Funny, I know I took this test years ago .. I forget exactly, but I think last time I was pretty much right in the middle of the lower left quadrant.... and I could swear that over the past few years my politcical ideas have evolved to be more towards the center, but here's my results for this time:
does anyone else think they should call the second heading Libertarian/Authoritarian rather than Authoritarian/Libertarian? before taking the poll, i thought everyone was leaning towards authoritarian..
It seems I'm a mildly leftist/ Libertarian. 10 years ago in college, I would have been way more leftist, then in my career, working trying to make as much money as I can, brought me more to the right, now at 30 years, I am trying to find my inner peace again, and may move back a bit towards the left.
I don't see any purpose for identifying people according to a "political compass." Further, the idea that "vectors" worth noting, in people's thinking, such as authoritarian-libertarian, and economic leftism-rightism (I still don't know what leftism and rightism means), are sufficient to characterize a person's political "position," is absurd. That is like saying the only things you need to consider when packing your packing your gear, to go backpacking in the woods, is having a way to know which way north is, and which way up is. This skips that fact that you need to know what climate and temperature are seasonally expected, how much naturally availabe water is available and of what quality it is, what predators can be expected, what foraging material you can expect to find, what your general lattitude will be, what your general altitude will be and on and on. Each thing is separate from the others, and important. Not only is up and down separate from north-south east-west, but latitude is not tied to altitude etcetara -- similarly, many items of interest to people are independently variable with respect to other items. Thus while anti-fetacidists are often expected to be pro-death-penality ists, someone can be anti-fetacide and anti death penalty, there is no "linkage" between beliefs on various subjects, the way people like to pretend there is.
This also explains why I find earthSave to be annoying. They seem to operate from a postion that if someone is a vegetarian, we can automatically assume they prefer organic produce to produce grown with "chemical fertilizers," or we can assume they believe in lots of government regulation of big business, to protect the environment, or we can assume that they dislike hunting and firearms.
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