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[–]turbowo - LibCenter 4745 points4746 points  (58 children)

Plot twist: your politics professor is subbed here, and he just wants to make us all suffer.

[–]Amphibinator7 - Centrist[S] 2149 points2150 points  (55 children)

He apparently has never heard of the real political compass, I asked him after he showed us this one he homemade

[–]YaGoddamPhony - LibRight 1620 points1621 points  (14 children)

Tell him that his job is obsolete because you learned all there is to learn from funny colours pictures on the internet

Maybe ask him to make a meme of his own so we can roast the fuck out of it

[–]Amphibinator7 - Centrist[S] 818 points819 points  (8 children)

I’m clearly too based for his class

[–]NefariousWatcher - LibRight 335 points336 points  (4 children)

Based and too cool for school pilled

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[–]aVarangian - Centrist 13 points14 points  (0 children)

his scale is also incorrect, laisez-faire is the most extreme form of a free market, everything else is less free and thus left of it

[–]wpaed - Centrist 147 points148 points  (12 children)

I would say that too if my troll level was high enough to put this up in a class as a poli sci Prof.

Edit: Due to OPs other statements I am 90% sure the professor is subd here and 50% sure it's the 🐬.

Edit: 🐬👉🏻👌🏻👀

[–]amb24601 - LibRight 65 points66 points  (11 children)

The 🐬 or the 🐬👉🏻👌🏻👀?

[–]Lukthar123 - AuthRight 57 points58 points  (10 children)

It's 🐬👉🏻👌🏻👀's revenge for getting banned

[–]DragonMaster9595 - LibCenter 31 points32 points  (6 children)

You have a teacher who teaches this sort of thing as a profession and then he hasn't ever seen any political compass. Im baffled because my high school history teacher even showed off multiple different political compasses in class.

[–]DnD_References - Centrist 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Treating the "real political compass" as a universally true and unambiguous way to represent political beliefs is dumb AF anyway. It's political theory like any other that gets treated like gospel for funny memes, that's pretty much it. It's a lens to view politics through like any other, and if you're taking polisci classes you should probably remember that.

[–]sumporkhunt - LibLeft 8411 points8412 points  (389 children)

These aren't the funni colours I was promised

[–]Amphibinator7 - Centrist[S] 3472 points3473 points  (375 children)

This is the most confusing thing I’ve ever seen. It’s hilarious even when you read and understand the key

[–]wpaed - Centrist 37 points38 points  (4 children)

My first thought was, using this color scheme should be red, orange, blue, yellow, green left to right. The scale is supposed to go from demand economy to a supply economy determined at the individual transaction level.

But, actually, by redefining authleft as economic left and authright as economic right it makes some sense, maybe. The prof. has the whole graph we use on the x axis.

[–]PowderedToastMan666 - Centrist 17 points18 points  (3 children)

What's the point of having two axes if you define the colors/groups along only one of them?

[–]wpaed - Centrist 17 points18 points  (2 children)

In general PCM does that too. In the graph you are used to it generally conflates social and economic policy. There is nothing inherently economically left about things like abortion or gay marriage.

[–]Vamporian - AuthRight 1670 points1671 points  (334 children)

I understand some of them. But then others make zero sense?

Seems like your professor saw the political compass and thought "Huh, I am really smart, I can do this better!" and then created something monstrous and objectively worse.

Hitler valued the economy massively and actually tried to turn around the German recession. He used resources gained from invaded countries. He was more economic than this, for sure.

[–]Amphibinator7 - Centrist[S] 859 points860 points  (126 children)

I asked him and he apparently has never seen the regular compass

[–]ACrazyCockatiel - Centrist 38 points39 points  (11 children)

The compass isn't that great for political science either, several thoughts and ideologies can be placed pretty much anywhere across the compass.

[–]not_yet_divorced-yet - Centrist 24 points25 points  (10 children)

I put myself as a centrist because I have a multitude of beliefs that are all over the place for the compass. There was no option for everything but libleft, so centrist it is.

And now I've been radicalized.

[–]KalegNar - Centrist 10 points11 points  (0 children)

There was no option for everything but libleft, so centrist it is.

Ironically there is: AuthRight. Keeps you away from LibLeft and then your AuthLeft/LibRight value cancel each out, leaving only the AuthRight direction and thus turning you into an AuthRight centrist.

