11.15: proj.pol/politicalCompass.org`@addn is near @BernieSanders:
. I took a test from politicalCompass.org
that measures your position within
a political space of 2 dimensions:
an economic scale going from Left to Right
(from communism aka state-controlled economy
to neoliberalism aka liberated capitalism)
and a social control scale going from
libertarianism aka anarchy to authoritarianism.
following are the questions they asked me,
and my detailed response.
. the test allows only 4 responses:
strongly or mildly agree or disagree.
. they claim my location is shared by Bernie Sanders;
moderate anarcho-syndicalism (libertarian socialism);
although I'm sure we have some major differences,
such as my belief in childrens' rights to
parents without genetic diseases (eugenics).
. my Political Compass out of -10...+10:
Economic Left/Right: -5.5
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.13
how you see the country and the world:
If economic globalization is inevitable,
it should primarily serve humanity rather than
the interests of trans-national corporations.
I'd always support my country, whether it was right or wrong.
Disagree [ I've published 9/11 was an inside job;
not that I agree with Islamic terrorists;
I hope I'd have the courage to defy fascists]
No one chooses his or her country of birth,
so it's foolish to be proud of it.
Disagree [be proud when it deserves it]
Our race has many superior qualities, compared with other races.
Disagree [quite a lot of variation with each race:
there are intelligent ethical individuals not races.]
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Disagree [though unions can strengthen in a pinch]
Military action that defies international law
is sometimes justified.
agree [what if the law makers are wrong?
is the UN right about ethnic-protecting Israel?
then is it right about ethnic-protecting Russia?.]
There is now a worrying fusion of
information and entertainment.
agree [less derision and more sober thought
when dealing with serious issues.]
People are ultimately divided more by class than by nationality.
agree [most are more committed to culture than to nation]
Controlling inflation is more important than controlling unemployment.
Disagree [but the question assumes one has to be;
by controlling population growth,
you reduce demand and thus inflation
and you reduce unemployment.]
Because corporations cannot be trusted to voluntarily
protect the environment, they require regulation.
"from each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
is a fundamentally good idea.
Strongly agree [the socialist in me:
welfare tax is not a burden with population control]
It's a sad reflection on our society that
something as basic as drinking water is now a bottled, branded consumer product.
Agree [with good environmental laws
you don't need special water for drinking:
all the water is drinkable.]
Land shouldn't be a commodity to be bought and sold.
Disagree [with good population control;
there is plenty of land for everyone;]
It is regrettable that many personal fortunes
are made by people who simply manipulate money
and contribute nothing to their society.
agree [a reference to day traders]
Protectionism is sometimes necessary in trade.
Strongly agree [to protect a standard of living,
and to support national self-sufficiency]
The only social responsibility of a company
should be to deliver a profit to its shareholders.
Strongly disagree [why the need to regulate]
The rich are too highly taxed.
disAgree [but question is too vague:
what situation is it talking about? usa 2016?
why are we borrowing when we could tax;
but perhaps we spend too much;
so much war and unemployment.]
Those with the ability to pay should have the right to
higher standards of medical care.
disAgree [but I wasn't happy with the question:
one reason for outrageous medical costs
is that all diseases must be cured regardless of cost;
sometimes death is our friend.
. a major cost is cancer, and a major cause is
unregulated capitalism polluting and designing bad foods.]
Governments should penalize businesses that mislead the public.
A genuine free market requires restrictions on the
ability of predator multinationals to create monopolies.
Strongly disagree [definition of genuine free market]
The freer the market, the freer the people.
[the free capitalist creates monopolies
that reduce freedom of choice;
creates pollution that causes loss of health.]
personal social values:
Abortion, when the woman's life is not threatened,
should always be illegal.
Strongly disagree [ok if the fetus is not in pain;
better to euthanize me when my mother doesn't want me]
All authority should be questioned.
Strongly agree [ethics 101]
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
Strongly disagree [concentrate on prevention
and harm reduction]
Taxpayers should not be expected to prop up
any theaters or museums that cannot survive on a commercial basis.
Agree [let groups of volunteers fund them;
for their own use and renting a service;
but I believe in socialized education,
and museums might be part of education]
Schools should not make classroom attendance compulsory.
Agree [the question is vague;
I meant homeschooling is good too]
All people have their rights, but it is better for all of us
that different sorts of people should keep to their own kind.
disagree [we should allow ethnically pure communities
but not enforce segregation]
Good parents sometimes have to spank their children.
Agree [I sometimes hit myself;
a spanking pulls you out of overwhelming emotion]
It's natural for children to keep some secrets from their parents.
Strongly disagree [I misunderstood the question?:
it may be natural for kids to hide from authority,
but authority should not allow it.
you want to know everything your child knows.]
Possessing marijuana for personal use
should not be a criminal offence.
Strongly agree [but I regretted this question:
I meant there should be no federal law;
it should be up to your community.]
The prime function of schooling should be to
equip the future generation to find jobs.
Disagree [educate to instill ethics and culture,
and train them to better live with inner self]
People with serious inheritable disabilities
should not be allowed to reproduce.
