Hi all,

My (future) uncle-in-law showed me politicalcompass.org the other day and I thought it would be interesting to compare my place on the compass to that of other atheists. We might even be able to show, once and for all, that atheists really do have different views.


I took the test and ended up in the lower left region, somewhere near Ghandi and the Dalai Lama. Apparently this means I would prefer a somewhat economically communistic society with liberal social policy.


Take the test and let us know where you sit!

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Comment by Doug Reardon on September 12, 2011 at 8:48pm

I was left of the Dalai Lama

Comment by matt.clerke on September 12, 2011 at 9:04pm

Andy, I read the question with an emphasis on "primarily". You are right of course, and there are several other questions which are similarly far too complex to be answered on a scale of 1 to 4. Reading the question with an emphasis on "primarily" makes it somewhat easier to answer and doesn't imply that globalisation is a "one or the other" thing.

Comment by matt.clerke on September 12, 2011 at 9:16pm

It isnt asking about your ability to control, it is asking "if you could control them, which would be more important?"

Comment by James on September 12, 2011 at 9:37pm

I do agree that some of the questions didn't really fit the scale provided well. But here's what I got:


Comment by Kendall on September 12, 2011 at 10:09pm

I landed a little left and south of Gandhi.

Comment by matt.clerke on September 12, 2011 at 10:47pm

Andy, that puts you in the far right, right down the bottom. No government hand outs, social security, or medicare. Drugs, prostitution, gay marriage would all be totally legal.

Comment by Brady on September 13, 2011 at 11:58am

Thanks for the link. Here is where I stand:

Comment by Dale Headley on September 13, 2011 at 2:55pm

  Gandhi and I are neighbors, apparently.

Comment by matt.clerke on September 13, 2011 at 7:47pm

Wow, so far 5/6 of us have been in the lower left corner, signifying government controlled economy with liberal social policy. 1/6 of us was in the bottom right corner, signifying minimal government intervention in economics and a liberal social policy.


Correlation or Causation? so far (poor sample size I know) 100% of respondents have wanted a liberal social policy. Does it just happen that all of us are non-believers and also want liberal social policy? or is it that because of our lack of religion, we see no reason to interfere in other peoples lives?

Comment by matt.clerke on September 13, 2011 at 10:33pm

I know it's an emotional plea/red herring, but, what would happen to the millions of poor people who rely on welfare to live in your non-interfering government? Please include in your thoughts: bludgers(people who can work but choose not to), looking for work(people who can work but are between jobs), and the disabled(people who can not work, regardless of if they choose to). Maybe you are not as extreme right wing economically as denying them all their welfare with a total non-interference government?


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