I am the ultimate centrist


So says this political compass survey.

Your political compass Economic Left/Right: 0.38 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.13

Admittedly, I guessed at answers on issues I knew nothing about, or where the question is poorly worded. Such as:

"The most important thing for children to learn is to accept discipline." Agree or disagree?
Well, not the most important thing, but it is very, very important.

"In a civilised society, one must always have people above to be obeyed and people below to be commanded." Agree or disagree?
Well that's certainly loaded. Above and below what? Politically, we elect leaders precisely to command us (make laws) so we can obey (follow the laws). However, this obedience is not absolute. Yeesh.

My favorite:
"Multinational companies are unethically exploiting the plant genetic resources of developing countries." Agree or disagree?
Um, what? I might answer except I have no idea what you're talking about.

The biggest weakness, I think, is that there is little differentiation between levels of government. For instance, take this question:

"Pornography, depicting consenting adults, should be legal for the adult population."

Now, if you're talking about Congress passing a law legalizing or banning pornography absolutely, or the Supreme Court deciding the question of whether there is an absolute right to pornography, then I think government should be out of the question and in a way I agree with the statement. But if you're talking about the right of a small, local community to decide that they don't want pornography in their town, then I strongly disagree with the statement.

Also, a more fundamental flaw of the survery is the fact that just because I have a distaste for the anonymity and relative unaccountability of corporations as currently permitted by law, and just because I don't worship the free market, that does not mean I'm more of a Communist than a neo-liberal.

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