Many political debates here have included references to The Political Compass, which uses a set of 61 questions to assess one’s political orientation in terms of economic left/right and social libertarianism/authoritarianism (rather like the “Libertarian diamond” popular in the US).
And so, every so often I will begin a thread in which the premise for debate is one of the 61 questions. I will give which answer I chose and provide my justification and reasoning. Others are, of course, invited to do the same including those who wish to “question the question”, as it were. I will also suggest what I think is the “weighting” given to the various answers in terms of calculating the final orientation.
It might also be useful when posting in these threads to give your own “compass reading” in your first post, by convention giving the Economic value first. My own is
SentientMeat: Economic: -5.12, Social: -7.28, and so by the above convention my co-ordinates are (-5.12, -7.28). Please also indicate which option you ticked.
Now, I appreciate that there is often dissent regarding whether the assessment the test provides is valid, notably by US conservative posters, either because it is “left-biased” (??) or because some propositions are clearly slanted, ambiguous or self-contradictory. The site itself provides answers to these and other Frequently Asked Questions, and there is also a separate thread: Does The Political Compass give an accurate reading? Read these first and then, if you have an objection to the test in general, please post it there. If your objection is solely to the proposition in hand, post here. If your objection is to other propositions, please wait until I open a thread on them.
(The above will be pasted in every new thread in order to introduce it properly, and I’ll try to let each one exhaust itself of useful input before starting the next. Without wanting to “hog the idea”, I would be grateful if others could refrain from starting similar threads. To date, the threads are:
Does The Political Compass give an accurate reading?
Political Compass #1: Globalisation, Humanity and OmniCorp.
#2: My country, right or wrong
#3: Pride in one’s country is foolish.
#4: Superior racial qualities.
#5: My enemy’s enemy is my friend.
#6: Justifying illegal military action.)
*Proposition #7: * The growing fusion between information and entertainment is a worrying contribution to the public’s shrinking attention span.
SentientMeat (-5.12, -7.28) ticks Disagree.
Not much to say here; I don’t find this particularly politically relevant and so I’m pretty much flipping a mental coin between Agree and Disagree. If anyone here provides a convincing argument then it might strengthen my view in either direction, but then again it won’t affect my final score very much in any case.
I can envisage the people who tick Strongly Agree as perhaps perceiving the world to be “going to hell in a handbasket” due to the pernicious effects of television and the accompanying social revolution. (This is why I marginally sided against them by Disagreeing.) On the other hand, many of those who think we have too little social liberty might point to eg. FOX news as keeping us from making progress because it is not really “news” at all, thus acting as a support for the status quo.
As always, your input is appreciated. (Please remember to put your score in your first post; I feel that this allows your comments to be placed in some context.)