Why cant Political quzzes be unbiased and specific in their questions?

It seems to me that making a political quiz that was unbiased, yet specific would be easy to do. I must be wrong because every quiz I have seen asks questions in a way to elicit a specific response by using vague and contradictory questions. Strangely enough, David posted a quiz on his webpage and everyone has been filling it out. Since David has not criticized the questions for being vague, I thought it was time for me to.

Most of the questions ask incorrectly “Do you believe”. Well I do believe most of these exist or the ideas exist. This is not what it is trying to ask. The author would like me to say I accept these ideas or understand these ideas to be better than ideas. Unfortunately, the misuse of believe is not the only problem with the questions. They are also extremely vague.
Do you believe in the idea of, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”? – The only semi valid use of believe.
Do you believe in totalitarianism? – Yes I believe totalitarianism is a political category.
Do you believe in collective or cooperative ownership of property? – Yes, I believe that collective and cooperative ownership of property has been attempting and in some cases succeeded.
Do you believe in a classless society? — No I do not believe there has been a classless society and I do not believe one could exist.
Do you believe the ideals of Benito Mussolini? — I believe Benito Mussolini had ideals.
Do you believe in a voluntary cooperation of free individuals? — Oh look at the rhetoric. This is something which is usually said before signing up for a communist or anarchist rally.
Do you believe in violently overthrowing capitalism? — see pacifist
Do you believe violence is an appropriate way to gain power? — see pacifist
Do you believe in the use of propaganda? – Yes I believe propaganda is used.
Are you an ecologist? – No I am not “a biologist who studies the relation between organisms and their environment”
Are you more conservative than most? — I have no freaking Idea but if the climate of the last election was any sign, no.
Are you more liberal than most? — hmm see above but reversed.
Should the people control the government? – You mean we dont?
Are you racist? — Hell Yes Im a fucking racist.
Is the Aryan race a master race? — Yes because Im a racist, though I dont think I am Aryan.
Do you oppose nuclear testing? — Um No.
True or False: I think gays should not be able to marry. — Ok
Do you like the thought of total freedom? — Love the thought of total freedom, think it is impossible but love the thought.
Do you dislike the idea of a “Big Brother” type figure? — Um yeah “Big Brother” was the villian in “1984”.
Are you pacifist? — I love the fact that not only was I asked if I was a pacifist, but also I was asked if I believed in the violent overthrow of capatilism and violence is the answer.
Do you support the war in Iraq? — No I dont Im a pacifist.
Do you support public education? — Yes I pay taxes.

The next two are decent questions.
Are you opposed to capitalism?
Do you support stricter gun control?
Though why not ask, do you oppose socialism? or do I think that the right to bear arms is all inclusive?



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0 Responses to Why cant Political quzzes be unbiased and specific in their questions?

  1. arglor says:

    I posted a reply and it has vanished… freaking wierd… it was long too let me see if i can recreate it… -=Disclaimer=- This reply was created in response to the language inherent in your post. The language suggests that I have in some way shape or form been dupped or lax on my job of questioning the validity behind a quiz that is effectively meaningless. Do not take anything i might say personally. My response: -=Disclaimer=- First off, you assume i began a chain by posting the quiz, which is incorrect. Unfortunatly the timestamps are incorrect because i believe Mealymel’s timestamp on her blog is later then it actually occured. I believe she wrote her blog entry on a computer where the system time was incorrect. If so the timestamp mechanics built into livejournal is such that it reads the system clock and uses that information to make the timestamp. The reason i know this, is because when i made my post, the purpose was to find out how the mechanics of the quiz worked. I saw that Mary and Mealymel’s journals recorded that both of them were anarchists. Secondly, you assume that i should have questioned the quiz because of the vagueness inherent in the quiz. I disagree. The quiz wasn’t making an argument, and it sure as hell wasn’t intended to be persuasive. quizzes are games and nothing more. They are like astrology. People like you can make your own quizzes that label people as different forms of carebears. (i was nilistic carebear… mary was gay carbear…) Thirdly i disagree completely with your use of belief. A belief is defined as “An attitude of acceptence toward a proposition” and propositions are “the ideas expressed by a sentence”. So when it comes down to the quiz, i don’t agree that the phrasing was incorrect. If i ask you if you believe “in the idea of, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”?”, i am asking whether or not you believe the following statement. When i ask if you believe in totalitarianism, it isn’t asking if you believe it exists, but it is asking if you hold an attitude of acceptance toward the idea of totalitarianism. The problem with the word belief and believe, is that in common parlance we are so used to equating belief with existence. I believe in God, so i believe God exists. I believe in aliens and so aliens must exist. This is a failed use of the word believe though, because if i say that i believe in peace, does that mean I believe peace exists? Not neccessarily. I think you might have missed the point of the quiz, which is that they are just for fun. Do you honestly believe i’m 25% fascist? Or more to the point, do you honestly believe that i believe i’m 25% fascist because of this quiz? I’m not sure anyone really gave a flying squat what the quiz said about themselves, it was just a collection of interesting points. Now what i suggest is you make a better quiz. Include the suggestions you had about the quiz. Sorry you are sick, i’m fucking sick too. I came to work feeling great, and then i woke up this morning with a sore throat. *coughs and hacks up flem* fucking work… On the positive side, i liked these quotes, very funny. -Should the people control the government? – You mean we dont? -Do you support public education? — Yes I pay taxes.

  2. mayfly says:

    As he stated, Arglor did not in fact start this chain. I posted the quiz on my blog first, after seeing it on someone else’s. Then, mealymel saw it on mine (or someone else’s) and posted it, and Arglor saw it on one or both of ours some time later and posted it on his blog. Also note: the title of Arglor’s post regarding this quiz is “HA HA,” which hints at the fact that he was not taking the quiz seriously… If you look closely at everyone’s autogenerated results, they reveal that this “political quiz” was created by someone who calls herself “Imunimaginative” using QuizFarm. Also, said results advertise her “Deviantart” page. This led me to assume that said quiz was obviously not created by a political expert–or anyone pretending to be a political expert, for that matter–and should, therefore, have been taken as entertainment and not a true diagnostic tool. This is why I posted it on my blog with no commentary and my “Now playing” music as the Sex Pistols (a reference to the song “Anarchy in the UK”). When I took the quiz I noticed that the questions were vague. Obviously, when they said, “Do you believe in totalitarianism?” they meant, “Do you support totalitarianism as a form of government?” (which is really a stupid question, I mean, how many people support totalitarianism? Castro? That freak in North Korea? Then again, my friend foxy_tricksy did get 42% Fascist… Hmmm… ) Anyway… to use a certain someone’s favorite phrase… I thought the quiz was all just a bunch of silliness…

  3. mayfly says:

    [quote:1450333686=”Arglor”] (i was nilistic carebear… mary was gay carbear…)[/quote:1450333686] Hey… I’m closeted!!!! Don’t go spreading the word about my gay carebeardom. *grumble, grumble* I’m about as gay as you are nihilistic.

  4. mayfly says:

    i wish you could delete these things.

  5. horselover_fat says:

    [quote:0de76cab5c]It seems to me that making a political quiz that was unbiased, yet specific would be easy to do. I must be wrong because every quiz I have seen asks questions in a way to elicit a specific response by using vague and contradictory questions.[/quote:0de76cab5c] I dunno, maybe if google did one…