I don't think the results of the test should be taken too
seriously---I found several questions that were rather
ambiguous and my results might have been different if I
had interpreted them differently. The test also rated
me as more libertarian than David Friedman,
which seems rather wrong to me. Nor are the results
below representative of all bloggers, since it is a self selected
But it's fun to do the test and see where you end up, so enjoy yourself!
If you want to add your own result to the table, you
can take the political compass survey
Update: There has been some interesting discussion
about whether a 2D political model like this is at all meaningful.
Julian Sanchez says "yes", while Matt Yglesias says "no". I've
plotted the results and drawn a best-fit line through them and it
looks to me as if there is some justification for a 2D
model. On the left side of the graph most everyone lies
close to the line, but on the right side there are
people in the top right quadrant ("conservatives") and in
the bottom right quadrant ("libertarians") and the line
isn't really close to either group.
Possibly this is because libertarians are overrepresented in this
(non-random) sample. If libertarians are much less
common in the general population then the conventional
left/right axis will fit much better there.
Update 2: Russell Arben Fox is all by himself in the upper left of the
graph and is feeling lonely.
At the moment about two thirds of the entries are on the left
side. I think this is because left bloggers are more
likely to read left blogs, so links to this page have
propagated more in left blogspace.
Update 3: Jacob Levy found the Political Compass questions so bad that he couldn't even get consistent results from the survey. Well, now there's
a a better survey.