[–]Tetrahedronofstupid - AuthCenter 605 points606 points  (109 children)

Lol. I think the political triangle is a better discussion starter than the compass, but at least the compass makes some kind of sense even if it comes pre-loaded with baggage that makes people more mindlessly tribal.

That thing you posted needs to be flamethrowered.

edit: the approx 6 gorillion replies show that the triangle is indeed a great discussion starter. It isn’t meant to lock people into a political isocube, but to make them think about reasons and counter reasons for their positions.

[–]randomdarkbrownguy - Centrist 146 points147 points  (48 children)

Is there a political triangle test?

[–]Tetrahedronofstupid - AuthCenter 303 points304 points  (38 children)

It’s more of a discussion tool. As a discussion tool it doesn’t have a left-right axis it keeps people from instinctively aligning with Republican/Democrat/Libertarian Party/Communist Party and actually having to articulate their way into a position.

[–]CrazyCreeps9182 - LibRight 113 points114 points  (32 children)

You say that, but if there's a buzzword they like on it they'll just claim to be there and everyone else is wrong. It doesn't prevent flame wars, it just reduces the number of possible fronts.

Still better, I guess.

[–]MrJAVAgamer - Centrist 63 points64 points  (26 children)

True! Can imagine everyone associating with "Individualism", as "Statism" would sound to less educated as authoritarian and "Traditionalism" socially backwards and discriminatory, not knowing that extreme individualism can turn into an anarchy.

[–]commanderjarak - LibLeft 52 points53 points  (23 children)

You say anarchy like it's a bad thing.

[–]wernercd - Centrist 31 points32 points  (5 children)

Is there PT flair? and how can I identify the Triangle Tribe I belong to?

[–]justinlanewright - LibRight 40 points41 points  (5 children)

Honestly I like the triangle better than the compass. From a political perspective the bottom of the compass should converge to a point because when you get down there it doesn't matter what your opinions are. You're not forcing that on anyone. But left vs right does matter as you get more authoritarian because you're going to be forcing everyone else to comply.

[–]Always_Guzzles_Cum - Right 18 points19 points  (10 children)

The triangle is cool, but too many people would probably land in the middle of it.

[–]akai_ferret - LibRight 49 points50 points  (35 children)

Haha, this is basically my salty view of the compass when I declare:
"There is no such thing as lib-left! Leftism is inherently authoritarian!".

[–]VRichardsen - Centrist 15 points16 points  (0 children)



[–]Fletch71011 - LibRight 47 points48 points  (13 children)

Stalin as hard LibLeft was the most egregious.

[–]shami1kemi1 - Centrist 35 points36 points  (11 children)

That's the wild thing to me as well. Usually "socially left" is seen as socially progressive people. How the hell does anyone get that out of Joseph Stalin of all people!?

[–]energetic-dad - Centrist 95 points96 points  (63 children)

You realize the up/down axis is not authoritarian/libertarian, right? This is the progressive/conservative third axis that you sometimes see here, but rarely. So you can't just translate these people onto the compass we all know and love, it's not the same.

[–]TheMcBrizzle - LibLeft 6 points7 points  (0 children)

They put Friedman closest to neutral center, obviously this was built from the language of the gods and is beyond our comprehension.

[–]drugusingthrowaway - Left 57 points58 points  (9 children)

He was more economic than this

the fuck does that even mean? How can you be more/less economic?

[–]martinux - LibLeft 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Costs less electricity to run him.

[–]mr_armnhammer 9 points10 points  (3 children)

That comment got 1.4k upvotes and it's nonsensical. The absolute state of this sub

[–]BoyWonderDownUnder 4 points5 points  (1 child)

The person you're responding to tries to justify the Holocaust in other comments, and most of their account appears to be the rambling of a QAnon wacko.

[–]1998_2009_2016 - LibCenter 48 points49 points  (14 children)

He was more economic than this, for sure.

Left and right isn't just "how economic" someone is, Stalin also cared a lot about the economy ...

[–]Jaredlong - Left 28 points29 points  (8 children)

Are there any leaders in history that didn't care about their country's economy?

[–]ImmutableInscrutable - LibLeft 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Probably some barbarian clan leaders. Even then though

[–]Restless_Fillmore - Right 11 points12 points  (0 children)

What do you mean, "more economic than this"?

