I don't pretend I'm more oldfag than I am, or at least I try not to do that, but I know quality when I see it, and I know shit when I see it. 4/pol/ in 2015-2016 was worse than reddit, and I don't think that's really contestable. As far as 8ch goes, I first visited it during the exodus and thought it was a shit version of 7chan, but people were so pissed off at moot that they made it work. With that being said, 2015-2016 8/pol/ was brilliant. I don't think it comes close to the explosive, raw fun that was 2012-13 4/pol/, but it was a much more concentrated, much more sober, and much more focused board.
After 2016, I don't think you can look at 8/pol/ and see anything other than faggotry. I know you've inb4d this in your post, but you had the April 1st 2017 IP leaks, and the kampfy spergout where you'd get banned for saying the Ivanka was a kike.