Sunday, November 23, 2008

One's Political Compass?

The problem I have with some of these political/social "litmus tests" out there is that they tend to be littered with liberal academic bias. No offense to you Ph.D's but the test I just took sounds like it was written by the equivalent of an overly educated socialist cloistered in his ivory tower.

My political opposite, Tornwordo, turned me onto this poll. He uses this in his class as a means to create discussion. The website is called the Political Compass.

(BTW, I'm mad at him! Instead of spending my Sunday morning relaxed in front of the fire reading the newspaper I've gotten all riled up and have spent most of it taking this stupid test, then bickering and writing about it.)

My issue with this poll is in its propositions.

How can you agree with a statement like "the only social responsibility of a company should be to deliver a profit to its shareholders". Well of course companies should try and do more for society but the real question is should the government require them to do it - that I disagree with yet I agree with the general premise that companies should do more.

Another question: "Governments should penalise businesses that mislead the public". Well of course the government should hold businesses accountable but by saying that you either Agree or Strongly Agree pushes one toward a more liberal stance.

"The businessperson and the manufacturer are more important than the writer and the artist." What the hell kind of assertion is that? Would any person ever agree with that statement?

I bet the majority of people that take this test rarely wind up too far right of center or above the threshold into "authoritarian".

Regardless, my so called Political Compass results are as follows:

Economic Left/Right: 1.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.56


Anonymous said...

Hey Rick, what are you doing in Massachusetts? Pehaps you should move to Alabama or Georgia!

tornwordo said...

You're cute when you get a bee in your bonnet. I only take issue with the "overly educated" comment. Can we ever be too educated? I think not.