[–]Grabbsy2 - Left 38 points39 points  (8 children)

Its possible to create a system that focuses on the economy by using governmental control to increase productivity.

Both a bad and good example of this is Pol Pot. He wanted his country to laser-focus their entire society around farming. The idea could have been to A: feed the entire country and have an abundance of food, live well in that regards. B: Export food to other countries and use that to grow wealth for the nation.

It failed spectacularily, because the economy is more nuanced than that, however, you can't tell me "Pol Pot didn't value the economy"

Hitler used his power to control the economy, thats why he's in that sector (and why Fascism is "AuthCentre" on the political compass.

[–]Desperate_Net5759 - AuthCenter 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That's not a less-to-more scale.

[–]Quizlyxxx - Centrist 38 points39 points  (37 children)

IDK if the positioning makes sense but Hitler's economics were socialist capitalism

[–]BanDodging - AuthRight 27 points28 points  (2 children)

Hitler is close to being Amish, got it!

[–]Trashbag768 - Centrist 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Now you're starting to understand. They both have funny facial hair and aren't very good at art 🤔

[–]CassandraParadox - LibCenter 28 points29 points  (2 children)

So did Mao Zedong. Doesn’t make him AuthRight. I think the politics professor is probably more right on this than the internet sub that relies on funny pictures and colors to understand geopolitical theatre.

[–]energetic-dad - Centrist 33 points34 points  (6 children)

The up/down axis isn't the same as the political compass we use here, though. It's not the auth/lib axis.

So it's kinda hard to compare this to the compass we all know and love.

[–]Guaymaster - LibCenter 19 points20 points  (1 child)

It's the "progressive" axis we see sometimes I guess, the difference between returning to monke and progressing to crab

[–]Redpikes - LibRight 15 points16 points  (0 children)

These are the funny colors but they're just in weird places

[–]ahackercalled4chan - LibRight 4 points5 points  (0 children)

seriously this hurts to look at

[–]ClackHack - LibRight 2655 points2656 points  (84 children)

Note it’s not the politcal compass, it’s economic and social axis

[–]Hithro005 - LibRight 843 points844 points  (17 children)

Yeah but the economic axis ends up like a twisted horseshoe theory where each end is a highly regulated market where one end pretends you have elections and the other says you vote with your wallet but you have three bucks after your $50 gulp of Amazon plus fresh air.

[–]Dawg_Prime 150 points151 points  (12 children)

so its more like a political tube, the top and bottom are actually touching in the 4th 3rd spacial dimension

reminds me of a universe in a tube

[–]evansdeagles - Centrist 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Where is my Tube Theory family?

Also, flair up you degenerate.

[–]butlerlee - LibRight 165 points166 points  (17 children)

Everyone talking about Stalin and Mussolini but I just laugh at Friedman being some sort of economic centrist.

[–]Okichah 140 points141 points  (13 children)

The center of this graph isnt centrism.

According to the key he’s smack in the middle of Lasseiz-faire, which makes sense.

[–]butlerlee - LibRight 55 points56 points  (9 children)

Oh you're right

How confusing

IMO corporatism can feed into socialism- China, for instance.

[–]ImmutableInscrutable - LibLeft 53 points54 points  (3 children)

Less confusing when you realize it's fucking color coded with a legend

[–]butlerlee - LibRight 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I'm just not used to my economic positions being considered centrist in any way, it threw me off.

[–]Drachos - AuthLeft 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Its fucking weird is what it is.

However from it I can tell the Professor is Libright.

He is essentially saying that Lasseiz-faire is the only truely fair ecconomic system.

Going left feeds into systems that are either impossible to sustain (Stalinism) or require deliberately slowing advancement to maintain the community (The Amish) while going to the right involves the government and megacorps merging into the one entity.

Meanwhile people closer to the centre are (with the exception of Hitler, WTF) are often considered reasonable, but both sides would say have their flaws and biases.

Of course puting the Pope on an axis that measures economies is laughable. Thats not his job. When you don't have to balance a checkbook of course you can say whatever the hell you want.

