Political Standing/Perspective of Drugs-Forum Members

Discussion in 'Drug Policy Reform & Narco Politics' started by Bajeda, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. Authoritarian Left

    1 vote(s)
    2.7%
  2. Authoritarian Right

    1 vote(s)
    2.7%
  3. Libertarian Left

    32 vote(s)
    86.5%
  4. Libertarian Right

    3 vote(s)
    8.1%
  1. Bajeda

    Bajeda Super Moderator Platinum Member & Advisor

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    A person's political viewpoint is a very complex entity that is hard to sum up in few words or use to categorize the person into a distinct group. The current popular labels of "liberal" and "conservative" don't really mean much much in today's environment. Hence the need for a political compass.


    Some people on this site may have seen this before, http://www.politicalcompass.org

    It is a site where you can take a moderate length survey that questions the level of agreement you have with certain propositions and then get your placement on a "political compass".


    Basically the compass is split into four sectors. The four labels are Authoritarian and Libertarian for the 'y' axis (which denote a person's leanings towards either facist or anarchist tendencies) and simply Left and Right for the 'x' axis (which denotes the person's economic preference between collectivism and neo-liberalism).

    awww.politicalcompass.org_images_bothaxes.gif




    Since I have started frequenting this site I have often wondered what the political preferences are of the members here. I think that most members of this site are more likely to lean towards the libertarian side of the 'y' axis but I'm not really sure about the economic viewpoint.




    If you have the time, take the political compass survey (accessed through the link above) and post your results and select the appropriate poll option so we can have a better visual of the political demographics of the forum.



















    Bajeda's Political Compass


    Economic Left/Right: -6.88
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.46

    That makes me a leftist libertarian that is slightly stronger than the median for either of these sides. I think it fits in pretty well with what I originally thought of my political perspective, though some of my friends were surprised at the results when they took the test!





    Please don't select an option on the poll if you haven't taken the test. That way we can all be on the same page as to what exactly the options mean.
     
    1. 5/5,
      Nice idea.
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      Fun interactive post. More of these would be great.
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  2. Fantasian

    Fantasian Gold Member

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    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: 1.25
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.49
     
  3. bewilderment

    bewilderment Drug Geek Extraordinaire Platinum Member & Advisor

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    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -5.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.36
     
  4. old hippie 56

    old hippie 56 Gold Member

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    Mine was: Economic Left/Right -4.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritatian -3.64
     
  5. Nature Boy

    Nature Boy Gold Member

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    Economic Left/Right: 0.25
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.13
     
  6. Omelet

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    Economic Left/Right: -4.73
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.24


    i approve of my score...
     
  7. Bajeda

    Bajeda Super Moderator Platinum Member & Advisor

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    So far the average on the Economic scale is -2.87

    The average on the Social scale is -5.0

    I did that on a cheap calculator so it may be wrong.


    And damn bewilderment! Are you an anarchist or what? Thats a pretty lofty libertarian stance.


    BajEdit: Average doesn't include Omelet
     
  8. Forthesevenlakes

    Forthesevenlakes Platinum Member

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    Economic Left/Right: -7.88

    Social Authoritarian/Libertarian: -7.18

    So, I would be very libertarian left! Doesnt surprise him in the least, looks like he still has some beliefs that hold over from his teenage anarchism days =]
     
  9. Nagognog2

    Nagognog2 Iridium Member

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    I have one of those little puzzles from the Libertarians in my wallet. I hate them! In my version you are either a Libertarian - or you are Hitler or Stalin. Of course my copy is about 20 years old, but it's the same thing.

    I can't stand the Libertarians. They are among the most arrogant bunch of pricks I've ever encountered. They did their best to destroy the Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann) in Massachusetts - without even trying! I can't tell them apart from the John Birch Society. Fuck 'em!*


    * Knowing them, they'll probably attempt to sue this forum for posting my opinion. And this bunch is a front group for these shmoes.
     
  10. Forthesevenlakes

    Forthesevenlakes Platinum Member

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    huh, thats odd. i never considered myself libertarian before i took this poll. wonder if the site is run by libertarians, and everyone ends up scoring libertarian in an effort to recruit prospective voters. at any rate, I dont really equate his "libertarian" results score with a libertarian political leaning.
     
  11. Bajeda

    Bajeda Super Moderator Platinum Member & Advisor

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    He is right not to. The site warns of associating their labels with the misused ones present in national politics of various states. They provide several labels for each part of each axis so as to avoid confusion.

    Political Ideology =/= Political Party in every case (or most cases I should say)




    BajEdit: In case it wasn't clear, the site is run by some British people.
     
  12. hh339

    hh339 Gold Member

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    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -5.25
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.21
     
  13. Forthesevenlakes

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    hm, might be time for swim, swibajeda, swibewilderment, and swihh339 to start their own libertarian leftist country. who's up for taking over sealand?
     
  14. Micklemouse

    Micklemouse Platinum Member & Advisor

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    Your Political Compass:

    Economic Left/Right : -8.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.77

    Right kittlings, where's it gonna be then?
     
  15. Forthesevenlakes

    Forthesevenlakes Platinum Member

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    swim's thinking about declaring his apartment an autonomous libertarian leftist collective run by the d-f parliament, but somehow he thinks that come tax time, the government will take issue with it...so he's still casting his vote for sealand.


    honestly though i wonder if anyone in this forum is going to get the authoritarian score in either left or right wing politics?
     
  16. Nagognog2

    Nagognog2 Iridium Member

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    "He is right not to. The site warns of associating their labels with the misused ones present in national politics of various states. They provide several labels for each part of each axis so as to avoid confusion."

    "That's about as much as we should tell you for now..." - from the link site.

    Uh huh...they have been running so scared here in the USA lately, it would figure they would resort to this tactic. Like the Moonies - they don't tell you they are the Moonies until you've devoted your life to them. Here is the original from back yonder:

    * Note - they do not tell you what the OFFICIAL party policy is.

    But don't let this dissuade YOU from finding YOUR political center. I'm a Socialist Multi-Parlimentarianist Democrat. I didn't need a puzzle. Bite me!

    YIPPIE!!
     

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  17. VincentVan

    VincentVan Platinum Member

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    According to this moronic test my result is :
    Economic left/right -5.13
    Social/Libertarian -6.05
    Which place me exactly on the South West secant of the axis´angle.
    I really don´t think I identify with the result.
     
  18. Sky Walker

    Sky Walker Gold Member

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    Economic Left/Right: -2.00
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.46
     
  19. big-lester

    big-lester Gold Member

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    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -5.25
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.87
     
  20. Daeron

    Daeron Platinum Member & Advisor

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    for the sake of amusement:
    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -6.25
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.15

    personally always was and always will be anarchoindividualist.