Poll: Your Political Alignment Feb 6, 2017 11:18:46 GMT
Post by fujiwarafan on Feb 6, 2017 11:18:46 GMT
That's merely a matter of perspective. Many people think very differently about left/right.
-many people think of Hitler as far right, yet the political compas has him close to the center
-many people think of Hillary Clinton as left, however the political compas has her to the far right, even to the right of Trump
-many people think of EU governments as left, although the political compas has them all comfortably on the right
-many people think of the european socialist parties as being to the left, yet the political compas has them to the right
These are all distinctions I agree with and many other people do aswell. The reason a lot of people do not is because left and right have lost their meaning or perhaps never really had one. Historically the left were the disenfranchised and the right were the people in power. The entire distinction is based on the seating in the french national assembly from 1789, when the royalists seated to the right and the revolutionaries seated to the left.
It's hard to come up with any meaningful distinction if that is your basis. Technically you could twist and turn things so that almost anything fits to the left and almost anything fits to the right as you can redefine what left and right means as you see fit.
Generally "opening" is more associated with the left and "closure" more to the right but if you get into free-market and protectionism things get a lot more fuzzy. For instance Marx (who is the poster boy for the far left) was against the free-market, while libertarians typically want the most free market possible and the smallest state.
On The Political Compas they went with an economic distinction between left and right which I think is (one of) the most meaningful way(s) to look at it. However both left and right have aquired so many meanings that it's impossible to boil it down to one thing. Unfortunately this encourages making politics a show rather than an actual debate but it's hard to change it.
Reality is too complex for such labels. However while I think some of the questions are questionable (to say the least), I actually like general measures of the political compas because it's easy to decipher.
I pretty much agree on everything, especially because politics evolves with history and reality. The EU alignements and economic policy are a typical example of this. What hasn't changed much is the social view of the two sides. Left keeps standing on the "opening", while right on the "closure" and that's what the political compass lacks: a proper way to determine that economic policies have kind of switched and keep on changing. So you have me being put in the "authoritarian left" section but being a fan of Marine Le Pen for example.