Friday, September 21, 2007

The Political Compass Test

There are those that have made comments here and elsewhere, doubting my claim to be an independent centrist. Not that I care what anyone thinks, mind you, but I have taken an online test that pinpoints my score, based on that particular test's results. Here is the graph where my pinpoint is located.

You can take the test for yourself here. It's not scientific, but almost every test that I have taken similar to this, shows me near the area where this model shows me to be.

Too many people think that to be independent you must reject all things from both parties. That thinking is known as black and white thinking. With no vision of the gray areas, they look at one party as all good and another as all bad, with no in between. This is termed "splitting" in the psychiatric world and is a common trait found in what is known as, borderline personality disorder.

Being a centrist is more complex than the little box they try to put one in. I wrote a piece a couple of years ago that explains a centrist in better detail. To those that don't get it, I recommend reading it.


Anonim said...

My results:

Economic Left/Right: -2.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.85

A little more lefty than your rightyness. And a little more libertarian than you.

LASunsett said...

Hi Anonim,

So do you feel your results in this test are an accurate statement of where you sit in the political spectrum?

Anonim said...

Honestly, I don't know. I tried to be as true to myself as possible in answering the questions. I was proud to have beaten you on the libertarian score though:) And, on the left/right axis, it makes sense that I came out on your left.

I take this as fun, not very serious... Did you check who among the world leaders (past & present) you're with? You are pretty lonely in your quarter, my friend. And, I had only Gandhi, Da Lailama (spelling?) and Mandela with me in my quarter. Sufficiently away from all three (though I admire Gandhi quite a bit).

LASunsett said...

//You are pretty lonely in your quarter, my friend.//

That's because they broke the mold, when they made me. ;)

Anonim said...

Hey, you made me laugh. Thanks for that...

I was gonna say, maybe you're a practicing isolationist.

LASunsett said...

//I was gonna say, maybe you're a practicing isolationist.//

I well may end up being an isolationist before it's all said and done. The more I see the ungratefulness for what America does for others, the more I am inclined to say to hell with it and call all forces back. And with those forces, bring our money back, while it still buys something.

But we both know that's not going to happen.

Rocket said...

Economic Left/Right: -1.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.03

It's the sex thing that put me to the left of center!

It was fun but I don't think so reflective of true nature

A.C. McCloud said...

I just took this a few days ago, scored almost the same you did, LA. It was interesting that the average US score was a little north of your dot.

LASunsett said...


//It's the sex thing that put me to the left of center!//

You don't say. I figured you answered STRONGLY Agree to the porn should be legal question. ;)

LASunsett said...


//It was interesting that the average US score was a little north of your dot.//

That's me. Mr. Average.