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Thread: Political compass thread
12-23-2016, 04:56 PM #61
@Soryuu If that is the way to interpret the chart, then I seem to be in the right spot.
Were the questions designed to be a bi-polar choice on the ends of either the Left-Right (Authoritarian-Libertarian) spectrum. Where the Agree choice would be one pole and disagree would be the other? Or are there questions that are simply center to pole? I am starting to wonder if the chart's creators are conflating Libertarianism with a rejection of all authority, including authority voluntarily agreed to.
12-24-2016, 12:40 AM #62
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It's telling to note that nearly all democratically-elected leaders in the Western world, according to the author's judgement, fall into the top-right (Authoritarian-Right Wing) of their political spectrum. If you only focus on leaders who are the political head of government of an independent nation (so, let's say, Nicola Sturgeon of a non-independent Scotland doesn't count), that makes all of them. Clearly it seems to actually accept a democratic system and the existence of a free market automatically drops you into the top-right and if you're outside of it you are either an anarchist, a socialist revolutionary, or someone holds wild ideals and has absolutely no regard for political realities in a democratic country.
Wasn't it a few pages ago that someone mentioned that 'the chart was crafted by the bottom-lefters' and pretty much nearly all the problems in the present-day world could be attributed to them? (Just kidding. As long as you people don't end up running our countries we can still be pals) XD
(Ah, I admit what irritated me even more than the placing they gave me as a rather muted centre-rightist (how mild >_<) was that they somehow also stuck the Liberal Democrats, basically Britain's protest party and the source of much of my distaste, in the top right as well despite their commitment to clamping down on industry and commerce and forcibly promoting green economic policies)
My favourite political spectrum simulator happens to be that of NationStates by Max Barry (an unabashed bottom-lefter according to the chart), which measures your political leanings according to political, economics, and social freedoms, and thus allows for a distinction between democracies and dictatorships, as well as avoiding smashing all kinds of government control/regulation into a single measure of authoritarianism in general - only in an aspect that you(r fictional government) deems necessary of regulation.
It's been a while since I ever loaded that up but I remember running two countries, a hypercapitalist corporate dictatorship that clamped down on everything else except feminist issues, and a European-style centrist democracy but with a nationalist and authoritarian bent.
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12-24-2016, 01:09 AM #63
I thought the Lib Dems were on the bottom left or teetering on the top left, tbh. Them being placed in the top right is a surprise. Either way they are a spineless political party that won't get anywhere so... heh.
And gosh I remember playing that. I had two nations but I didn't really run them according to my ideals, I just went to the most extreme options every time just to see what happens. I have gotten Benevolent Dictatorship and Capitalizt before, good stuff. Maybe I should boot it up again and play according to my (not) anarcho-capitalist ideals.
Originally Posted by Soryuutown