Monday 25 October 2004

Left or right: it ain't necessarily so

I was pleased to see this item in yesterday's Sunday Times:
IF you think you know whether your politics are right-wing or left-wing, think again. An online quiz that rates where participants stand in the political spectrum is proving a revelation in Britain and America.
The quiz is well-known in the US but this is first time I've seen it mentioned in the mainstream press in Britain.

You can find out where you stand in the political spectrum by going here.

1 comment:

David Farrer said...

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Young Fogey
Simon Jester - good to see another fan of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress around!!! 
disbelieving in astrology makes you an authoritarian? 
No, I think the reverse - believing in astrology makes you an authoritarian AFAIK. It comes from a questionnaire used by the US occpuation forces to detect Nazi sympathisers after the war. 
I love the Political Compass question. I always end up being much more of a hardcore libertarian (Right -0.88 Authoritarian -8.51) than all these national conservatives who call themselves libertarians because they want lower taxes; while supporting the invasion of Iraq and opposing gay marriage.

2 November 2004, 17:22:15 GMT
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It is a shame that it does not ask "are you in favour of the free movement of goods, services, capital and labour across international boundaries?" 
None of you anti-immigrants could then boast that you were "100% libertarian", because you right-wingers all oppose economic migration.

2 November 2004, 15:36:56 GMT
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Andrew Ian Dodge
The Political Compass is very biased to the left and has some appalling questions.

31 October 2004, 15:02:25 GMT
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Libertarian (bordering Centrist). 
I guess that gives the lie to those contributors who are fond of calling me "left". 
Personally, I prefer the label Centrist.

30 October 2004, 21:27:20 GMT+01:00
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Simon Jester
100% libertarian on the WSPQ - quelle surprise. 
Tried in the past, hated it. Vast reams of dodgy questions - some meaningless, some slanted, some merely inapplicable. Also, some extremely strange interpretation - disbelieving in astrology makes you an authoritarian?

28 October 2004, 17:27:14 GMT+01:00
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Young Fogey
Have you tried ? It's a UK-specific version.

27 October 2004, 16:53:10 GMT+01:00
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Andrew Ian Dodge
100% libertarian me as well.

26 October 2004, 01:40:08 GMT+01:00
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Neil Craig
Centrist offset by 1 towards left liberal. Guess i am just a wishy washy liberal after all.

25 October 2004, 22:53:57 GMT+01:00
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Rob Read
100%, 100% Libertarian through and through!

25 October 2004, 18:52:00 GMT+01:00
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Young Fogey
"Borderline between Left (Liberal) and Libertarian." Pretty accurate in my case, I think.

25 October 2004, 15:10:07 GMT+01:00
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steve shackleton
Rather a limited number of answers to decide I am a libertarian, there must be more to it than this?

25 October 2004, 12:45:49 GMT+01:00