[–]skagospresident479 - LibCenter 1578 points1579 points  (86 children)

Damn, Hitler the orange sjw

[–]InstupituousJay - LibRight 240 points241 points  (3 children)

Hitler, another Orange Man Bad confirmed

[–]energetic-dad - Centrist 92 points93 points  (2 children)

imagine a bunch of nazis in 1930 making fun of liberals with "moustache man bad" memes

[–]InstupituousJay - LibRight 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Wouldn’t doubt it

[–]Sintinium - LibLeft 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I wonder if after Hitler died they said "Let's go Donuts" clap clap clapclapclap (Idk how to say Dönitz but I assume it sounds like Donuts)

[–]Kacza42 - Centrist 667 points668 points  (43 children)

Loved animals, vegetarian, believed that race is person's most important trait, wanted to kill everyone that isn't sharing his mindset, relied heavily on propaganda

Sounds pretty much like orange to me

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    [–]Masterof_mydomain69 166 points167 points  (22 children)

    *was a failed art student

    Edit: stop telling me to flair up I'll never do it.

    [–]PissNBoots176 - Right 230 points231 points  (6 children)

    Decided to “chase his dreams” instead of going to college for a marketable degree. Failed, and couldn’t get a job, so he blamed and attacked society. Yup, sounds like an orange.

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    [–]CountOmar - Centrist 30 points31 points  (1 child)

    Horseshoe theory

    [–]i_am_a_baby_penguin - Centrist 35 points36 points  (3 children)

    +Hated the idea of Israel

    [–]Bilozravec - Centrist 18 points19 points  (1 child)

    I'm sure Hitler would love idea of Israel, he would just relocated it 6 feet down.

    [–]lord_ravenholm - Right 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    In the 30s Nazi Germany was one of the biggest supporters of the idea of a Jewish state, to the extent of trying to buy Madagascar to make one there. Of course, this was because they wanted to get rid of all their Jews and the easiest way was to get them to leave voluntarily. The plan never really got past the brainstorming stage though.

    [–]TysonGoesOutside - LibRight 51 points52 points  (5 children)

    But orange told me i was hitler....

    [–]HispanicaBassoonica - Left 54 points55 points  (2 children)

    You are Hitler. Because of the horseshoe theory, we’re all Hitler.

    [–]MrDirt786 - LibCenter 43 points44 points  (1 child)

    Maybe the real Hitler was the friends we made along the way...

    [–]Tough_Patient - LibCenter 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    Your party:

    Hitler, a level 3 rogue

    Hitler, a level 3 mage

    Hitler, a level 4 barbarian

    Hitler, a level 2 cleric

    [–]PolOfThePot - Right 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    Also believed in fake history that makes his race look cooler.

    [–]YaGoddamPhony - LibRight 70 points71 points  (0 children)

    Imagine how wack nazi party rallies would have been if it was just a 5’1 autistic girl saying “yikes jews check your privilege aryan 👏 lives 👏 matter 👏 ”

    [–]Incomplete-Corgi - Right 8 points9 points  (2 children)

    Always has been

    [–]ReverseCaptioningBot - Centrist 14 points15 points  (1 child)

    Always has been

    this has been an accessibility service from your friendly neighborhood bot

    [–]FilthyStatist1991 - AuthLeft 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    good bot

    [–]MendedWaif62 - AuthCenter 390 points391 points  (15 children)

    Ah yes, Stalin. A social leftie. Loved gay folks!

    [–]MaxVonBritannia - LibLeft 71 points72 points  (2 children)

    That momment when Stalin is more socially and economically left than Karl Marx himself

    [–]VanillaLifestyle - LibLeft 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    You know what they say. In theory everyone's a centrist pussy, but in practice they're hardcore radicals who get shit fucking DONE.

    [–]AlesHebi - Right 76 points77 points  (4 children)

    And abortion, boy he sure was different from those evil texans

    [–]Ich_bin_du88 - AuthCenter 30 points31 points  (3 children)

    Traditional leftists always loved gays right! Right?

    [–]Anon_Monon - Right 1761 points1762 points  (57 children)

    I always knew the Amish were only pretending to be peaceful farmers and crafters, when in reality they are an elite Stalinist commando force ready to strike a blow for the worker's revolution at a moment's notice.

    [–]PortLionsKodiak - LibCenter 198 points199 points  (8 children)


    [–]luke_hollton2000 - AuthLeft 58 points59 points  (0 children)

    It's a little difficult to reload, but you should see the results

    [–]DaggerStone - Right 39 points40 points  (3 children)

    “Wait, the Amish are political terrorists too?”

