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Political Compass
07-19-2009, 03:25 PM,
Political Compass
Welcome to The Political Compass™

There's abundant evidence for the need of it. The old one-dimensional categories of 'right' and 'left', established for the seating arrangement of the French National Assembly of 1789, are overly simplistic for today's complex political landscape. For example, who are the 'conservatives' in today's Russia? Are they the unreconstructed Stalinists, or the reformers who have adopted the right-wing views of conservatives like Margaret Thatcher ?

On the standard left-right scale, how do you distinguish leftists like Stalin and Gandhi? It's not sufficient to say that Stalin was simply more left than Gandhi. There are fundamental political differences between them that the old categories on their own can't explain. Similarly, we generally describe social reactionaries as 'right-wingers', yet that leaves left-wing reactionaries like Robert Mugabe and Pol Pot off the hook.

That's about as much as we should tell you for now. After you've responded to the following propositions during the next 3-5 minutes, all will be explained. In each instance, you're asked to choose the response that best describes your feeling: Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Agree or Strongly Agree. At the end of the test, you'll be given the compass, with your own special position on it.

The test presented on this website is entirely anonymous. None of your personal details are required, and nothing about your result is recorded or logged in any way. The answers are only used to calculate your reading, and cannot be accessed by anyone, ever.

Our sister application on Facebook does log scores, but the information is used only for social networking purposes, and is visible only within the user's personal network . We do not give anyone's score to outside organisations. If you don't want your score logged, don't use the Facebook app.

The idea was developed by a political journalist with a university counselling background, assisted by a professor of social history. They're indebted to people like Wilhelm Reich and Theodor Adorno for their ground-breaking work in this field. We believe that, in an age of diminishing ideology, a new generation in particular will get a better idea of where they stand politically - and the sort of political company they keep.

So are you ready to take the test? Remember that there's no right, wrong or ideal response. It's simply a measure of attitudes and inevitable human contradictions to provide a more integrated definition of where people and parties are really at. Click here to start.

If you wish to contact us, email, but please read our FAQs first.


About The Political Compass™

In the introduction, we explained the inadequacies of the traditional left-right line.

If we recognise that this is essentially an economic line it's fine, as far as it goes. We can show, for example, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung and Pol Pot, with their commitment to a totally controlled economy, on the hard left. Socialists like Mahatma Gandhi and Robert Mugabe would occupy a less extreme leftist position. Margaret Thatcher would be well over to the right, but further right still would be someone like that ultimate free marketeer, General Pinochet.

That deals with economics, but the social dimension is also important in politics. That's the one that the mere left-right scale doesn't adequately address. So we've added one, ranging in positions from extreme authoritarian to extreme libertarian.

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Both an economic dimension and a social dimension are important factors for a proper political analysis. By adding the social dimension you can show that Stalin was an authoritarian leftist (ie the state is more important than the individual) and that Gandhi, believing in the supreme value of each individual, is a liberal leftist. While the former involves state-imposed arbitary collectivism in the extreme top left, on the extreme bottom left is voluntary collectivism at regional level, with no state involved. Hundreds of such anarchist communities exisited in Spain during the civil war period

You can also put Pinochet, who was prepared to sanction mass killing for the sake of the free market, on the far right as well as in a hardcore authoritarian position. On the non-socialist side you can distinguish someone like Milton Friedman, who is anti-state for fiscal rather than social reasons, from Hitler, who wanted to make the state stronger, even if he wiped out half of humanity in the process.

The chart also makes clear that, despite popular perceptions, the opposite of fascism is not communism but anarchism (ie liberal socialism), and that the opposite of communism ( i.e. an entirely state-planned economy) is neo-liberalism (i.e. extreme deregulated economy)

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The usual understanding of anarchism as a left wing ideology does not take into account the neo-liberal "anarchism" championed by the likes of Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman and America's Libertarian Party, which couples social Darwinian right-wing economics with liberal positions on most social issues. Often their libertarian impulses stop short of opposition to strong law and order positions, and are more economic in substance (ie no taxes) so they are not as extremely libertarian as they are extremely right wing. On the other hand, the classical libertarian collectivism of anarcho-syndicalism ( libertarian socialism) belongs in the bottom left hand corner.

