reminder that the political compass was invented by libertarians to sell libertarianism and pretend they're not the same thing as nazis. it's not real
real politics are not a set of axes where your stances and allegiances can be compressed into a single number, and your ideology can't be determined by an online quiz
like even if the political compass wasn't a completely ass model with extremely blatant ideological goals, the idea that you could point to a dot on a graph and say 'that's me' would still be mistaking the map for the territory at best. it's myers-briggs for wonks
this is your brain on political compasses
@esvrld real politics takes place in a pancake store
@esvrld The only utility of the political compass is for shitposting purpose
@esvrld my ideology? activism
@esvrld eughhh. urghhuh
@esvrld how can someone put nazis on the left and make a distinction between liberalism and capitalism, while thinking it won't give away their position
@veggiemail two words: brain worms
@esvrld I love that Nazis are night next to communism, and nowhere near fascism
@esvrld political compass played on a launchpad
@esvrld this sucks so bad
@esvrld ah yes, noted political ideology, "Activism"
@esvrld "National-Communism" lmfao
I want to see a version of this for Philosophy. Would Nihilism be right next to, or opposite Existentialism?
I want to see a version of this for Religion. Would Christianity be right next to, or opposite Islam? Would Judaism be between the two or underneath all of them?
I want to see a version of this for arts & crafts. Would Body painting be between Impressionism and Fashion Design?
@esvrld oh fuck this is awful
@esvrld liberalism aka Enlightened Centrism
@esvrld honestly I'm just mad that they flipped the colors over the horizontal axis for no reason whatsoever
@esvrld The real problem is that capitalism is not linearly independent from authoritarianism, so the upper left and the lower right quadrants should be a lot smaller than they are.
@esvrld it's funny because modern political theory's adoption of the political compass has just deemed them nazis but stupid
@esvrld i don't think anybody thinks it's genuinely useful for political discussion
it's just really easy to make dumb jokes with
@esvrld IMO it's a good tool for discussing political perspectives to someone who isn't aquatinted to anything outside the American Democrat/Republican binary. You can introduce leftist economics as distinct from authoritarianism (which gets you the distressingly common "the Nazis are left wing" and "Communism = gulags" myths) along with exploring the link between capitalism and fascism, introducing anarchism, etc. etc. For the target audience, it's fine. Has its limits, but it's fine.
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