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Another political compass test:

These tests are pretty arbitrary as to your precise position on the ideological spectrum. Do one's views on gay marriage get weighted just the same in the outcome as whether one thinks parents should use spanking as a form of discipline? Weighted more? Less? How much so? But the tests do tend to capture roughly where people stand. Besides, they're fun.

I came out a +2.00 on the economic issues scale (that's slightly right of center) and -3.38 on the social issues scale (that's libertarian, a word I would not use to describe myself, but only slightly so). Pretty boring: I'm basically a moderate according to this test, certainly less libertarian than either Andrew Sullivan or, I'm guessing, most of my fellow VC bloggers.

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My Political Compass Score:

I retook the Political Compass questionnaire tonight, and scored fairly libertarian: 7.38 on the economic left/right axis, and -2.92 on the social libertarian/authoritarian axis.

Like others, I have problems with the test. Among other things, some of the questions seem to presume that if one holds that a given practice or activity is immoral or unethical, it is appropriate for the state to intervene. Yet I reject this view. There are activities, both economic and social, that I believe to be wrong, yet should remain perfectly legal. Therefore, I question the relevance of questions about one's moral views in a test that purports to measure one's political views.

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