4, 2002 06:23 PM


Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at June 25, 2002 03:40 AM

Centrist (actually right on the left border). Moderate, squishy, boring, and proud of it! I'm like a political Alan Thicke!

Posted by: Bill Herbert at June 25, 2002 06:58 AM

I'm squarely on the left-liberal / libertarian border. My "progressive" friends think I'm somewhere to the right of Juan Peron for some reason. While this little chart does a good job of getting us beyond left vs right and into thinking about politics in a more interesting way, I am not at all convinced that the right two axes are being used, or that three might not be better.

Pournelle broke it down in terms of rationalism (the belief that society has "problems," and these can be "solved") vs statism (is the State an object of idolatry, a positive good, necessary evil, or unmitigated evil) some 15 years ago. It's still not perfect, but it does do a better job of identifying meaningful pigeonholes than left / right / center does.

Posted by: Jeff Paulsen at June 25, 2002 09:19 AM

The problem with this quiz, and many like it, is it is issue-based instead of political philosophy based. The problem with basing things on issues is that two liberals or two conservatives may not necessarily agree on an issue. For example, a conservative could make a perfectly fine case for a pro-choice position, but the stereotype is that all conservatives are pro-life.

I consider myself a conservative, but on this quiz I come out left of center.

On my site, I've set up a quiz that doesn't ask for your position on issues. It asks about your basic beliefs.

Posted by: Howard Owens at June 25, 2002 09:27 AM

Howard -- I scored a 5 on your test, making me a "liberal" ... but I left five questions blank.

Posted by: Matt Welch at June 25, 2002 12:43 PM
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