Lynn (lynevere) wrote,

Still a Commie

I recently (re)took the Political Compass test. I was curious where I fit in the British political spectrum, and I didn’t remember that I’d previously taken the test until I recognized my results. The political compass plots results along two axes: Left to Right (Horizonal left to right) and Authoritarian to Libertarian (Vertical top to bottom). I scored at (-6, -4) which puts me in the bottom left (Communist Libertarian) quadrant.

This puts me pretty far away from any of the British parties, save the Green party. On further examination, it puts me pretty far away from any political party, as the vast majority of (British and US) politicians are in the upper right quadrant. (Nelson Mandela is closest to my alignment. Also in my quadrant: the Dalai Lama and Dennis Kucinich.) I’d always argued against the “there’s no difference in the major parties” line, but there seems to be more to it than I’d realized.

The site also plots how different parties have changed their alignment over time. (Almost always up and right, so progressively farther away from me.) Interesting stuff, even if a bit depressing.
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I'd like this test better if there was a straight middle ground if only because some of these issues I've not thought enough on (and maybe I should but it's my right to not to, heh) to say even "disagree" or "agree". Others are too much a case by case basis. And some are... Well, I don't know how they score it.

For example: "Those who are able to work, and refuse the opportunity, should not expect society's support."

However, the pundit point on this is too often to say everyone on government aid is able but refusing, regardless of the situation. How does one define "able to work" and "refuse" and "opportunity"? My early years were spent on Welfare because the only jobs my Mom could get would just barely end up paying for the babysitter / childcare to raise me while she was gone 12 hours a day. :p

Oh and I'm probably pretty close to you on the scale.
I think you summed it up very well, that question is referring to the situation you described.

Your mom "refused" to work because the support available was a better alternative. Some people might argue that if society didn't provide this support, your mom wouldn't have had the option to "refuse" to work. Someone who "strongly agrees" might see 12 hour work days to barely cover childcare as the right choice, as she wouldn't be leaching off of the success of others. On the other hand, a commie like Lynn might say that we are rich enough of a country, and we should be able to provide everyone with a sustenance level of living.

The agree/disagree issue is handled in their FAQ, and the point is they want to make sure you think about it: