Political Compass Quiz - Hogeye Bill's Results
Here are my ancap answers to the Political Compass test. Quiz done 9/29/20.
- If economic globalization is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations.
Strongly agree. The only way it would serve corporations is if it was State controlled rather than free market.
- I’d always support my country, whether it was right or wrong.
Strongly disagree. I’m no statist shmoo.
- No one chooses their country of birth, so it’s foolish to be proud of it.
Strongly agree. That’s as retarded as being proud of one’s skin tone.
- Our race has many superior qualities, compared with other races.
Strongly disagree. The Bell Curves are mostly overlapping on all pertinent measures.
- The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Strongly disagree. The Rep faction is my enemy, and I hate Dems, too. The Dem faction is my enemy, and I hate Reps, too.
- Military action that defies international law is sometimes justified.
Strongly agree. I favor secession and devolution, which is generally against international law. International law was made up by a cartel of States.
- There is now a worrying fusion of information and entertainment.
Strongly agree. It’s always been that way. Read some HLM.
- People are ultimately divided more by class than by nationality.
Strongly disagree. History proves otherwise. Also, note how international socialism was superseded by nationalist socialism which turned to fascism. The class war theory failed, and is mostly bullshit.
- Controlling inflation is more important than controlling unemployment.
Strongly agree. Controlling inflation can be done by free banking, without any government intervention.
- Because corporations cannot be trusted to voluntarily protect the environment, they require regulation.
Strongly disagree. Protecting the environment requires market-generated law, which would have more ration property definitions and would not be selling pollution privileges to cronies as States do.
- “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” is a fundamentally good idea.
Strongly disagree. I am against ripping off able people to give to incompetents and moochers. I favor the opposite: From each according to his need, to each according to their ability.
- The freer the market, the freer the people.
Agree, as a heuristic, but there are some exceptions. A freed market is a necessary condition for liberty, but not a sufficient one.
- It’s a sad reflection on our society that something as basic as drinking water is now a bottled, branded consumer product.
Strongly disagree. If consumers what that shit, they should not be prevented from having it.
- Land shouldn’t be a commodity to be bought and sold.
Strongly disagree. The alternatives are retarded - government ownership, or no ownership where there is massive tragedy of the commons.
- It is regrettable that many personal fortunes are made by people who simply manipulate money and contribute nothing to their society.
Strongly agree. They are called Federal Reserve officers, Treasury agents, SEC officials, etc. Market capitalists manipulate capital and provide massive benefits to society, so the (trick) question is not about them.
- Protectionism is sometimes necessary in trade.
Strongly disagree. I support free trade, not government interference in trade.
- The only social responsibility of a company should be to deliver a profit to its shareholders.
Strongly agree,. People who own companies often seek non-monetary forms of profit that benefit society. This is a trick question, to catch people who think profit can only be money.
- The rich are too highly taxed.
Strongly agree. Taxation is theft. Everyone who is taxed at all is overtaxed.
- Those with the ability to pay should have access to higher standards of medical care.
Strongly agree. If you make more, you get better steaks, and wine, and cars, too.
- Governments should penalize businesses that mislead the public.
Strongly disagree. Things like this may be done by polycentric law, but compulsory governments are both incompetent to do this, but also have perverse incentives to abuse the power to favor cronies.
- A genuine free market requires restrictions on the ability of predator multinationals to create monopolies.
Strongly disagree. The very question is contradictory. If it is a free market, then by definition there is no government intervention. (Interpreting “restriction” as being governmental.)
- Abortion, when the woman’s life is not threatened, should always be illegal.
Strongly disagree. The woman owns her body, and has a right to evict parasites from it.
- All authority should be questioned.
Strongly agree. I am sovereign over myself, and make my own decisions.
- An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
Strongly disagree. That would make the whole world blind. Compensation to the victim is better.
- Taxpayers should not be expected to prop up any theaters or museums that cannot survive on a commercial basis.
Strongly agree. If they cannot hack it, they should go out of business. Robbing people is not an ethical option.
- Schools should not make classroom attendance compulsory.
Strongly agree. I am against government enslaving people, or indoctrinating children.
- All people have their rights, but it is better for all of us that different sorts of people should keep to their own kind.
Strongly disagree. Pluralism and diversity and a worldwide division of labor are good. Prosperous societies are pluralist; insular societies are inbred, ignorant, and poor. (In general.)
- Good parents sometimes have to spank their children.
Agree. I suppose. I don’t have kids, so I wouldn’t really know.
- It’s natural for children to keep some secrets from their parents.
Agree. By intuition and memory of being a kid.
- Possessing marijuana for personal use should not be a criminal offence.
Strongly agree. Also, it is morally permissible to kill pigs who enforce drug prohibition laws, since they are serial kidnappers allowed by monopoly statist law to victimize society.
- The prime function of schooling should be to equip the future generation to find jobs.
Strongly disagree. Education should be about thinking and learning about reality. It has many functions, not just training obedient proles. What about training to become productive entrepreneurs and capitalists? Note that the question stupidly assumes statist monopoly schools with one single purpose.
- People with serious inheritable disabilities should not be allowed to reproduce.
Strongly disagree. Only a hard-core statist who thinks the State should control people and society would agree with this totalitarian idea.
- The most important thing for children to learn is to accept discipline.
Strongly disagree. It is not good to train them to be slaves.
- There are no savage and civilized peoples; there are only different cultures.
Strongly agree. Virtually identical genetics have produced vastly different cultures.
- Those who are able to work, and refuse the opportunity, should not expect society’s support.
Strongly agree. They should live by voluntary means, and not by robbery. They have no right to receive plunder from statist robbery-redistribution schemes.
- When you are troubled, it’s better not to think about it, but to keep busy with more cheerful things.
Disagree, as a heuristic, but of course it depends on whether you can do anything about it or not. The hard truth is better than braindead evasion.
- First-generation immigrants can never be fully integrated within their new country.
Strongly disagree. I know first-generation immigrants who sucessfully integrated.
- What’s good for the most successful corporations is always, ultimately, good for all of us.
Strongly disagree. Some of the most successful corporations are crony corporation, living off of government favoritism and subsidies. I might agree if the question specified *market* corporations, as opposed to political corporations.
- No broadcasting institution, however independent its content, should receive public funding.
Strongly agree. Firms should not be given stolen tax-plunder.
- Our civil liberties are being excessively curbed in the name of counter-terrorism.
Strongly agree. The Patriot Act and MCA, among other State decrees, have restricted liberty. And there’s the torture of Julian Assange.
- A significant advantage of a one-party state is that it avoids all the arguments that delay progress in a democratic political system.
Strongly disagree. Even more authoritarianism is a bad thing.
- Although the electronic age makes official surveillance easier, only wrongdoers need to be worried.
Strongly disagree. The State will go after dissenters, and overlook their own wrongdoers, obviously.
- The death penalty should be an option for the most serious crimes.
Agree. But only in a polycentric (anarchist) legal system, not under statist monopoly law. States will abuse this power, and rulers are incompetent to use it justly.
- In a civilized society, one must always have people above to be obeyed and people below to be commanded.
Strongly disagree. I interpret “obey” and “command” in the statist sense here. If this were about natural social hierarchies, such as teacher-student or employer-employee, I would agree.
- Abstract art that doesn’t represent anything shouldn’t be considered art at all.
Strongly disagree. It is called “abstract” because it *does* represent something to many. What it represents is simply not uniform among people, i.e. it is subjective.
- In criminal justice, punishment should be more important than rehabilitation.
Strongly disagree. Restitution to the victim(s) is most important. Punishment/revenge should not be a consideration at all. Repaying the victim would likely involve some rehabilitation.
- It is a waste of time to try to rehabilitate some criminals.
Strongly agree. Some people are just fucked up.
- The businessperson and the manufacturer are more important than the writer and the artist.
To whom? For what purpose? I can’t answer this one. I do not rank occupations like that. The businessperson and manufacturer are more fundamental, in the sense that until wealth is available, the more esoteric pursuits cannot be done at all. Oh! The test is forcing me to choose, so due to that “more fundamental” thing, I will reluctantly say “Agree.”
- Mothers may have careers, but their first duty is to be homemakers.
Strongly disagree. I do not tell others what their first duty should be. If the mother is a brilliant scientist, then she should probably do that instead of being a nanny. Division of labor!
- Multinational companies are unethically exploiting the plant genetic resources of developing countries.
Agree. Some multinational crony corporations, with the help of governments, have done that. E.g. Monsanto.
- Making peace with the establishment is an important aspect of maturity.
Strongly disagree. It is an unfortunate aspect of servility to the State.
- Astrology accurately explains many things.
Strongly disagree. I guess the testers want to know who the woolly-brained mystics are.
- You cannot be moral without being religious.
Strongly disagree. Theists simply overlay their existing cultural norms on their scriptures, and ignore the discrepancies. Morality should be based on rational empiricism, not commands of imaginary supernatural critters.
- Charity is better than social security as a means of helping the genuinely disadvantaged.
Strongly agree. Voluntary charity is better than robbery. “Charity muggings” are wrong.
- Some people are naturally unlucky.
Disagree. Not strongly, since often people make their own “luck” through their actions.
- It is important that my child’s school instills religious values.
Strongly disagree. If I had a child, I would *not* want it indoctrinated by anti-scientific superstition at all.
- Sex outside marriage is usually immoral.
Strongly disagree. It is fun, and perfectly moral among consenting adults.
- A same sex couple in a stable, loving relationship should not be excluded from the possibility of child adoption.
Strongly agree. If they can buy the baby, then they should have it.
- Pornography, depicting consenting adults, should be legal for the adult population.
Strongly agree. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.
- What goes on in a private bedroom between consenting adults is no business of the state.
Strongly agree. The State should not even exist.
- No one can feel naturally homosexual.
Strongly disagree. That’s retardedly counter-factual. Homosexuality occurs in all cultures, and in the animal kingdom.
- These days openness about sex has gone too far.
Strongly disagree. And why would I give a shit, so long as lovers don’t “scare the horses.”
One problem I have with the Political Compass is that it seems to have been made by socialists who don't understand free market capitalism. Even the most hard-core pure anarcho-capitalists score as moderate libertarian right, because to the authors of the quiz a "real capitalist" has to favor corporations as such, even crony corporations.
I am a pure anarcho-capitalist, so logically I should score in the extreme lower right. I lost points for being against crony capitalism.