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I've taken the Political Compass test several times over the last ten years and I neatly bull's eyed it a few years ago. But now I'm drifting far Right and down into Libertarian purple (ie tending toward Anarchism and Neo-liberalism as the graph puts it).

Looks to me like the main difference between Obama and Romney- at least on this chart- is levels of authoritarianism, with Romney being much more dictatorial. Of course, that may be the old Romney who ran in the primaries, not sure where the New Romney that emerged in the debates would be. I do expect he will go the way of New Coke once the election happens though.

Yeah... when political compass is putting EU governments in the right-wing authoritarian camp... I mean, Finland is one of the most socialist countries in the world. Methinks the tool is flawed.

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Yeah... when political compass is putting EU governments in the right-wing authoritarian camp... I mean, Finland is one of the most socialist countries in the world. Methinks the tool is flawed.
Yeah, I mean they have everything in the top right. It's not a very accurate tool for determining differences in parties if they only use one corner of the chart and lump everyone close together. The questions are just awfully biased, they don't say "What do you think about issue XYZ." they say "Do you agree X is awful?" It's basic polling 101 to avoid bias in the questions.

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Originally Posted by Arkaelis
It's good to see some people caring about third party candidates. I feel like their advanced popularity this election has a lot to do with the Facebook generation turning 18, and the fact that quite honestly, both major party candidates are just plain awful. But whatever the reason, I think it's a good thing.
They're not more popular this election than past elections by any means. Maybe than 2008 but there have been strong showings by 3rd parties in the past, MUCH stronger than 2012.

Hmmm.


Puts me pretty close to Nelson Mandela. :-)

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I've taken the Political Compass test several times over the last ten years and I neatly bull's eyed it a few years ago. But now I'm drifting far Right and down into Libertarian purple (ie tending toward Anarchism and Neo-liberalism as the graph puts it).
Huh, and you think that's inaccurate?

I line up 88% with Stien and 80 with Obama. And 97 with Surrealistik.

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Huh, and you think that's inaccurate?
I think its accurate enough. I am tending toward libertarianism compared to where I was a few years ago. Back then I was mostly a one issue voter based on national security.

I think it is, and always has been, heavilly weighted via question bias to bring people towards libertarian, and i think they judge politicians by different criteria that pushes them upwards towards authoritarian. It has always been a libertarian recruiting tool, though personally I think as a recuiting tool they should have flipped the graph and put libertarian on top and authoritarian on the bottom.




 

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