Also popularly known by those right of centre as commie bastard. Pfft. Labels, labels, labels. Can’t live with them, can’t generalise without them. Anyway, I can now be officially proclaimed as a LMSL (laughing myself silly something or other also applies) when it comes to my political leanings, because a Political Compass quiz said so.
Quizzes shouldn’t be taken too seriously. But they do produce some interesting results, and I wouldn’t argue too much with my result. If I’d been asked to predict my result before taking the quiz, I’d have placed myself one or two boxes to the right and down. But the result is in the ball park.
I ran a couple of comparisons to see how people in my age/gender group in different countries are scoring. I’m clearly left of them all, but not quite as authoritarian as your average 31-39 Mexican male. Here I am in what is supposed to be an authoritarian and socialist state, and I’m more commie than they are. I did score very close to Gandhi though, even though he’s not on the diagram below. So if you disagree with me, you’re disagreeing with the great man himself, and therefore you must be an idiot. 🙂
You should be able to guess the origin of the two boxes top right – Democrats and Republicans in the US. I’ve always thought that common sense would dictate that those on the left would orienatate towards authoritariansim, and those on the right to livertarianism, but common sense is often a waste of time. Feel free to let me know where you come on the grid. It’s always good to know whether I’m discussing issues with a fascist, right wing, neo con scumbag or a socialist nanny state promoting red swine.
For the record, the questions I ‘felt most strongly about’ were: Tighter regulation would have prevented the collapse of the lending industry: It makes sense and is fair that some people make much more money than others: Toppling enemy regimes to spread democracy will make the world a safer place: Unrestrained capitalism cannot last, as wealth and power will concentrate to a small elite: Sometimes war is necessary, even if it means you strike first: Access to healthcare is a right.