Sick Day Distractions

I spent most of today watching tv and blowing my nose. In the last hour I was able to get out of bed and this is what I do: I goof around on quiz sites. The picture on the left is from my perennial favorite, The Political Compass. The horizontial line is the economic spectrum, whereas the vertical line measures the social spectrum.

For some reason I have taken this test every presidential election year since the late 90’s. I’ve always been scored in the libertarian-left box, but the interesting thing is, as I get older, my opinion socially becomes less anarchist and more authoritarian. My economic scores have remained consitent over time. What I like about this chart is that it places me in the same region as Ghandi and Mandela, two people I genuinely admire.

Take a look at THIS chart from the same site:

Check out where Dubya is!No wonder I hate him so much.

I find it particulary interesting that no anarchist-types are major world leaders. What does this say about the character of our politicians and executives? What does it say about the electorate? And the anarchists themselves? Would anarchists even SEEK power?

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17 thoughts on “Sick Day Distractions

  1. I found fun in it, but it didn’t seem fair that there was no middle option. For a lot of those questions I was pretty neutral, or it depended heavily on the case.

    They stuck me in the lower left too, near The Dalai Lama.

  2. i agree that anarchists wouldn’t seek power.

    but i don’t care what anyone says… george w is not a fascist. he’s not a megalomaniac… he’s not a new-age hitler.

    if he was… bet your ass, you and most of your readers would be in prison right now. but i’d bet my life bush, his administration, anyone on capitol hill has never read your blog, listened to one of your phone calls, read one of your e-mails or even knows your name.

    hate bush. hate what he’s done. hate the war in iraq and the present financial situation. hate that he loves God and believes that he was “called” to be president. but stop, for the sanity’s sake, trying to compare bush to any sort of dictator or massacring extremist. it’s ridiculous

    p.s. i realize you didn’t exactly do this. but i feel like that’s what you and this chart thing are implying.

  3. Whenever I take that test, I’m usually sandwiched somewhere inbetween Castro and Ghandi. I think it’s mainly because I share so much of my personal style with those people, you know? Loin cloths in the summer…green and khaki in the winter.

  4. Martha: I love you too! You didn’t sound hateful! Only indignant on behalf of our President. And that’s okay!

    I do want to point out that that chart does NOT say that GW is a fascist: only that his stated positions score high on measures of authoritarianism. Facism is only an EXTREMIST version of authoriatarianism, and is used in that chart for labeling purposes only. If one were to draw a line from GW’s point to the point on that axis, you would see that GW’s score is still below that of a fascist, but nonetheless HIGH on the overall measurement of his authoritarianism.

  5. Woozie: I agree with you, actually. I think that in order provide a more ACCURATE measurement, they should use a five-point scale (if I recall correctly, a Meyer-Briggs scale) that would include the term “Neutral/No Opinion”.

    But you gotta realize they designed this test specifically to force you into one of those 4 quadrants, just so you can see where your particular biases lie and how “extreme” they are. Its more for fun and comparison than for scientific accuracy.

  6. Ian: glad you liked it. 🙂 I look forward to seeing your chart on your blog.

    Dawn: I hope I get well soon! I’m at work now, and while I can breathe again, I still feel like crud.

    Kara: it is as they say “the clothes are the measure of a man” (or woman). I hope that loincloth is a bright fuschia or some other pretty color instead of dull, easily stained white? Ghandi was so….drab. 😉

    Puss; somehow I am not suprised!

  7. I think it’s not so surprising that no anarchist types are major world leaders. They’d be much more into consensus and that sort of thing. They simply don’t have the chutzpah (for want of a better word – hey, it’s early morning, gimme a break) to go out and seize power.

    The people who have power are those who will do anything to get it.

    Now I gotta go take the test

  8. Just took the test. I’m in the same quadrant, pretty much in the same area to the left but maybe three squares down. Very interesting.

  9. See, this is why I like you, right there with ya. I scored smack dab between Mandela and the Dalai Lama. Who knew?

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