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Hyroglyphx
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Message 66 of 181 (538319)
12-05-2009 3:06 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by Percy
03-07-2009 9:10 AM


Test scores
The lowest total possible would be 20, and the highest, 180, but real scores are almost never that extreme. Introductory psychology students at my Canadian university average about 75. Their parents average about 90. Both scores are below the mid-point of the scale, which is 100, so most people in these groups are not authoritarian followers in absolute terms. Neither are most Americans, it seems. - pg. 14 "The Authoritarians"

I scored an 73.

I'm not too keen on the verbiage though. It seemed to be primarily focused around religion, but I associated words like "evil" to mean deviant behavior such as crime.

Am I missing something here?

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Message 68 of 181 (538461)
12-07-2009 9:13 AM
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12-05-2009 6:07 PM


I scored 23%, reasonably average on the RWA test.

Wouldn't a really high score mean totalitarianism and a really low score mean anarchism as being the two extremes of the spectrum?

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Message 95 of 181 (568348)
07-05-2010 9:59 AM
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07-02-2010 4:10 AM


Do you believe people are not aware of their differences in view point to the extent they will alway miss label themselves? Or is their label choice based upon their assessment of the majority of their views?

I find that most people are simply disinterested with politics altogether. A very large percentage of the population really doesn't even understand what the terms liberal or conservative mean, or if they do, they have a vague understanding.

While EvC is a microcosm of society, I think EvC attracts enough cerebral and decently informed people that we wouldn't have that issue here, but there are an astonishing amount of uninformed and/or apathetic people walking amongst us.

These are the people that politicians target the most; that they'll whisper sweet nothings in their ear to gain their trust.


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Message 96 of 181 (568351)
07-05-2010 10:08 AM
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07-04-2010 5:12 PM


Re: the political box 2D spectrum is a better picture
Although I did find some question " unanswerable", because my view was a bit more nuanced.

I found the same problem with the test. I found some objections to the verbiage which seemed to all but force it to be unanswerable.


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Message 97 of 181 (568352)
07-05-2010 10:11 AM
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07-05-2010 4:19 AM


Re: Compiled political box 2D spectrum picture ... so far
Where are you guys accessing this grid test?


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Message 105 of 181 (568367)
07-05-2010 11:16 AM


Not one authoritarian minded soul yet, either rightwing or leftwing. Everyone seems libertarian for social aspects. The only real considerable deviation is left/right on economic policies.


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Message 110 of 181 (568413)
07-05-2010 6:40 PM
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07-05-2010 3:58 PM


Re: My Score
That's not even authoritarian rightwing, that's like Hitler and Mussolini fusing DNA to become this hideous, rightwing chimera.


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