Thursday, October 28, 2010

Political Compass results

Inspired by Skippy's recent post, I revisited the Political Compass, a site I go to every couple of years, and retested myself to see whether I've finally veered away from my self-professed centrism. Results:

Not much seems to have changed, though I could have sworn that, this time around, some of my answers tilted much further to the right than previously (2005, 2007).



hahnak said...

heres where i stand today

Kevin Kim said...

crazed leftie, all hellbent on gulags and borscht, dyeing your Labor Party flags in the blood of newborns

John said...

Tha's a cool test! I might use it on my students. By the way I am close to Ghandi in outlook not waistline.

Sean said...

Here's mine. I've taken this a few times and can never remember what I got previously or what it means. I always have to re-educate myself.

Charles said...

I had to look back at your 2007 post to see what I had gotten back then. My previous scores were:

Economic Left/Right: -2.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.90

This time around, I swung out a tiny bit further left in Economic and a little toward the center in Social.

Economic Left/Right: -2.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.18


Kevin Kim said...


I thought you were New Zealand's lone conservative. What happened?


Part of the problem, I think, is that every country has a different way to interpret what words like "conservative" and "liberal" (or "left" and "right") mean. In Korea, for example, a Chosun Ilbo-style conservative is often someone who remembers the bad old days of dictatorship with fondness. That sort of love for government power and influence would normally map onto the American spectrum as liberal (i.e., pro-Big Government), but then along comes GW Bush, a self-avowed conservative who did a lot to expand government power and influence.

My basic point is that political confusion is justified.


I saw that you had written, in 2007, that living in a foreign country probably had a lot to do with your scores. I was about to write the same thing re: your latest results, but you obviously beat me to it three years ago.