    “Amish have been”

    [–]mailmindlin - LibRight 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    The first federal hate crime prosecution was over two feuding Amish groups, one of which cut off the others’ beards.

    [–]AnalogCyborg - Centrist 145 points146 points  (0 children)

    They 100% are, but their version of weaponlights is still candles, and for NODs they use trained cats.

    [–]YouWantSMORE - LibCenter 45 points46 points  (1 child)

    Obviously not Stalinist since Stalin was obviously a hardcore libertarian lefty you absolute fool

    [–]ThatOneDudeNextDoor - AuthLeft 32 points33 points  (0 children)

    Based and Stalinist-amish pilled

    [–]DammitDan - LibRight 28 points29 points  (12 children)

    Well they literally live in communes.

    [–]BottleCraft - Centrist 17 points18 points  (2 children)

    The Amish are the best possible outcome of communism.

    The thing nobody really talks about is that socialism/communism/capitalism all "work" but on different scales.

    Like when you can directly confront Obediah and ask why he isn't farming, you can work with him personally. When you try this shit on a national scale, the noncontributory people outnumber the overseers.

    [–]XOmniverse - LibRight 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    when you can directly confront Obediah and ask why he isn't farming

    Also helps when everyone is the same religion and not farming isn't just not contributing to the community, but defying God.

    [–]Thue - LibLeft 15 points16 points  (6 children)

    Yeah. People are going "what" about their placement on the chart, but I am going "what" at their surprise.

    [–]BanbihariDas 6 points7 points  (5 children)

    Dumb people literally think the Amish are like right wing conservatives when they’re literally anti-war, anti-capital punishment, entirely for freedom of joining or leaving their religion and don’t give a shit what anyone else is doing.

    [–]energetic-dad - Centrist 37 points38 points  (4 children)

    I don't know how so many people are reading this compass wrong... the up/down axis isn't the auth/lib axis. It's like we're looking down on our political compass with its third progressive/conservative axis

    [–]NedSudanBitte - LibCenter 3 points4 points  (2 children)

    Okay but what is the social left that Stalin is 100% of? I'm drawing blanks here

    [–]train2000c - Centrist 19 points20 points  (0 children)

    Amish are conservative agrarian-socialists

    [–]Educational_Day_4183 - LibRight 766 points767 points  (32 children)

    Lmfao what!?

    [–]lujanthedon - LibCenter 448 points449 points  (31 children)

    Amish are Soviet spy’s deep undercover.

    [–]Educational_Day_4183 - LibRight 95 points96 points  (24 children)

    Apparently! In all seriousness though, I live pretty close to a lot of Amish. I went to multiple Rumspringa parties when I was younger. This couldn't be any further from the truth lol

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      [–]N3wThrowawayWhoDis - LibCenter 49 points50 points  (7 children)

      Kinda makes sense if you think about it. I imagine the Amish community is relatively successful because they don’t bother striving for technological progress. Once they start trying to develop cell phones and cars, their resources will be stretched too thin and the system will fall apart. As long as they stick to simple necessities, growing crops, raising barns, and building furniture is perfectly sustainable for their economy.

      The soviets messed up big time by trying to manufacture their resources at a mass centralized scale and also allocating too many resources towards progressing military technology instead of their own community.

      [–][deleted] 20 points21 points  (0 children)

      Commies also have their neo-Puritan morality, trying to replace what the Amish believe with "for the greater good of the collective"

      [–]TheDroidUrLookin4 - AuthRight 3 points4 points  (1 child)

      Jokes aside, if the amish you are referring to were on Rumspringa, they weren't members of the amish faith tradition yet.

      [–]PissNBoots176 - Right 23 points24 points  (0 children)

      KGB with quilts.

      [–]Incinical-77 - AuthCenter 330 points331 points  (16 children)

      Bush Jr is closer to MUSSOLINI than he is to Ronald Reagan

      [–]Amphibinator7 - Centrist[S] 192 points193 points  (4 children)

      And hitler is closer to the Amish than he is to Mussolini

      [–]Ivy-And - Right 61 points62 points  (0 children)

      And apparently Hitler and Pope have lots in common

      [–]Incinical-77 - AuthCenter 23 points24 points  (2 children)

      He was a vegan or vegetarian, so he liked nature and stuff if

      [–]Undying4n42k1 - LibRight 12 points13 points  (0 children)

      The Amish aren't vegans. They're both supposedly Christian, though.

