Political Compass

De Rerum Natura has a link to the Politcal Compass. I took the test and scored -6.25 on the left/right axis and -5.49 on the social libertarian/authoritarian axis. My scores would have been slightly different but there were three or four questions where I felt “none of the above” (which wasn’t a choice) would have been the best answer. Bottom line, I think these kinds of labels are meaningless for any but the true ideologue. Politcal Compass models politcal orientation on two axis’ rather than the normal one – we go from a strait line to a cartesian coordinate system. We could go into a multivariate system – say canonical correlates – where you can have more dimensions than vertical and horizontal. But it wouldn’t make for a good sound bite.

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  1. Nice blog! Oldwhiteldy sent me…I’ll be back.

  2. lady…oldwhitelady:-)

  3. Thanks!

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