In our home page we demolished the myth that authoritarianism is necessarily "right wing", with the examples of Robert Mugabe, Pol Pot and Stalin. Similarly Hitler, on an economic scale, was not an extreme right-winger. His economic policies were broadly Keynesian, and to the left of some of today's Labour parties. If you could get Hitler and Stalin to sit down together and avoid economics, the two diehard authoritarians would find plenty of common ground.

A Word about Neo-cons and Neo-libs

U.S.neo-conservatives, with their commitment to high military spending and the global assertion of national values, tend to be more authoritarian than hard right. By contrast, neo-liberals, opposed to such moral leadership and, more especially, the ensuing demands on the tax payer, belong to a further right but less authoritarian region. Paradoxically, the "free market", in neo-con parlance, also allows for the large-scale subsidy of the military-industrial complex, a considerable degree of corporate welfare, and protectionism when deemed in the national interest. These are viewed by neo-libs as impediments to the unfettered market forces that they champion.

International Chart

A diverse professional team has assessed the words and actions of internationally known contemporary leaders to give you an idea of how they relate to each other on the political compass.

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We regret the present exclusion of some major leaders, especially in the developing world. This is due to our inability so far to contact independent experts.

Vitam Impendere Vero
07-19-2009, 03:32 PM,
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Your (my) political compass
Economic Left/Right: -9.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.10

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Vitam Impendere Vero
07-19-2009, 04:00 PM,
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Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: -6.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.67


I found some of the questions limiting though and didn't find the choices suitable (:rolleyes::D)
07-19-2009, 07:34 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-19-2009, 07:43 PM by yeti.)
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yeti's political compass
Economic Left/Right: -5.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.41

I don't think they liked my answers:
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07-19-2009, 07:39 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-19-2009, 07:44 PM by yeti.)
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Just kidding!
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07-19-2009, 08:16 PM,
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Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: -6.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.08

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The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall. - Che Guevara

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07-19-2009, 09:02 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-19-2009, 09:06 PM by Winston.)
Political Compass
The Political Compass

Economic Left/Right: -6.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.54

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Funny how myself and TriWooOx have almost identical scores.:LOL:

Ah, Britain. Where you can be fined for saying 'f..k' in a private conversation. Where every single child will soon be fingerprinted. Where all people will be ordered to carry an I.D. card at all times, to be swiped every time they withdraw a fairly small amount of money from the bank, buy an airline ticket, apply for a fishing license, purchase property, apply for a library card, get a prescription filled, and so on. Where you can be sentenced to 80 hours of community service for wearing the wrong T-shirt. Where having a pen knife in your car can get you arrested. Where being too fat can get you carted off to a mental institution. Where government workers will come to your home to verify you're not using too much electricity, and to note whether or not you smoke. Where all vehicles' whereabouts will soon be monitored by satellite 24/7. Where you'll get fined for using a pencil instead of a pen when filling out a form. Where people are captured by video surveillance cameras some 300 times a day. Where officials tell you how to go to the bathroom.

The government are keeping many secret that are beneficial to humanity.That is to say that what benefits the majority is suppressed or classified as top secret. They are the enemy of the people. We are their slaves they leech off us like a cancer and the only cure is true knowledge or the truth.
07-19-2009, 09:26 PM,
Political Compass
Here's mine:

Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: -6.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.28

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“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after
equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix
07-20-2009, 02:07 PM,
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My results were similar if not the same as the above (ES ) .
If Thine I that I spy with my own little I Doeth Offend thee ; Pluck It out.

07-20-2009, 08:31 PM,
Political Compass
Ah great minds......:D
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after
equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix
07-20-2009, 09:55 PM,
Political Compass
Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: -3.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.51
"Listen to everyone, read everything, believe nothing unless you can prove it in your own research"
~William Cooper

07-20-2009, 10:46 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-11-2011, 10:57 AM by FastTadpole.)
Political Compass
I actually misunderstood the question about marijuana when I took the test and unwittingly said it should be illegal; so I thought I'd best do the whole thing again to get an accurate compass bearing..