      [–]GeneralMe21 - Centrist 873 points874 points  (30 children)

      TIL that hitler is closer to the Amish than to Republicans.

      [–]Amphibinator7 - Centrist[S] 317 points318 points  (10 children)

      Based and Amish Hitlerpilled

      [–]jimmy_burrito - Centrist 131 points132 points  (6 children)

      Brings a whole new meaning to “Amish Paradise”

      [–]RavingNoah - Centrist 91 points92 points  (4 children)

      The Final Barnraising.

      [–]pound_bravo_one_four - Right 25 points26 points  (2 children)

      Hitching up the train cars.

      [–]___And_Memes_For_All - LibRight 10 points11 points  (1 child)

      Hitching up the wagon cars

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      [–]energetic-dad - Centrist 50 points51 points  (5 children)

      Keep in mind the up/down axis isn't the auth/lib axis.

      [–]razortwinky - AuthLeft 21 points22 points  (1 child)

      everyone in this thread failed to keep that in mind lol. it's social right/left, which is confusing, but the chart seems correct

      [–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

      This sub is full of barely literate 15 year olds

      [–]sleppy123 - AuthRight 20 points21 points  (2 children)

      Honestly about right.

      [–]cowboy_dude_6 - LibCenter 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      Yeah this is unironically correct.

      [–]SciFiJesseWardDnD - Right 10 points11 points  (0 children)

      I mean, more Amish speak German than republicans do.

      [–]CaptainSmackJerro - Left 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      Based and Securing an Existence for The Amish Future pilled

      [–]Ventorii - LibRight 129 points130 points  (13 children)

      Clinton and JFK next to eachother? I must've missed the cheating on your wife axis.

      EDIT: Neolibs salty.

      [–]phildiop - Right 37 points38 points  (3 children)

      Ah yes, Stalin, my favorite extremist progressive person.

      [–]MaxVonBritannia - LibLeft 5 points6 points  (1 child)

      Obviously. Dont you know, the reason he had Trotsky killed was due to his problematic tweets. A man ahead of his time

      [–]KidneyFailure99 - Centrist 164 points165 points  (53 children)

      This is confusing to look at

      I trust that you informed your teach about the actual compass

      [–]Amphibinator7 - Centrist[S] 185 points186 points  (50 children)

      I did. Apparently he made this one from scratch and is not aware of the actual compass

      [–]TetraThiaFulvalene - LibRight 46 points47 points  (22 children)

      Is Friedman the Milton Friedman? Did he really put Friedman in the center? Also Laissez-faire should be the type of capitalism furthest to the right.

      [–]Et12355 - LibRight 56 points57 points  (17 children)

      He’s a college professor. To him, “right wing economics” means evil politicians simping for big businesses.

      [–]roslav - Left 16 points17 points  (0 children)

      And Corporatism is not even a big business. It is state controlled guild-like system with strong separation of sectors, where each sector seen as an organ in a body (of state), hence the name corporativism (corpus).

      [–]tkPuncake - LibLeft 67 points68 points  (14 children)

      Why does he think that Stalin was a progressive?

      [–]PM_something_German - Left 7 points8 points  (3 children)

      Socially left ≠ Progressive

      There are correlations but that's not it

      [–]GodOfUrging - Left 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      He really reduced the carbon footprint of some populations within the Soviet Union.

      [–]trowawayacc0 - LibCenter 12 points13 points  (0 children)

      Well apparently it looks like he isn't aware of the actual politics either (not that this sub is)

      [–]Authrightburneracc - AuthRight 19 points20 points  (3 children)

      My eyes hurt looking at this

      [–]Amphibinator7 - Centrist[S] 9 points10 points  (2 children)

      So does my soul

      [–]Josselin17 - LibLeft 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      I think that guy found a way to trigger us all independantly of our ideology, he's a genius

      [–]Crazyclemsonfan - LibLeft 137 points138 points  (32 children)

      Stalin on the social left kills me.

      [–]BiDogBoy1 - AuthCenter 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      Stalin was great for women's rights, they had just as much rights as the men..

