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Politics Quiz: Your political ideology in European terms

Sim

Registered Member
Interesting quiz:

http://www.selectsma...?client=polphil

By Douglas Dowell
Most political quizzes are geared to an American audience. ''Liberal'' means left, ''Conservative'' means right, and a whole range of European positions don't exist. This selector is intended to rank political philosophies and their subsections for you in European terms.
In order for this quiz to work properly, answer with the longer term and general principles in mind.
In other words, if you believe in the abolition of the private sector, answer on that basis even if you have a thousand-year timescale in mind! For those who wish to know my bias, I came out as a ''social liberal''.




My result is more or less what I expected:

Your top match for European Political Ideologies is:
You are a social liberal. Like all liberals, you believe in individual freedom as a central objective - but you believe that lack of economic opportunity, education, healthcare etc. can be just as damaging to liberty as can an oppressive state. As a result, social liberals are generally the most outspoken defenders of human rights and civil liberties, and combine this with support for a mixed economy, with an enabling state providing public services to ensure that people's social rights as well as their civil liberties are upheld.


Social liberal: 100%
Third Way: 80%
Libertarian Conservative: 79%
Social Democrat: 73%
Christian Democrat: 72%
Ecologist/Green: 66%
Market Liberal: 60%
Anarcho-Capitalist: 41%
Classical Socialist: 26%
Fascist: 14%
Anarcho-Communist: 6%
Communist: 0%
 

Major

4 legs good 2 legs bad
V.I.P.
Social Liberal: 100%
Ecologist/Green: 75%
Social Democrat: 72%
Market Liberal: 69%
Anarcho-Capitalist: 62%
Anarcho-Communist: 50%
Third Way: 39%
Libertarian Conservative: 34%
Christian Democrat: 24%
Classical Socialist: 23%
Communist: 4%
Fascist: 0%

I'm not surprised by my top two results, but I will say that I found some of the questions to be confusing.
 

Sim

Registered Member
Social Liberal: 100%
Ecologist/Green: 75%
Social Democrat: 72%
Market Liberal: 69%
Anarcho-Capitalist: 62%
Anarcho-Communist: 50%
Third Way: 39%
Libertarian Conservative: 34%
Christian Democrat: 24%
Classical Socialist: 23%
Communist: 4%
Fascist: 0%

I'm not surprised by my top two results, but I will say that I found some of the questions to be confusing.
So by American standards, you're a liberal with an environmentalist streak. :)

What confused you?
 

Major

4 legs good 2 legs bad
V.I.P.
I just thought the wording of a few of the questions were confusing.

14. It is wrong, a priori, for the private sector to be directly involved in the provision of public services.

15. It is preferable, a priori, for the private sector to be directly involved in the provision of public services where possible.
What is the difference between those two questions besides being worded in opposite ways? And how does a priori influence the question? I'm not very familiar with that phrase.

18. "Deregulation" is just management speak for cutting back on workers' rights.
Still not sure I understand this one. It would be a lot more clear if it simply asked if I agree or disagree with regulation.
 

Sim

Registered Member
I just thought the wording of a few of the questions were confusing.

What is the difference between those two questions besides being worded in opposite ways? And how does a priori influence the question? I'm not very familiar with that phrase.
Oh yes, I was a bit confused myself at first ... "a priori" means as much as "to begin with", like "as a matter of principle" as opposed to "depends".

The first question asks whether you think it is always wrong, as a matter of principle, to let private actors provide social services or not. People on the far-left would say so.

The second question asks whether you think it is always better to leave as much to the free market as possible, as a matter of principle. Libertarians would say so.

So if you say "no" to both questions, it means you're someone in the middle, saying "it depends". That's what moderates from either side are likely to say.

Still not sure I understand this one. It would be a lot more clear if it simply asked if I agree or disagree with regulation.
My best guess is that this question is aimed at finding out whether you're a far-left person or not: Many far-leftists are a bit paranoid about deregulation and think it serves no purpose but cutting down worker rights. While even moderate leftists who disagree with deregulation, would say "sure, it's bad to deregulate, but I see it could serve other purposes than attacking worker rights".
 

Dr4gon

Registered Member
V.I.P.
That was interesting. I agree with deregulation but I dont get how that affects workers rights.
Anyway I googled "a priori" and found this.

A priori
relating to or denoting reasoning or knowledge that proceeds from theoretical deduction rather than from observation or experience.
So I decided it basically means "In theory".
Anyway this is my results.

