Most folks put themselves as “normal” and work around that. It’s a good test. I thought I was politically center until I took a few tests. Out of all of them, this is best for Americans as it’s accurate enough and specific enough that I couldn’t say it was totally wrong about me. No, I won’t watch the video. I form my opinions by observation of behaviors, individual and group. I form my own theories. They happen to fall in the “left libertarian” / social anarchist – call it whatever.

Most folks put themselves as “normal” and work around that. It’s a good test. I thought I was politically center until I took a few tests.

Out of all of them, this is best for Americans as it’s accurate enough and specific enough that I couldn’t say it was totally wrong about me.

No, I won’t watch the video. I form my opinions by observation of behaviors, individual and group. I form my own theories.

They happen to fall in the “left libertarian” / social anarchist – call it whatever.

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You are what you eat and I don’t like eating from one-way sources unless I consider it somewhat authoritative.

This is why I talk to people online. It’s two-way communications.

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Primarily scientific sources with reasoning. I’m skeptical of statistics though.

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“Two sides” is a fallacy as is “horseshoe theory”.

When I look at politicians in the USA, I see millionaires and billionaires roleplaying using money drawn from 315 million individuals and numerous small/medium businesses and creating a bread and circus drama.

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American political thinking is and always was far more diverse than 2.

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“The masses” (which is a terrible term in my mindset) are more diverse in political opinion than politicians.

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People can’t coalesce. Also, humans are not consistent. There are patterns of course but “coalescing” is a function of our two-party system forcing 2 choices to vote with, that’s all.

While *not* voting, you have a diversity of political thought among citizens

BUT – the *rhetoric* is polarized. It’s important to distinguish “show” from what’s actual.

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I am. But that’s because I tend to be pedantic and mostly consistent.

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People who play together look and sound similar after a while, that’s all.

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I don’t have a favorite band. I don’t know

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You know how I have my political views?

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Mind pollution is easy. I don’t watch documentaries for the same reasons that I don’t watch political commentators much.

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Oh, it’s very easy. It starts with “What if?” or “Suppose”, usually followed by a “thought experiment”.

From that thought experiment, which is fiction, it is mapped onto real people and situations and facts are made to fit so that it is consistent with the thought experiment parameters.

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This is a pattern I’ve seen so many times that I accept it as truth.

It’s a way to shift people’s way of thinking without them noticing it.

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No. Shifting is not good if you want to retain a skeptical aloof view from within your own way of thinking.

Activism is the point where you want to shift others. But not prior.

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No. A scientific skepticism is best and with emotional fields like politics, applying it to one’s self is crucial.
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 Ok. My perspective. I hate politics. Always was boring. I voted but “whatever. It’s only when it affected me that I started caring a bit.I took a test in 2014, swore I’d never get interested in politics.But events 2015-, I had to figure out my political identity.I took more tests, talked to a lot of people online.Now I have a good idea where I fall in it.
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 My first test in 2014. Political compass. It’s common and useful to take. But it’s long and boring to take.Took it again in 2016. I shifted a little to the right and up from here.Took it again in 2018. I shifted down from 2014 and a little more left from here.
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 2018. As you can see, over 4 years it’s similar but not same. I suspect if I took the test as a teenager, if it existed, it wouldn’t be much different.
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Next time you are going to _watch_ a political video, use that time to take a test.
 
Know thyself.
 
https://www.politicalcompass.org/
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 Did you ever take these tests? “Hidden Tribes” I recommend if in the USA. Short, more interesting and immediately useful.Also: HOW you want to go against globalization makes a HUGE difference.”For the left, the problem with globalisation is that it has given free rein to capital and entrenched economic and political inequality. The solution is therefore to place constraints on capital and/or to allow people to have the same freedom of movement currently given to capital, goods, and services. They want an alternative globalisation.For the right, the problem with globalisation is that it has corroded supposedly traditional and homogeneous cultural and ethnic communities – their solution is therefore to reverse globalisation, protecting national capital and placing further restrictions on the movement of people”
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 What’s good about these tests is that they form a baseline from which to discuss differences.The left/right dichotomy is limited in value.
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 The hardest illusion I had to drop about myself was:“I am politically centered”.
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 Can we function without theory?
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 I don’t think humans can operate without theory. “Theory theory” is the operational construct I think is most valid at present.
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  Describe the difference between ideology and theory.
[or take a political test, which i think is more useful than this]
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 * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory-theory is from which I’m talking about theory.
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