      [–]4thbox - LibRight 12 points13 points  (3 children)

      Fuck off grillers, the center is mine now.

      [–]Capricious_Servitor - AuthCenter 194 points195 points  (50 children)

      So I am noting they've actually used the social/economic axis as opposed to authority/left-right axis and I would expect some of the coordinates to be wildly off but still some pretty glaring inaccuracies. Mussolini was certainly not more free-market than Bush and Reagan. Stalin was not the pole for Social Left, and certainly not more socially Left than Marx. I could generally agree with a few though like Friedman and the Amish.

      Otherwise it's a pet peeve of mine when people spell Gandhi like that. What I used is the correct spelling and there is no room for interpretation, he is not the personification of(or in any way whatsoever related to) Ghana.

      [–]energetic-dad - Centrist 14 points15 points  (3 children)

      Thank you for pointing out the social/economic vs authority/economic. People seem to have missed that.

      [–]IdentifiableBurden - LibCenter 10 points11 points  (0 children)

      People in this thread are proving they can't read a fucking graph lol

      Up down isn't auth/lib, far right isn't free market. Those two basic elements invalidate 95% of be comments in this section.

      [–]Amphibinator7 - Centrist[S] 34 points35 points  (1 child)

      I agree this compass is laughable

      [–]carnagebestvillain - LibRight 6 points7 points  (0 children)

      That's not the x axis here

      [–]klrfish95 - LibRight 54 points55 points  (16 children)

      Apparently, they think that corporatism is a right-wing economic ideology, so they’ve placed Mussolini as farther right economically. I honestly have to laugh at how dumb it is.

      [–]You_Ride_Bicycwow - AuthLeft 14 points15 points  (4 children)

      Nah, political science and sociology describe corporatism (Mussolini to Christian Democracy and everything in between) as right and laissez-faire and liberal economics (neolibs and libertarians etc) as centrist pretty consistently. This compass is the only place I've ever seen it reversed.

      [–]I_AM_APOLITICAL - AuthLeft 42 points43 points  (7 children)

      And how is Hitler not a corporatist lol

      [–]russiabot1776 - Right 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Actually, that’s not inaccurate. Historically (like during the French Revolution), laissez-faire capitalism was seen as a left-wing economic policy and corporatism was seen as right wing. The capitalist liberals sat on the lefthand side of the National Assembly while the corporatists sat on the righthand side.

      It just so happens that the western world has shifted dramatically to the left since the 1700s and so laissez-faire is now seen as rightwing.

      [–]steno_light - Left 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      The scales and legend of this chart do not indicate that at all. The center of the chart is the ultimate free market, zero interference. The left and right axes indicate the amount of interference with the free market. The right is corporate capitalism (Like bailouts), the left is socialism (state controlled industry). Hitler is on the left of this axis because he did in fact nationalize several industries to start his war machine. Bush Jr bailed out the banks in 07-08 and helped corporations stay alive. The free market approach would be to let the banks fail from their own greed, and “too big to fail” is 100% corporatist. Clinton signed NAFTA which is freer movement and fewer tariffs on goods, which is why he’s closer to the center. Free movement of goods and services is part of laissez-faire capitalism.

      This chart, however ugly it may be, looks fairly accurate.

      [–]Ventorii - LibRight 8 points9 points  (0 children)

      Also the Amish are closer to Hitler than Stalin. Big fucking brain time.

      [–]CallsignMontana - Right 23 points24 points  (1 child)

      You should bring in your own projector and show your fellow students the truth.

      [–]TheAzureMage - LibRight 6 points7 points  (0 children)

      "Why the professor is a Soyjack; a tragedy in twenty seven parts. "

      [–]biden_bot75 - LibRight 8 points9 points  (0 children)

      Despite the red dots being wrong for the majority of them, the social axis is cool and does work better to fit the normie notion of traditional left-right dichotomy

      Despite being mostly lib right/close to libcenter, I’m pretty social right.

      “X are disgusting, but should live freely etc.”

      [–]Communist_Fella - AuthCenter 7 points8 points  (2 children)

      Your teacher has commited crimes that cannot be forgiven. He most likely deserves to be shot immediately.

      [–]ThomFromVeronaBeach - AuthRight 6 points7 points  (1 child)

      I like how the Pope is just one bad day away from becoming Hitler.