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica]Your top match for [/FONT] [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] European Political Ideologies [/FONT] [FONT=Arial, Helvetica] is: [/FONT] [FONT=Arial, Helvetica]
You are a libertarian conservative. You hold that the free market is the best way of organising economic activity, but you combine this with adherence to more traditional social values of authority and duty.
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dDave

Well-Known Member
V.I.P.
The wording to some of those questions is questionable at best. I think a lot of the questions are asked in a biased manner as they are written from the perspective of one individual (or a small group)

Anyway, my results.

You are a Christian democrat - or, in the UK, a "One Nation conservative"; in other words, although you share the usual conservative belief in stability and duty, you believe that such duties include a responsibility on the part of the better-off to help those who are less fortunate. You will be socially conservative, but in favour of a mixed economy where the state does have a role in providing public services. Christian democracy arose after World War II, succeeding more doctrinaire Catholic parties dating from the 1870s.



And my percentages.
Christian Democrat - 100%
Anarcho-Capitalist - 99%
Libertarian Conservative - 90%
Social Liberal - 82%
Market Liberal - 74%
Social Democrat - 70%
Third Way - 60%
Ecologist/Green - 56%
Anarcho-Communist - 28%
Classical Socialist - 4%
Communist - 2%
Fascist - 0%


The way this quiz is set up is really weird. You have to decide if you agree or disagree and on top of that you have to prioritize your choice?

It also really bothers me that there were TONS of issues that weren't even hinted at in the quiz, it can't possibly be that accurate.

Here in the United States I am defined as Tea Party/Libertarian (very similar viewpoints). I am especially fiscally conservative and definitely a social conservative. I don't see how I can be 82% social liberal. I am not a liberal, I believe in individual freedom but I pretty much entirely disagree with the liberal method of achieving that goal.
 

ReasontoBelieve

Registered Member
Your top match for European Political Ideologies is:
You are a Christian democrat - or, in the UK, a "One Nation conservative"; in other words, although you share the usual conservative belief in stability and duty, you believe that such duties include a responsibility on the part of the better-off to help those who are less fortunate. You will be socially conservative, but in favor of a mixed economy where the state does have a role in providing public services. Christian democracy arose after World War II, succeeding more doctrinaire Catholic parties dating from the 1870s.




I was kind of worried in the end where I was going to stand however politically I had to think fair. When dealing with political issues everything may not favor your way. . there does not need to be comprises and fairness among the people living in the nation. But it does not mean giving up all your morals either.

I was graded as a Christian Democrat. Not bad at all. . still I think I am a Christian conservative at home. But as a politician I may be somewhat at the center of issues sometimes. Which would make me not always a far right wing. .

You see I don't think as a Mormon thinks. A Mormon is a far right wants everything their way. Most especially the Salt Lake City government and council. If you're not a Mormon you don't really belong much in Salt Lake City. We as Christians usually consider this as a cult or semi cult. For most Christians as my self agrees other churches and groups has allowance in the estate and area of living. . yet not the privilege either to dominate in those areas such as who has most control over these businesses and households of residents. . if your in Salt Lake and your not a Mormon you may not be fully accepted. .

But sometimes as a Christian even Pat Robertson upsets me. I don't agree with all of his propositions, overpayment endorsements, investments, etc. this is where I may be more center right than far right. Cause to make more possible efforts with Democrats for peaceful and fair negotiations. Staying yet on the right wing and not giving up my morals.


I won't allow abortions as a peaceful solution. But I may be more open on economics for example being concerned with peoples right issues reaching a larger part of the population. I think Mit Romney did a mistake not taking enough time to target more interest groups. Obama pretty much won because attracted many and different kind of people. . Romney had to address specially how these interest groups would benefit from his campaign to be the president.


Still I believe in traditional marriage and benefit would not target those groups since the still can go vote Republican or Democratic anyways. but when it came to Spanish, Black, Asians, Indians, and women voters I would have sought out to answers for the communities. . I really think if he ran again this time he would have a number better chance to win. . people would want to see especially 2 things. . health care restored and their kids can eat food again..



Romney makes mistakes like everyone else. He is not perfect. But he has more compassion than what we see now. Would he push for a Mormon government? I really doubt that one. There are still too many Christian conservatives that would not allow that much change.
 

Van

Heavy Weapons Guy
V.I.P.
anarcho-capitalist 100%
liberal conservative 94%
Market liberal 86%
Christian democrat 76%
Social liberal 56%
Third Way 31%
Fascist 29%
anarcho-communist 26%
social democrat 4%
communist 4%
ecologist or green 0%

Not surprised at all.
 
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