Strongly agree [child's rights vs parenting rights;
does my parent have a right to give me a disease?]
The most important thing for children to learn
is to accept discipline.
Strongly disagree [but what is discipline?
certainly you want educate children
and make them practice skills that help them grow]
There are no savage and civilised peoples;
there are only different cultures.
Strongly disagree [this is the excuse for america;
europeans supposedly civilized the natives;
but the europeans just replaced one savagery with another.
the civilized are honest peace-keepers, not thieves.]
Those who are able to work, and refuse the opportunity,
should not expect society's support.
Disagree [we should give limited support
for limited cooperation]
When you are troubled, it's better not to think about it,
but to keep busy with more cheerful things.
Disagree [I like to write about it]
First-generation immigrants can never be
fully integrated within their new country.
Strongly disagree [they can share the same values
even if they never share the same culture.]
What's good for the most successful corporations
is always, ultimately, good for all of us.
Strongly disagree [how free capitalism screws us,
with their pollution and their unsafe products.]
No broadcasting institution,
however independent its content,
should receive public funding.
Agree [we should volunteer to fund public goods]
how you see the wider society:
Our civil liberties are being excessively curbed
in the name of counter-terrorism.
Strongly agree [listen to Eric Larsen Ph.D.]
A significant advantage of a one-party state
is that it avoids all the arguments that
delay progress in a democratic political system.
Disagree [but not strongly:
one advantage of being a slave
is that there is a perfect strong unity;
civilization doesn't require being a slave
unless we must unite to overpower an enemy
whose rule would be worse than our party.]
Although the electronic age makes official surveillance easier,
only wrongdoers need to be worried.
Disagree [surveillance needs to be done by
an entity we can trust:
what if our NSA tells the mafia
how to more easily rob us?]
The death penalty should be an option
for the most serious crimes.
Disagree [death is an escape;
once a person has served there time
or been deemed unrehabilitatable
the can choose to be euthanized.]
In a civilized society, one must always have
people above to be obeyed and people below to be commanded.
Disagree [consensus might be possible]
Abstract art that doesn't represent anything
shouldn't be considered art at all.
Strongly disagree [certainly all abstractions
represent something to someone!]
In criminal justice, punishment should be
more important than rehabilitation.
Strongly disagree [most money should be spent on
prevention and harm reduction.]
It is a waste of time to try to rehabilitate some criminals.
Agree [instead of rehab, there may be a need for
controlled environs that limit access to victims
rather than serve as punishment.]
The businessperson and the manufacturer
are more important than the writer and the artist.
Disagree [the question was referring to?]
Mothers may have careers, but their first duty is to be homemakers.
Strongly disagree [most care can be done by nannies
and the mother can use a breast pump at work]
Multinational companies are unethically exploiting
the plant genetic resources of developing countries.
Agree [not sure of the details of this,
but apparently someone is complaining.]
Making peace with the establishment
is an important aspect of maturity.
Strongly disagree [the civilized should
work to civilize the establishment.]
propositions on religion:
Astrology accurately explains many things.
Disagree [question is referring to?
establishment says it is bogus;
but the truth of it could be a secret.]
You cannot be moral without being religious.
Strongly disagree [religion is about dogma;
believing to honor your parents or nation;
often associated with immorality.]
Charity is better than social security
as a means of helping the genuinely disadvantaged.
Disagree [charity refers to church charity:
you get a free meal after listening to a preacher;
a good religion might help the addicted personality,
but today's religions are not so good at it.
. what if you find the christian message offensive?
don't you deserve our help anyway?
maybe it should be a community choice:
our social taxes help people who follow our community laws.]
Some people are naturally unlucky.
Disagree [luck is due to the supernatural;
some are supernaturally unlucky.]
It is important that my child's school instills religious values.
Strongly disagree [skip the dogma;
let's get the kid civilized and critically thinking.]
a look at sex:
Sex outside marriage is usually immoral.
Disagree [but promiscuity is usually unhealthy]
A same sex couple in a stable, loving relationship
should not be excluded from the possibility of child adoption.
Strongly agree [especially people with genetic disease
should adopt unless they have personality disorders;
homosexuality is not a disordered personality.]
Pornography, depicting consenting adults,
should be legal for the adult population.
Strongly agree [but might be community specific]
What goes on in a private bedroom between consenting adults
is no business of the state.
Strongly agree [but should be healthy;
unless they pay their own healthcare costs.]
No one can feel naturally homosexual.
Strongly disagree [religious dogma claims
we all have a devil in us telling us to do the wrong thing,
and we have the god telling us to do the right thing;
how can you tell the difference? the bible tells us;
so, we just need to read it to do the right thing,
and then we can undo tattoos and stop feeling homosexual.
what if the god of the bible is the devil
(the supernatural calling we should resist)?
we need to have a real reason for everything.]
These days openness about sex has gone too far.
Disagree [I'm for modesty but
orientation choices can be obvious;
perhaps it should be a community choice.]