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my political compass August 27, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in politics.

A special thanks to “Beep Beep” for finding this test. It is similar to the one that you can find at OK Cupid but much more accurate and questions that are not so ambigous. I have also posted this chart on the “about” page on this blog. I will not get into a huge rant about my political ideology as that could take a while and I am not really in the mood. Here is a short write up on the test as provided by Political Compass:


The usual understanding of anarchism as a left wing ideology does not take into account the neo-liberal “anarchism” championed by the likes of Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman and America’s Libertarian Party, which couples law of the jungle right-wing economics with liberal positions on most social issues. Often their libertarian impulses stop short of opposition to strong law and order positions, and are more economic in substance (ie no taxes) so they are not as extremely libertarian as they are extremely right wing. On the other hand, the classical libertarian collectivism of anarcho-syndicalism ( libertarian socialism) belongs in the bottom left hand corner.

In our home page we demolished the myth that authoritarianism is necessarily “right wing”, with the examples of Robert Mugabe, Pol Pot and Stalin. Similarly Hitler, on an economic scale, was not an extreme right-winger. His economic policies were broadly Keynesian, and to the left of some of today’s Labour parties. If you could get Hitler and Stalin to sit down together and avoid economics, the two diehard authoritarians would find plenty of common ground.

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1. beepbeepitsme - August 27, 2006

Thanks for the plug mate 🙂

2. My Political Compass « One Thing I Know - August 28, 2006

[…] Thanks to Brad Richert for his posting this on his site and providing a link to where anyone can take this test. It seems fairly accurate to me, as I consider myself both socially and economically liberal. Besides, I kinda like being in the company of Nelson Mandela and the Dali Lama. Here is a chart that shows where I show up on this “compass,” and below you will find a description of how this idea was developed. For more information and to take the test for yourself, go here. […]

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