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  1. I completely agree with you about the need for a little more nuance.

    I ended up exactly on the vertical line on top of the word capitalist. What was strange was that my wife (extra-super hippie liberal when I met her) ended up firmly settled in just above the word Republican. 9/11 really did change some things.

    Comment by Matt — Saturday, September 24, 2005 @ 9:00 pm

  2. I was almost dead center on the original version of this test, the “political compass” test. Of course, “neutral” is really a weasel option and hardly worth putting as an option.

    Comment by Bryan S. — Saturday, September 24, 2005 @ 9:08 pm

  3. If you change “Neutral” to “I Could care Less”, I could go for it.

    Comment by Matt — Saturday, September 24, 2005 @ 9:13 pm

  4. I was a social liberal and an economic liberal. Best described as a Socialist. No big surprises there I guess. :)

    Comment by Jan — Saturday, September 24, 2005 @ 9:25 pm

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  6. Cupid on-line dating, huh? Doesn’t Sherry monitor your one-line habits? :-)

    Comment by Matthew — Sunday, September 25, 2005 @ 12:25 pm

  7. Well, I took THE TEST. Agreed it needs a neutral category for the questions. For example, it asks if you feel guilty when you shop at large national chains. I don’t shop at them. There were others like that, too.

    Anyway, it said I am 75% social liberal and 18% economic liberal. Seems not too far off, but if I had looked at their ideological graph before taking the test, I would have put myself a bit higher on the econ dimension than where they put me-on the border of “Democrat” and “socialist.” That would make more sense than the label the test gave me (socialist), because I always define myself as somewhere between a social democrat and a green.

    But for a test with no nuance whatsoever, I think it did reasonably well. A lot better than I thought it would do as I was taking it.

    One final thought on this: In their two dimensional ideological space, why does”totalitarian” extend almost all the way to the center? It makes no sense, especially since totalitarian can be compatible with either “fascist” or “socialist” and is thus not really an ideology, per se, but a political technique for imposing one.

    Comment by Matthew — Sunday, September 25, 2005 @ 12:50 pm

  8. Hmmm…. It called me Social Liberal and Economic moderate… a Centrist.. i dont really agree with that. The questions I don’t think were fair at all.

    Comment by Brett — Sunday, September 25, 2005 @ 4:27 pm

  9. Does anyone else wonder why their graph puts the left on the right?

    Comment by Matthew — Monday, September 26, 2005 @ 11:54 am

  10. Sanders, socialism, and the ideological spectrum

    Why would I like better a Democratic party that no longer had Maxine Waters, Dennis Kucinich, Barney Frank, and other leftists, if I am a social democrat (i.e. on the “left”) myself?

    Trackback by Fruits and Votes — Saturday, October 29, 2005 @ 4:32 pm

  11. […] ervative” mean both in general terms and in the American political context (although I have noted before that I am not all that happy with those labels). Avoiding that discussion for at least th […]

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