The Corpus Callosum

Not much commentary needed on this graphic.  HT to Blast

 Most of the liberals are actually conservative.

 Some of the Republican
candidates are close to being as authoritarian as Hitler or Stalin.


I  thought would have been in the lavender zone.
 It does not surprise me, though, to see most of the
Democratic candidates falling to the right of center.

Update: John Lynch posted about this before I did. Good comments there.


  1. #1 Janne
    August 17, 2007

    And this while remembering that the likes of Kucinich would still be considered too far right to be nominated for leadership in, say, the Swedish Conservative party.

    A leader in Swedens largest daily newspaper made this point recently: no matter which US candidate wins, we still have to deal with someone who is more conservative, authoritatian and religious than anybody in our own political landscape. Talking about US moving left or right is in reality a complete non-event.

  2. #2 Seth Anderson
    August 17, 2007

    I’ll admit I actually haven’t been paying attention to the platforms of specific candidates, other than in a vague way. Data like this is probably why – none of them are talking to me anyway (I scored way, way to the left on this scale). I could probably live comfortably in Sweden.

  3. #3 Mark P
    August 17, 2007

    You can certainly have fun with this kind of thing, but you should only take it for what it’s worth. I suspect a little bias in the questions as well as the rating.

  4. #4 Russell Blackford
    August 20, 2007

    Lol, interesting to see the two candidates whom I’ve never even heard of (though I assume they are well known over there in the States) are the only ones vaguely in the vicinity of where I always come out on this kind of political compass test. I’d be considerably more libertarian than them, but probably about as far to the left … maybe even a bit further towards the centre on one of my more gung-ho pro-market days. But Edwards is the only other one anywhere near where I’d be. If this is really an accurate representation of American politics, it’s pretty scary.

  5. #5 John
    August 21, 2007

    The Americans would have a bloody good laugh at that list of presidential candidates and where this site has put them on the political compass.

    Edwards and Obama are as far left as you can get, they would both be on the bottom left of that.

    Bill Clinton would have been around the centre point but about a cm down, whereas Hillary would be about one cm to the left and up as well.

    Giuliani is probably one of the most liberal Republicans. He’d only be a half cm to the right at the most on that and definitely not authoritarian.

    Saying that some of the Republicans are like Hitler and Stalin I mean come on get a grip! Get some perspective here. Not very accurate IMHO.


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