Monday, March 27, 2006

Political Quizzes: Misleading

Sites such as The Political Compass are somewhat better than "Left-wing" and "Right-wing" definitions, but are still far off. People not do have views simply divided up into "social freedom" and "economic freedom". They are however, generally consistent with an ideology. For instance, take "Libertarian" versus "Liberal". Based on the Nolan chart style, Libertarians advocate high social freedom and high economic freedom, whereas Liberals advocate high social freedom but low economic freedom. If this were true, we would see far fewer differences on the social side between Libertarians and Liberals. The Greens are classified as "social liberals", but they often advocate considerable restrictions on personal freedom, i.e. junk food crusades, anti-guns. These are not consistent with "personal freedom". They are, however, consistent with an ideology.

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