Social vs Economic Conservatism
June 16, 2006 4:25 AM   Subscribe

I need a link to the online test that analysis political conservatism and social conservatism.

Help me win or lose an argument. I did a test online recently that rated people on the scale of personal freedom (libertarionism) vs social freedom (socialism vs fascism). What was this test?
posted by arha to Law & Government (6 answers total)
Could it have been The Political Compass?
posted by enrevanche at 4:31 AM on June 16, 2006 [1 favorite]

This has some info on it, too.
posted by yesno at 5:10 AM on June 16, 2006

Those are two different tests in case anyone thought otherwise. The one in Yesno's wiki link is the American Libertarian Party's hook to show people how reasonable and even mainstream they are. It's worded to make make anyody who's not an avowed authoritarian or communist to think the LP might be a good fit for them.

The Political Compass was devised by Brits and covers the spectrum of Western political philosophies. However, because America is generally to the right of the rest of the West, many Americans think it's in some way slanted towards the American idea of what liberalism is.

The Political Compass is more comprehensive and seems to have had more work put into its design. Although I wouldn't say its designers have no agenda, I can say that if they do, it's not as transparent as the Smallest Political Quiz.
posted by Jenga at 7:05 AM on June 16, 2006

What's the argument?
posted by RufusW at 9:56 AM on June 16, 2006

There is another political quiz here, not as interesting as the political compass.
posted by Chuckles at 11:47 AM on June 16, 2006

If you're American, here is a more US-politics oriented version of the Political Compass. (Ie not affiliated, but based on the same concept, with more US-based reference points. Useful since as noted earlier, the "middle" in the USA is noticeably right of the norm in the western world, and it indicates the traditional territory of major US parties).
posted by -harlequin- at 1:42 PM on June 16, 2006

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