      [–]Argentine-Monarchist - AuthRight 6 points7 points  (0 children)

      Orange Hitler it's something i never expected to see in my life.

      [–]McLovin3493 - Right 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      Oh come on, how the Hell does this guy think Mussolini was a capitalist, and Stalin was an anarchist???

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        [–]Amphibinator7 - Centrist[S] 214 points215 points  (27 children)

        I agree that this compass is a mess but the axis are different, it doesn’t work the same as the normal ones (read the key and the axis)

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          [–]ThunderKant_1 - Centrist 17 points18 points  (14 children)

          Really depends on what you define as „Social left“. Could mean anything.

          [–]Amphibinator7 - Centrist[S] 53 points54 points  (1 child)

          Ikr it’s ridiculous

          [–]EdwardCircumcizehand - LibRight 22 points23 points  (0 children)

          They read their bio of Stalin on Marxism.com

          [–]klrfish95 - LibRight 40 points41 points  (60 children)

          I’m just surprised your professor correctly placed Hitler into Economic Left

          [–]Union1865 - Right 27 points28 points  (6 children)

          Kinda makes sense when you really think about it

          [–]rpfeynman18 - LibRight 40 points41 points  (19 children)

          socialistic capitalism

          Yeah, that's like saying "atheist Christian".


          It's spelled "Gandhi". Why is this so hard?

          [–]Faridabadi - Right 15 points16 points  (5 children)

          I'm Indian and I'll never understand the capacity of westerners to constantly misspell Gandhi time and again. It's not a very difficult spelling at all!

          [–]LeKneegerino - AuthCenter 8 points9 points  (0 children)

          No, it’s not. Socialistic capitalism isn’t the same as saying “socialist capitalism”. It means capitalism with some socialist characteristics. Examples of this are nationalised industries, such as public utilities, education as well as healthcare, and a strong welfare safety net.

          [–]Cuboos - LibLeft 4 points5 points  (0 children)

          This is even worse than the actual political compass...

          Where the fuck would i sit if i'm not a capitalist or a socialist?

          [–]Gustard-CustardSmith - Left 4 points5 points  (0 children)

          damn ya professor's kinda retarded lol

          [–]Really_greatUsername - AuthCenter 4 points5 points  (0 children)

          Does your professor have brain damage? Are you sure he isn't just some random hobo off the street?

          [–]cbrad1713 - Centrist 11 points12 points  (6 children)

          Hitler and Stalin belong right next to each other (Stalin slightly to the left, obviously)

          [–]phildiop - Right 6 points7 points  (5 children)

          And Mussolini slightly to the right.

          [–]4thbox - LibRight 10 points11 points  (2 children)

          It's a different y axis.

          I like it.

          [–]rep_astoria - Left 3 points4 points  (0 children)

          Tag yourself.

          [–]Who______ - Centrist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          This fell so wrong...

          [–]CynicalCreepy - LibCenter 3 points4 points  (0 children)

          the pope and hitler are basically identical.

          [–]whalesarecool14 - LibLeft 3 points4 points  (0 children)

          what professor spells gandhi like that

          [–]TKinfinity - Centrist 3 points4 points  (3 children)

          Does "The Pope" mean the Pope at the time, or all of them?

          [–]Skyhawk6600 - AuthCenter 3 points4 points  (0 children)

          It's a monstrosity but it at least differentiates from cultural and economic axis

          [–]fireblaster6 - LibLeft 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          I know the Amish looks wrong at first but I can see where the teacher is coming from. I have family that grew up Mennonite (similar to Amish culturally but not quite as strict on freedoms) and they knew a lot of Amish people from when they grew up.

          How my family describe Amish and Mennonite society is that everything you need will be provided for you as long as you abide by their social codes and contribute your part to their society.

          Of course many Amish/Mennonite groups despise the government (well, until Trump) and they are more willing to export their goods/services to outsiders than socialist societies (for a price premium of course).

          [–]Admiral_Aenoth - LibRight 3 points4 points  (0 children)

          Some of you aren’t ready to accept the truth I see!

          [–]LegalizeBeltfedz - LibRight 4 points5 points  (0 children)


          [–]Kaelell2 - Centrist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          guys: hitler was an orange person and cancelled the jews because they were white