What's you political compass score? Another post reminded me of it, and I thought it
deserved its own thread. I think this is more accurate than a strictly right/left scale. Plus, it takes a much wider political view than the narrow range you usually see in the U.S. Take the test. Post your results if you'd like.
My score is: Economic Left/Right: -8.25 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.87
That makes me further left and more libertarian than Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel and Ralph Nader. Hey, I never claimed to be anything other than completely, irrationally, idealistic. Here's where they and our other candidates land on the compass. http://politicalcompass.org/usprimaries2008
Note that all of our viable candidates land squarely in the authoritarian/right-wing quadrant, to varying degrees.
P.S. I might vote for a truly progressive third-party candidate in the GE, but not if Nader is the only choice. I think he needs to retire before his legacy is reduced to something similar to Lyndon LaRouche's. But if someone like Cynthia McKinney were an option, I'd consider voting for her. It's not like my vote for a third-party candidate would help the Republicans. My state's electoral votes will go to the Repubs no matter what.
It's just that in this Obama-Clinton fight, Obama is my choice. It's not so much that I'm for Obama, as that I'm against Clinton. The reason for the avatar is that I'm sick and tired of being accused of being a woman-hater for being against Clinton. I am a woman. And I'm a feminist of the variety that pisses people off on a regular basis. But I hate Clintonian politics. Bill Clinton was a Reaganite and set the stage for Bush. Hillary and Bill share the same ideologies. I guess with Obama, I'm choosing the evil I don't know, than the heinous evil I do know.
When examining the chart it is important to note that although most of the candidates seem quite different, in substance they occupy a relatively restricted area within the universal political spectrum. Democracies with a system of proportional representation give expression to a wider range of political views. While Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel are depicted on the extreme left in an American context, they would simply be mainstream social democrats within the wider political landscape of Europe. Similarly, Hillary Clinton is popularly perceived as a leftist in the United States while in any other western democracy her record is that of a moderate conservative.
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