I want to suss the questionnaire so that the result puts a dot right in the middle on the lowest horizontal .
08-08-2009, 11:14 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-08-2009, 11:17 PM by ~Wheres Raven~.)
Political Compass
Most of the questions are should and shouldn't type questions which is why I think some people have a hard time answering them ("questions being limited and unsuitable")... but may not exactly know why, especially if their dot falls anywhere left or right of the center, or anywhere in the red or blue squares. Cause maybe deep down you believe that it is unsuitable to believe in and desire to force shoulds and shouldnts on anyone but yourself? That's how I feel now, and my current dot position reflects that. I remember having a hard time with the questions when I did this test years ago, my dot was way lower left then.

So basically, if you think someone else should or shouldn't do something then your red dot mark would appear on either side of the line... left or right (purple green), or anywhere in the blue red squares, even on the line, and that would be fascist either way imo. So I don't see the point of the up down axis (authoritarian/fascist, libertarian/anarchist)... the line of thinking is not different to me. It is similar thinking because in many cases fascist believing people say noone should believe in anarchistic ideas, and anarchistic thinking people in many cases say noone should believe in fascist ideas. I think the up down axis is a subtle trick... so we might say to ourselves, eg: "I'm not a fascist, I'm left anarchist", or "I'm not an anarchist, I'm right authoritarian".

To clarify that, anarchism can be fascism, and authoritarian can be anarchistic.

Here's some thoughts and questions I had during the test:

1. Should?

2. Always? If you say you'll always support your country you'd be lying and at least guessing unless you were psychic.

3. I don't believe anything is foolish.

4. I don't believe in a "superior quality"... quality is quality.

5. I don't know anyone I would call an enemy, everybody is interesting.

6. I can't agree with that.

7. That doesn't exist as a universal cause right now I'm not worried.

8. Are we reeeally divided? Cause its only when you percieve divisions that you think there IS division.

9. Why is controlling important at all?

10. Hand me something in this universe that is not part of the environment. I don't think there is an environment that we could protect... as if we are outside of it.

11. What is need? and I don't think there exists a fundementally "good idea" for everybody.

12. Why is it sad? Do you cry everytime you see someone drinking bottled water? Do you cry when you drink bottled water?

13. Shouldn't?

14. Why would you regret the choices of another? "contributing nothing"?... not possible.

15. If you're trying to run a world and make everyone trade your way, or one way, then ya, it's necessary.

16. Should?

17. "Too"?

18. Should, right, higher?

19. Should?

20. Free market requires restrictions?

21. What is "freer"?

22. should?

23. should?

24. Blind and toothless because of a belief in revenge?

25. should not?

26. should not?

27. should?

28. "good parents"? have to?

29. What's natural?

30. should not?

31. should?

32. should not?

33. it's important to learn how to accept disrespect, shame and control from another?

34. different? I would say they are not the same but they are not different.

35. should?

36. it's better to feel like the trouble is negative and of no use to reflect upon that feeling?

37. thats assuming or percieving that there ever was a segregation.

38. always? good for all?

39. should?

40. excessively?

41. advantage?

42. easier? "wrongdoers"?

43. should?

44. always, people above, people below?

45. shouldn't?

46. should?

47. waste of time? "criminals"?

48. more important?

49. first duty?

50. unethically?

51. What is "the establishment"?

52. accurately?

53. cannot?

54. "better than"?, "disadvantaged"?

55. "unlucky"?

56. "important values"?

57. "immoral"?

58. should not?

59. should?

60. why not? what is "the state"?

61. no one can?

62. "too far"?

Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: 0.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.36

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10-28-2009, 03:53 AM,
Political Compass
Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: -5.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.44


That was a blast from the past. I recall taking this exact test with different questions, I had even set up a commercial site back in 2002 related to it in Canada. We stored the IPs and results. The data wasn't used for much really we just used a 3rd party proprietary tool and messed with it for fun. It was set up at in one of its previous incarnations, I do not write any content for them and never have. I still do a bit of technical work on it sporadically.

The old default questions were much different though. The folks at PC must not be licensing the source code anymore, I can't find another PC module anywhere else. I doubt I have it backed up somewhere though as we didn't make hard backups for the site, just mirrored it on different server locations.
There are no others, there is only us.
10-28-2009, 04:16 AM,
Political Compass
Well FT, 'judging' from how the test has gone thus far on this board, it seems to indicate that anti-authoritarianistic libertarians seem to be the only people willing to show their results. either that or the forum is essentially left wing lol:LOL:

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