Vote compass unmasks Canadian political opinion
Canada is gearing up for another federal election and The CBC – Canada’s state-owned broadcaster – has released an online tool to help the undecided.
Called the “vote compass”, the application was created by an advisory panel of top political scientists.
The tool is a flash application consisting of 30 questions. The results of the answers are used to give an overall idea of your political position.
The positions of the major parties on each issue are also visible on a question-by-question basis at the end of the questionnaire. Users are encouraged to share their results via Facebook and Twitter, no doubt to encourage healthy debate.
A key part of CBC’s 2011 Federal Election coverage, the vote compass isbacked by a massive coast-to-coast marketing campaign. These marketing efforts in turn give CBC excusive rights to real-time analysis by the academics responsible for the vote compass’s creation.
And, not just for Canadians, this. Check out The Political Compass, a quiz that teases out social attitudes as well as attitudes to ownership to help you find out how left or right wing you really are. ®
Well shoot, paint me a left/leftie.
And there I was, thinking I was more of a rightwing type of person. Then again, a lot of questions had me go "I don't care", "not my problem", "why are you even asking about that, eh?" so maybe that skewed the results a bit, as I couldn't answer "mu" or "meh".
Some of these things just aren't interesting to me. Moreover, plenty of things people get hung up about in my view aren't rightly things the government needs to meddle in. In other questions, the implied dichotomy just doesn't exist for me. Like how I'd like not so much a small government, but the smallest that can efficiently do what we want it to do. That leaves open the question: Just what do we want our government to do? Mostly leave the population to mind their own business, but sometimes a government is mighty handy to step in.
The american system hinges on the government being mostly inefficient as protection against abuse. That is no longer tenable. So we'll have to find better, more efficient ways of keeping the government in check and preventing it from slowly growing, eventually and inevitably growing out of control. Hello scads and scads of TLAgencies.
Personally I'd really prefer a government that knows very well what it is there to do and also what it is not there to do, and does what it should do efficiently, with suitable and functional checks and balances built right in.
This clashes rather violently with what various political movements want, which most of the time turns out to be to make the machinery uniquely benefit them or theirs. To me, the government is there for everyone, and competition or even head-on clashes of crackpot philosophies is not the best grease for administrative machinery.
Re: authoritarian right-winger.
Hmm, apparently that'll be me in a sort of vague way.
Rather annoying really. Many moons back when I last had a go, I ended up as a right-wing libertarian, which is where I thought I still was and was happy with it. Apparently I've moved north a bit, just squeaking over the line. Most annoying.
Personally I regard "libertarian socialist" as a blatant contradiction in terms, in all bar the most theoretical sense. I also reckon anyone suggesting that someone might be "a bit of a c***" purely due to their political views is probably someone who's fallen into the usual socialist trap of thinking that "equality" somehow means "everyone must think the way we do". As that's the antithesis of libertarianism, I refer you to your own question.....
Short version: "Meh".
Even *if* the political spectrum really is a Left-Right one-dimensional line, then it's a line bent into a circle where the ultra-extreme Left and ultra-extreme Right join into an indistinguishable evil smudge on the fabric of humanity. Stalin, Hitler... both killed millions.
Thankfully Canadian politics is mostly in the middle. Leaving only the Axis of Stupid and the Axis of Corruption.