02 November 2010

POLITICAL COMPASS ON VOTING DAY

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Over dinner a few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked where I see myself on the a simple scale of pure capitalist to pure socialist. I remember answering simply and then elaborating how the Political Compass gives a truer read than a simple right to left or anything else this to that. Turns out I was a little off on my memory of my standing on the Authoritarian/Libertarian scale.

On voting day in the United States, using the Political Compass questionnaire, learning about political labels throughout the world, viewing the resulting chart, and seeing how you compare to other people throughout history is nothing less than enlightening. You may find yourself situated a little differently than you thought. And it certainly will lead you to question the right/left rhetoric of the parties and pundits. Learn why and learn more about yourself. You can find the compass at www.politicalcompass.org .

Here are some recent world leaders on the chart:
In case you are curious, here is where I ended up:


Economic Left/Right: -7.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.05

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