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    Quote Originally Posted by Casper View Post
    What I'm trying to explain is that he is not really that right wing in the fiscal sense. He is only 'right wing' (in our common and false understanding of the term) so far as he is authoritarian in some of his views (and only some). The term 'right wing' as two meanings. I am much more right wing then him, but only fiscally and not in the social sense. Have a look at the political spectrum map and you will see that he is not leaning very far to the right. You see even though we may describe the BNP as 'extreme right wing' the reality is that they are only on the far right if you flip the political spectrum around so that the authoritarian side is on the right.
    I'm not sure you can balance your left and right opinions out so easily. Much like saying you are against capital punishment but for corporal punishment, they might level out the compass, but I'm not so certain your politics. I'd like to think I can glean a person's politics within minutes of meeting them, but to find a truly centrist person is, in my opinion, practically impossible. Even liberals aren't that balanced, they just wimp out and side with the others. This might work for the compass, but not so in life. But then again, you'd have to find the third way in all things other than abstention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eatmywords View Post
    I'm not sure you can balance your left and right opinions out so easily. Much like saying you are against capital punishment but for corporal punishment, they might level out the compass, but I'm not so certain your politics. I'd like to think I can glean a person's politics within minutes of meeting them, but to find a truly centrist person is, in my opinion, practically impossible. Even liberals aren't that balanced, they just wimp out and side with the others. This might work for the compass, but not so in life. But then again, you'd have to find the third way in all things other than abstention.
    This is what I've already been telling you. As I said in post #18:

    The score is cumulative. That means that it adds and subtracts depending on what answers you give. If someone is in the centre, it's not necessarily because they are neutral at all times on all issues. Far from it. They actually have lots of strong opinions but a wide mixture between the conventional sides of the political spectrum thereby cancelling each other out. This is how someone can end up appearing as a centrist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casper View Post
    This is what I've already been telling you. As I said in post #18:

    The score is cumulative. That means that it adds and subtracts depending on what answers you give. If someone is in the centre, it's not necessarily because they are neutral at all times on all issues. Far from it. They actually have lots of strong opinions but a wide mixture between the conventional sides of the political spectrum thereby cancelling each other out. This is how someone can end up appearing as a centrist.
    So, do you think the test is flawed? Or the person answering the questions?
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    It's not so much the test is flawed (though of course it's not perfect), but yeah probably more to do with the person answering the question being contradictory. But then again although you might be, in fiscal terms, radically left wing and I might be radically right wing, that doesn't mean that we are more consistent than someone who appears as a centrist. They may just be moderate and take a cautious approach to all political issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casper View Post
    It's not so much the test is flawed (though of course it's not perfect), but yeah probably more to do with the person answering the question being contradictory. But then again although you might be, in fiscal terms, radically left wing and I might be radically right wing, that doesn't mean that we are more consistent than someone who appears as a centrist. They may just be moderate and take a cautious approach to all political issues.
    I'm not certain so much for left and right, as I had to take the test again when I lost my image, and basically achieved the same result. Personally I fully agree with my results. Although I rather consdier when you find someone so close to the "centre", there is a flaw in the answer/er. I personally consider you need to really think about your answers and not just instinctively answer. I remember the question on pornography giving me the most trouble to answer, and took me about five minutes to resolve upon the "right" answer.
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    Just a suggestion to post your political compass to our new members.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eatmywords View Post
    Just a suggestion to post your political compass to our new members.
    Good idea. I would be very interested to see where some of our newer forum members are on the political spectrum, although some are probably quite predictable. Northumbrian would probably appear somewhere in the top right quadrant but not to far from the centre point. The radical leftist Emiliano would obviously appear on the left hand side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casper View Post
    Good idea. I would be very interested to see where some of our newer forum members are on the political spectrum, although some are probably quite predictable. Northumbrian would probably appear somewhere in the top right quadrant but not to far from the centre point. The radical leftist Emiliano would obviously appear on the left hand side.
    I agree in your assumptions Casper. However, it is where they lie upon Authoritarian/Libertarian axis I would be interested in seeing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eatmywords View Post
    I agree in your assumptions Casper. However, it is where they lie upon Authoritarian/Libertarian axis I would be interested in seeing.
    Without a doubt, Northumbrian would appear in the authoritarian side. I suspect Emiliano could be in the authoritarian side too but for different reasons.
    Last edited by Casper; 06-11-2012 at 03:49 PM.

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    My Political Views
    I am a center-left social authoritarian
    Left: 2.8, Authoritarian: 3.56


    I didn't expect that. I wonder how accurate it is. I completed this on my iPhone so I'm not entirely sure if it will work correctly.
    Last edited by eatmywords; 06-11-2012 at 04:43 PM. Reason: fixed

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