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April 15th, 2005
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From:lavendersparkle
Date:April 16th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
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I know these things aren't perfect but I'm offended by it implying that I might be pro-war because I'm anti-protectionist. I've never been called right wing before in my life. (Don't worry, on the important axis I'm very left wing).
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From:ilanin
Date:April 16th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
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Yes, I found that lumping of issues together bizzarre as well. Every actual free-marketeer I know regards the Iraqi war as expensive and unnecessary.
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From:pw201
Date:April 16th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
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But that was what their statistics told them was an axis when they analysed the larger survey: they've dimensionally reduced the space of the answers to those two axes, of which the first is much more statistically significant (not more important in a moral sense). There's a link to Chris Lightfoot's blog entry on the front page of the site which explains how it works.
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From:owdbetts
Date:April 18th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
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I found this journal by accident, just curiously tracing how people I know had found out about this... Hope you don't mind me responding...

You shouldn't be offended by this; this is just a statistical analysis, not a value judgement.

The axes aren't arbitrary, indeed arguably the primary goal of this work was to determine these axes. On this (second) axis, the statistics show that people who are protentionist are typically against the war and vice versa, though this will obviously be far from universal. Chris does point out that this second axis is far less statistically significant than the first... (Meaning, don't read to much into it... :-)

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