My Anwsers to the Political Compass Test

You can take this test at: I’ve copied the questions and shown my answers with commentary where appropriate.

If economic globalization is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations.   Strongly agree
I’d always support my country, whether it was right or wrong. Strongly disagree
No one chooses his or her country of birth, so it’s foolish to be proud of it. Disagree

If you’re country is doing something legitimately well, there’s no reason not to be proud of it.

Our race has many superior qualities, compared with other races. Disagree

I acknowledge that there are some differences between racial demographics.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Disagree
Military action that defies international law is sometimes justified. Agree

Defense of direct attack is reasonable.

There is now a worrying fusion of information and entertainment. Strongly disagree
People are ultimately divided more by class than by nationality. Disagree
Controlling inflation is more important than controlling unemployment. Agree

This is a weird one, since neither of these are things that can really be “controlled”.

Because corporations cannot be trusted to voluntarily protect the environment, they require regulation. Strongly agree
“from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” is a fundamentally good idea. Strongly disagree

One should be able to earn more than they strictly need

It’s a sad reflection on our society that something as basic as drinking water is now a bottled, branded consumer product. Strongly agree

Bottled water is dumb. Paying extra for the right brand of water is dumber.

Land shouldn’t be a commodity to be bought and sold. Agree

I believe individuals should be able to own land they use.

It is regrettable that many personal fortunes are made by people who simply manipulate money and contribute nothing to their society. Strongly agree
Protectionism is sometimes necessary in trade. Agree
The only social responsibility of a company should be to deliver a profit to its shareholders. Strongly disagree

Companies have obligations to their employees and customers.

The rich are too highly taxed. Agree

Almost everyone is too highly taxed

Those with the ability to pay should have the right to higher standards of medical care . Agree

I believe that some basic level of care should be provided to all, but beyond that, people should be able to choose as they like.

Governments should penalise businesses that mislead the public. Agree

Fraud should be illegal.

A genuine free market requires restrictions on the ability of predator multinationals to create monopolies. Strongly agree
The freer the market, the freer the people. Agree

In general, true, but can be taken to extremes.

Abortion, when the woman’s life is not threatened, should always be illegal. Disagree

I believe in reasonable limits (i.e. no abortion after a certain amount of time)

All authority should be questioned. Strongly agree
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Disagree
Taxpayers should not be expected to prop up any theatres or museums that cannot survive on a commercial basis. Strongly agree

The arts can raise money via donations, but not via the government.

Schools should not make classroom attendance compulsory. Strongly agree

Small children should be required to attend, but at least high school should be optional.

All people have their rights, but it is better for all of us that different sorts of people should keep to their own kind. Strongly disagree
Good parents sometimes have to spank their children. Agree

This should be limited to cases where a child is doing something that puts them or another in danger.

It’s natural for children to keep some secrets from their parents. Strongly agree
Possessing marijuana for personal use should not be a criminal offense. Strongly agree

I would make other drugs legal as well.

The prime function of schooling should be to equip the future generation to find jobs. Disagree

School should teach one how to learn and think.

People with serious inheritable disabilities should not be allowed to reproduce. Strongly disagree
The most important thing for children to learn is to accept discipline. Strongly disagree
There are no savage and civilised peoples; there are only different cultures. Strongly disagree

Cultural relativism is rubbish. Cultures where it is acceptable to behead people are not as civilised as cultures where it is not.

Those who are able to work, and refuse the opportunity, should not expect society’s support. Strongly agree
When you are troubled, it’s better not to think about it, but to keep busy with more cheerful things. Agree

Introspecting on what you can change is fine. Dwelling on your troubles is not so good.

First-generation immigrants can never be fully integrated within their new country. Disagree
What’s good for the most successful corporations is always, ultimately, good for all of us. Strongly disagree
No broadcasting institution, however independent its content, should receive public funding. Strongly agree
Our civil liberties are being excessively curbed in the name of counter-terrorism. Strongly agree
A significant advantage of a one-party state is that it avoids all the arguments that delay progress in a democratic political system. Strongly disagree
Although the electronic age makes official surveillance easier, only wrongdoers need to be worried. Strongly disagree
The death penalty should be an option for the most serious crimes. Agree

Second strike murderers, for example.

In a civilised society, one must always have people above to be obeyed and people below to be commanded. Strongly disagree
Abstract art that doesn’t represent anything shouldn’t be considered art at all. Agree

Just an opinion, here.

In criminal justice, punishment should be more important than rehabilitation. Agree

Really, prevention of harm to others should be paramount.

It is a waste of time to try to rehabilitate some criminals. Strongly agree
The businessperson and the manufacturer are more important than the writer and the artist. Disagree
Mothers may have careers, but their first duty is to be homemakers. Disagree

Mothers need to keep their commitments. If you expect your partner to be a home maker, you should discuss this before having children.

Multinational companies are unethically exploiting the plant genetic resources of developing countries. Disagree
Making peace with the establishment is an important aspect of maturity. Agree

You have to accept reality, but you don’t have to like it.

Astrology accurately explains many things. Strongly disagree
You cannot be moral without being religious. Strongly disagree
Charity is better than social security as a means of helping the genuinely disadvantaged. Strongly agree
Some people are naturally unlucky. Strongly disagree
It is important that my child’s school instills religious values. Strongly disagree
Sex outside marriage is usually immoral. Disagree

Adultery, on the other hand, is immoral.

A same sex couple in a stable, loving relationship should not be excluded from the possibility of child adoption. Agree

If they are the best couple that can be found. I’d personally prefer to have my child placed with a mixed couple, all other factors being equal.

Pornography, depicting consenting adults, should be legal for the adult population. Strongly agree

I have serious problems with pornography, but I don’t think making it illegal is the solution.

What goes on in a private bedroom between consenting adults is no business of the state. Strongly agree
No one can feel naturally homosexual. Disagree

How can one possibly know?

These days openness about sex has gone too far. Agree

According to the website, my answers makes me a Centrist/Libertarian.



About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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