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Political Compass

The other day, after a discussion with a couple of friends, I got to thinking about what label I’d give myself, as far as political persuasion goes. I’ve seen some cheesy little quizzes on MySpace and Facebook that ask you a dozen questions, and expect to put you into a neat little category based on how “left” or “right” you are. But something just didn’t sit right with me. I lean towards Democrat on some things, and Republican on others.

So, I went searching, trying to find a way to find out a bit more about my beliefs, and if they fall into something quite different than what I’d assumed I was. One of my friends thought maybe I might be a Libertarian. I wasn’t even sure what that was, to be completely honest. *sigh* More research. Like I needed more of that in my life. LOL

Anyway, to get to the point, I found this great, wonderfully comprehensive site called The Political Compass. There are quite a few questions that they ask, and your answers fall into one of 4 categories: Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, or Strongly Disagree. Once completed, you’ll have a wonderful idea of where you sit, politically. An excerpt from the front page:

“The idea was developed by a political journalist with a university counselling background, assisted by a professor of social history. They’re indebted to people like Wilhelm Reich and Theodor Adorno for their ground-breaking work in this field. We believe that, in an age of diminishing ideology, a new generation in particular will get a better idea of where they stand politically – and the sort of political company they keep.”

Now, go take the test! Go ahead … I’ll wait. I have more to talk about, but don’t want to give too much away before you’ve completed it. Don’t scroll down until you’ve taken the test for yourself.

Tick

Tock

Hurry along, I’ll still be here when you’re done.

Tap

Tap

Well, what are you waiting for? Go already!

Ok, done? Good, now I can get into some deeper conversation about the test and results.

Just in case you’re curious about my results, here they are:

My results

As you can see, I fall right in the middle of Left, and middle of Libertarian. I guess my friend was at least partially right about me. What I found interesting was that my score fell very close to that of Gandhi, The Dalai Lama, and Nelson Mandela. WOW!

Historical figures
Historical figures

You’ll notice that I’m at the opposite end of the spectrum from alot of (ok, most of) the world’s politicians, not the least of which is Hitler. But what I found the most intriguing of all, is how many of our politicians are very close to where Hitler falls on the spectrum.

This first chart is from the 2008 Presidential Election. Take particular notice to where Sarah Palin and John McCain are on the chart. I have to say that Palin is WAY too close to Hitler for my liking, and should be for everyone else, as well! I mean, how scary is that?!

2008 US politicians

I would love to see more current results, as people’s political views change over time, although not too drastically, as you can see from the chart of the 2008 Primaries:

2008 US politicians

I would also like to see some more politicians and political figures, such as Supreme Court Justices and Senators and Congressmen. Also, people like those on Faux Noise, like Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly, who I’m guessing would fall even closer to Hitler than Palin. I suppose it wouldn’t be too difficult, given that their ideals are pretty public and well known.

So, where do you rank on this social-political spectrum?

Oh, and I thought I should mention that the FAQ page is very informative. And also, this site has been around since 2001, long before people like Obama and Palin were household names.

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