Margaret Romao Toigo
Friday, January 21, 2005
I want to share my Political Compass so that there is no confusion about where I stand (I am not easily classified as generally liberal or conservative) and to encourage others to take the test at politicalcompass.org so that they may learn more about politics and themselves — that is if they answer all of the test questions honestly.
Defining our political leanings along a single, one-dimensional left-to-right line is ineffective because of the widely diverse social and economic interests and needs that determine our individual political positions. Political Compass has added a second line to the equation to cover the social dimension of politics, while the traditional right-left line concerns economics. The second dimension provides a more accurate definition of political positions because it takes into account the various economic and social issues which determine not only whether we are economically liberal or conservative, but also whether we are socially authoritarian or libertarian.
Economic Left/Right: 1.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.03
By learning where we all fit into the grid, we might just be able to break out of the current state of being a divided nation of “reds” and “blues” through the realization that there are more than just two sides. Of course with the way things have been going lately, we might just end up being a quartered nation of liberal authoritarians, conservative authoritarians, liberal libertarians and conservative libertarians — well at least it would be a little more difficult to make up nasty names for one another.