3.02.2007

political compass part 2

James plotted all our results on a graph. I asked him to also include Political Compass's placement of the 2004 US Presidential candidates and the parties in the 2006 Canadian election.

As West End Bound pointed out in comments, even the most conservative among us are still in the same quadrant as the NDP. No current wmtc reader who took the test is in the same sector as John Kerry, George W Bush or Stephen Harper.

But check out the Canadian Conservative Party and John Kerry, relative to each other. This is what I'm always trying to tell people! And do you see why I say Harper is not a Bush clone?

I know it's difficult to read. Click on the image to go to the Flickr page, then click on "all sizes" to see the original.

Many thanks to James for using his free time this way!

wmtc political compass

22 comments:

James said...

I've always said, "A 'Democrat' is what we in Canada would call a 'Tory'. We don't really have a word for 'Republican'." :)

L-girl said...

"A 'Democrat' is what we in Canada would call a 'Tory'. We don't really have a word for 'Republican'."

Very good!

I quote our old friend RobfromAlberta, a Tory, who said that Bill Clinton could be the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

redsock said...

Very cool!!!

So Harper is further to the left than Kerry.

L-girl said...

Yes, according to campaign statements, Kerry is to the right of Harper. No one in Canada is even close to Bush.

L-girl said...

Check out the current EU governments. Americans always talk about France and Spain like they're raving socialists. Not quite.

Peregrinato said...

I liked seeing this. I was concerned that the way people talked about seeming so conservative that maybe I was reading it wrong, and that I was an another quadrant. But I'm content in my lil corner!

West End Bound said...

But I'm content in my lil corner!

And we're all right there with ya' . . .

I was a bit concerned that I wasn't understanding the graph either 'til re-reading all the numbers. Big sigh of relief, let me tell ya!

Thanks to L-girl and James for this!

Scott M. said...

My wife Dawn was reading this over and decided to take the test...

The results?

Economic Left/Right: -4.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.10

L-girl said...

My wife Dawn was reading this over and decided to take the test...

The results?

Economic Left/Right: -4.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.10


And you are

Economic Left/Right: -2.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.23


That's a pretty good match. I see she's left of you on economic issues.

Do you usually vote the same way? Just curious.

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

I'm apparently the furthest left among all of your readers, but there are many others not far behind! Too fun.

L-girl said...

I'm apparently the furthest left among all of your readers,

Although there are a few of us further down the anarchy scale than you. :)

It's interesting how everyone who took the test here is in the same quadrant. There's variation, but only within the southwest corner.

Scott M. said...

We're usually pretty close, though I have voted for the Progressive Conservatives in the past... I would have even liked a Joe Clark government.

Dawn wouldn't go near them. "Ever" she says as I type this "They're Dirty... no don't put that... they're stupid."

BTW, having gone through the questions, I'd have to say that they've misplaced the Canadian parties' platforms. They're all in the lower left.

Scott M. said...

(except maybe the CHP...)

L-girl said...

Dawn wouldn't go near them. "Ever" she says as I type this "They're Dirty... no don't put that... they're stupid."

Smart woman, I see. (Dawn: welcome to wmtc!)

I'd have to say that they've misplaced the Canadian parties' platforms. They're all in the lower left.

What makes you say that? Or are you joking?

(And would you pleeeease get in touch with me off-blog about the tix? Thank you...)

David Cho said...

Economic Left/Right: -0.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.95

L-girl said...

So David Cho wins the prize as most conservative on the economic scale (relative to the others who took the test here), but is hanging out with Scott M, Dawn and some others on the authoritarian/libertarian scale.

Anonymous said...

L-girl said...

Yes, according to campaign statements, Kerry is to the right of Harper. No one in Canada is even close to Bush.


I dunno, Stockwell Day might be pretty close. He's an ardent young-Earth creationist. For those uninitiated in Fundie Christian idiocy, young-Earth creationism teaches that the biblical account of the Earth's creation is literally correct. In other words, the Earth is approximately 10,000 years old since the seven days of creation were seven literal 24-hour periods. I don't think even Bush is that stupid.

Interestingly, the riding just south of his is NDP country. And that's just as well, because that area includes the extraordinarily beautiful Nelson, B.C. and Kootenay Lake. Believe me when I tell you that if god exists, that's where her summer home is. But I digress.

How about Preston Manning, who spoke openly of reintroducing the death penalty in Canada?

Generally, though, I think you are correct. Any Canadian politician who openly believed that national health care was a bad idea, for example, would be run out of town on a rail. In the U.S., it's the exact opposite.

L-girl said...

No one in Canada is even close to Bush.

I dunno, Stockwell Day might be pretty close.


I wasn't referring to individual beliefs. Of course there are many people in Canada who are far-right. But in a Parliamentary system, it's the party platform that counts. Stockwell Day's personal beliefs aren't as important.

How about Preston Manning, who spoke openly of reintroducing the death penalty in Canada?

Same thing. He can talk about it, but it doesn't go anywhere.

I wasn't referring to people's personal beliefs. Those are largely inconsequential.

And of course I always add the disclaimer about not letting these people get a majority government. But based on party platform - which is what that graph shows - there is no Canadian party in Bush's sphere.

L-girl said...

I don't think even Bush is that stupid.

Now that is a strange thing to say.

Interesting you mention how beautiful a particular area is in relation to creationism. The creationists rate the lowest on the environmental scale. If you believe that we're nearing the End Times anyway, why not mine it for all its worth right now? Why bother with sustainable practices if the whole thing is about to go up in flames?

Many US mining companies are controlled by people who profess to believe that.

MSS said...

I see I missed out on the fun, but I just posted mine last week on the F&V sidebar (-3.88, -6.26).

Crabbi said...

I'm a little late to this, but here are my results:

Economic Left/Right: -7.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.36

L-girl said...

Hi MSS & Crabbi! I was hoping that both of you would show up and take the quiz. Thanks!