Recalibrating and Correcting the ‘Political Compass’ | Enjoyment and Contemplation

If you try taking the test, you can see part of why they go so wrong—the questions are a mess of logical category confusion, feelings, public policy, individual choices, and culture.  Statist assumptions also run through many of the questions, as a starting point taken for granted, and many of the questions assume false dichotomies (and offer limited multiple-choice options, often all obviously incorrect).  The result is that any results the test gives are all but meaningless, even as a relative measure of one’s own positions.

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4 thoughts on “Recalibrating and Correcting the ‘Political Compass’ | Enjoyment and Contemplation”

  1. “All people have their rights, but it is better for all of us that different sorts of people should keep to their own kind. ” – Huh? I can’t even begin to grok that.

    “The most important thing for children to learn is to accept discipline.” – Are we talking corporal punishment discipline or the ability to stay focused and stay with something until it’s finished discipline?

    “Mothers may have careers, but their first duty is to be homemakers.” – this question sounds contrived push a certain viewpoint. ANY parent’s first duty should be to supporting the family, not necessarily as a stay at home parent.

    -Usually (as in every one except this one) my political leanings charts show me as slightly left-slightly libertarian. This one plotted me as a slightly right-libertarian. Of course, this one also shows Hitler as a slightly right-major authoritarian, which makes me think they didn’t study Fascism too closely.

    1. I get the impression they didn’t study much of anything.

      It would be interesting if they defined all their terms, though.

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