I think people here have posted similar tests before, but with the current politically changing state of the world, I thought I'd share this one since it's been a year or so since anyone's done so and people's views change over time, especially during periods such as at the moment. It's similar to the Political Compass but also has a neutral option, slightly more relevant questions and an importance option so I think it's a better test:
Interestingly when I took this a couple of years ago I was slightly to the left on the economic scale but I think I've adapted my economic views due to a wave of terrible protectionist or nanny-state legislation that has been proposed or introduced in a number of countries since then. On the social scale I haven't changed much at all, and have if anything become slightly more libertarian.
No, both of you are centre-left. Communist would be right up in the top left, while socialist would be similar economically (probably not quite as far left) but not as authoritarian.
I recently made this list of things that my fictional party would do if elected in Britain. They are (copied from a Word document):
Abolition of the TV Licensing fee which has become an outdated £150 annual burden to many households in this country. We believe the current funding model of the BBC is outdated and that it should be a public body funded by a degree of advertising to permit greater competition.
Abolishing the Sugar Tax and regulations surrounding the sale of energy drinks and foods high in sugar and salt. These have increased living expenses for many people and we feel that the government should have no involvement with the lifestyle of the people.
Striking free trade deals with many nations, which will encourage foreign investment in Britain and will benefit other countries as well as us
Legalise and regulate cannabis for the sale and use by people over the age of 18. We also support decriminalising other currently illegal drugs. Drug policing is a waste of police time and resources, and is an outdated attempt which is proven to have no effect.
Halve the number of burdensome business regulations by the end of our term
Support strong animal welfare laws and phase out caged egg farming by 2030. However, we support allowing growth hormones to be used in the production of cattle, since they do not harm the animals and have been shown in North America and Australia to help improve the cosmetic appearance of humans.
Scrap the majority of internet regulations with the exception of existing laws surrounding illegal use of peer to peer sharing, terrorism and illegal pornography. We will abolish all censorship laws, in particular the requirement for ISPs to offer “family filters” and the requirement for legal pornography websites to have age verification controls in place. In addition, we will strip the BBFC of any legal powers and end government funding of the board since its philosophy goes against the principal of free speech and liberalism.
Cut non-essential NHS treatment and introduce a £10 charge for GP appointments. However, we will keep essential NHS treatment free of charge, such as cancer treatment and life threatening operations, and will increase funding for medical research. This should result in a cut to the cost of paying National Insurance.
Put schools back under local authority control, ease the curriculum back to be similar to what it was prior to the changes imposed by Tory Michael Gove of the Coalition government, and encourage schools to abolish uniforms, which are not a requirement for schools in most other Western nations.
Continue the existing fight against terrorism and keep the existing level of regulation surrounding the matter unless the situation worsens. At the same time, we will abolish the Prevent strategy which has been shown to be a patronising approach that does more harm than good to some people and is also violation of free speech. We will take an intelligence led approach to fighting terrorism instead.
Establish a British constitution to enshrine the base ethos of freedom and liberty, and hold a referendum on the matter
Encourage tourism and allow high-skilled workers who have found an ideal job to work in the UK. Both will be highly beneficial to our economy and nation as a whole. While we support immigration, we believe immigrants (excluding tourists and refugees) must be able to speak English fluently.
Introduce strong laws to protect full freedom of speech
Increase mental health funding and put rehabilitation ahead of punishment for offenders
Support globalisation and greater integration of nations in North America and Europe
You have to think to yourself "what's best for the people, and what's best for the economy?". Well free trade is definitely best for the economy and benefits many people, and anyone with a sane mind (sadly about half of the British define themselves as authoritarian populist supporters which is why no party like this ever wins in Britain) probably wants personal freedom. In addition to this, countries with higher levels of personal and economic freedom tend to be wealthier and happier, so I think I'm onto something. At the same time, we need to be realistic, and I've demonstrated this in my goals too by supporting the majority of existing laws regarding terrorism, animal rights and essential welfare.
You are a right social libertarian.
Right: 4.47, Libertarian: 8.21
However, this does not fit with the breakout stats.
On the left side are pacifists and anti-war activists. On the right side are those who want a strong military that intervenes around the world.
You scored: -2.34
Where are you in the culture war? On the liberal side, or the conservative side? This scale may apply more to the US than other countries.
You scored: -5.31
Pretty far to the left (more than the average) in both cases. I think the only reason it put me right is that I am a firm capitalist. Since being a capitalist is how I put food on the table, it stands to reason.
(And I am usually pretty far left on social issues)
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"Marriage must be heralded for the important role it plays in society."
Yes. Two-person households should be valued highly in society. No, that doesn't mean I want to keep T3h g4ys from marrying, it just means I don't want to glorify single parenthood. If you're a single parent, then you have my respect, but that doesn't mean we should dis-incentivize getting married by making single life more affordable in terms of tax benefits than married life. Is there a checkbox for that? No. I'm pretty sure this thing is going to tick me one way or the other as "wants to kick out all teh homos."
You are a left social libertarian.
Left: 5.94, Libertarian: 3.68
A very Ameri-centric quiz, of course.... I've always considered myself a democratic socialist.
I've always been a supporter of unionism, and it 'persecution' under Thatcher had both an immediate and now delayed effect, as working conditions and living standards for ordinary people, like firefighters, nurses, etc are plummeting in the U.K. and elsewhere, since the "big fuckover" by the banks in '08.
Incidentally, 'ArJayDeeGee' - T.V.licences in Oz were abolished before I even got here...unfortunately, our very independent ABC (unlike your now somewhat skewed BBC) are under threat from both underfunding and a group of parliamentary wankers who want to privatise it and kill off proper political debate, by default.
p.s. ArJay - I just read your party manifesto...and wow, what a mish-mash of what most people would describe as 'left' and 'right'-ist policies.
Your total non-censorship thing is even more radical than my long-held beliefs (censorship was a right pain-in-the-arse, when I was young !) - I don't think you've thought through the ISP thing - surely "net nanny" software to keep the kiddies from the porn sites should be kept in place ! - but otherwise yes, I hate censorship.
Left-social libertarian. Left 5.96, libertarian 4.88.
Sounds about right. I figured I’d get a higher libertarian score than most of the lefties, if for no other reason than the fact that I see gun control as a “meh, whatever, I’m no gun nut, but prohibitions never work in this country” kind of thing.
These things are always fun, even though I don't really agree with the results. I imagine politics as a table with one bad-tasting cake on the right side and one bad-tasting cake on the left side; I just pick the cherries from both and make a beeline for the bar.
i believe in minimum and maximum wage, profits should be added on top of a citizen salary that covers bare necessities. all drugs should be decriminalized and some should be regulated legally.
reproduction should be under license, parents and educators should be enforced to instill humanitarian and enviromentalist morals, critical thought in children. religions have to be ecumenized and secularized or abolished. freedom of speech has to be absolute, i.e opinions, art, speculation to be held under fair and non-oppressive scrutiny.
immoral and abusive traditions and sectors should be recognized as such with no excuses and intervened with. world government with democratic propositions to a technocratic board of sentient ultra-manager algorithms
Looks as if we have a fair mixture of views here. I also took the test imagining that I was Donald Trump, since I know what his answers would have been for most of the questions, and got something like Right: 6, Authoritarian: 3.5, which sounds much like how I've imagined him being.