the guys on the bottom of this list.

on Mar 01, 2013

I guess I fit in with green party. 

 

on Mar 01, 2013


Me and JAFO are the same LMAO

on Mar 01, 2013

I see your guys point. I guess I was only viewing the question from economic theory point of view, which most people wouldn't see it as.

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