The political compass test is one of the oldest and most accurate political tests on the internet. It has been around since 2001, received praise from academics, media figures, and people of every political background. It is as close to an objective test of political perspective as exists. The political compass test is such a staple of online discussion that the test itself has become a popular meme.
The test measures not just your placement on the left-right political spectrum, but how authoritarian-to-libertarian are you. For example, Stalin and a hippy living on a commune would both be considered far-left, yet the former is far more authoritarian than the later.
Here is where the makers of the test place the 2016 Presidential candidates:
Here is where the makers of the test place famous historical figures:
Here are my results as of August 31, 2017:
As you can see, based on the test, I am a centrist who leans slightly to the left and cares about personal freedom.
I took the test by answering honestly, without thinking about where I’d land. That said, I can live with being slightly to the right of Gandhi.
I find it interesting that in our extreme political divide, I’ve had people accuse me of being both far-right and far-left. That’s usually an indication that the accuser falls on one of the extremes of the political-spectrum, but doesn’t realize their beliefs aren’t center (or doesn’t care). If you’re in a corner, center might look like far-opposition. If you find yourself frequently accusing others of extremism, consider taking the test yourself to find out what your political bias is.
It is important to know your own bias. Perhaps part of the reason I find myself calling for empathy is because I fall in the middle, and have friends on all sides of the spectrum. That said, based on this test, if I’m going to practice empathy, I have to work a bit harder to understand extreme perspectives, and authoritarian ones.
Of course, my political beliefs may and probably will change over time. I’ve certainly changed in the past. If I’m presented with new information or wisdom earned through life experience, I’ll change them again in the future. However, this is where I fall at present.
You can take the test for yourself here.
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