I thought I would kick-start a discussion about the two things you are never supposed to talk about with strangers: Politics and Religion! I don't want to start a debate about what political ideology is right or wrong; instead, I'm interested in knowing where the people on Think Atheist fall on a spectrum. Being a Dungeons and Dragons fan, I have always loved the 9-point-alignment scheme as a way to visualize a character's morals and ideology. I think I have found the next best thing...
The Political Compass is a tool that asks you a series of questions regarding your stances on a verity of political topics. Questions cover international trade and economics, public education, and government policy. At the conclusion of the test, it then tallies up your score and displays it on an X-Y graph. Here is mine:
The X-axis of the graph charts your stance on economics. The negative side representing a more left leaning economic mindset (the extreme of which, I think, would be Socialism), and the positive side representing a more free-market ideology (the extreme of which would be pure Capitalism, exempt of any non-market influences).
The Y-axis measures your stance on society, a persons place within it, and the amount of influence a government should have in its citizen's day-to-day affairs. The top half trends towards Authoritarianism (the ultimate extreme of which would the Totalitarianism) whilst the bottom half shows preference towards Libertarianism (the extreme of which would be Anarchy, the complete removal of government).
The test is far from perfect, as it cannot account for all ideologies and viewpoints. Additionally, since the final score is a numerical tally, and each question seems to be weighted equally, a person that endorses extremes on all ideologies could come across as centrist. Regardless, I find the test to be fun, and informative. It's interesting to see a visual representation of your political viewpoint, and to compare it to someone else.
If you're feeling bored, take the test, and post your results! Do you disagree with your score? Do you think this would be an accurate way to gauge where someone stands?
Oh, and if anyone is curious about the D&D part, I tend to favor lawful-evil :3
Hehe yeah I always play "evil" Characters or paths in games. So much more fun, heres waiting for a spot in the Sith empire in The Old Republic =P
I came out slightly to the left and below you and Gandhi. Not bad company.
My results, I have to be honest I completely disagree, some of the questions I sorta coped out on so I may go back and retake it. Honestly I would have to say I am economically right and socially more in in the center. And for the most part support the Libertarian party
LOL! I had to do the same thing...and "protectionism" was a term I didn't know. I think I had to google 2 or 3 things =0)
Welcome to T/A btw (I'm a newbie myself).
Hi all, I made a blog post on this a while ago so check out my blog on this site to get a few more results. I think most atheists are in the bottom left corner with some (a significant portion) in the bottom right corner. I am yet to see an atheist in the top half of the compass.
The problem with this political test is that it's narrow in definition and assumes that everyone that takes the test wants a government. Also question like "should corporation be regulated?"is a problem, because what if I don't believe in corporations, or government for that matter.