I am in the run-up to a set of exams. And you know what that means. Lots of procrastination, although very little actual blogging.
I have just retaken the Political Compass test. I have come out as:
Economic Left/Right: 1.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.21
This is the first time I have appeared on the right on the economic axis. The last time I took this test, I was just about bang-on the centre, at -0.13. This continues the slow rightward trend.
In the meantime, I have moved even further towards the ‘libertarian’ end of the chart. The result makes me look like a bit of an extremist, or at least an outlier.
Of the four quadrants, mine is probably the most deserted. For perhaps obvious reasons, ‘left–libertarian’ and ‘right–authoritarian’ tend to have the highest concentration of inhabitants, because these ideologies are often — lazily — seen as going hand-in-hand.
The authoritarian right contains just about every major political party and almost all the governments of the EU. The libertarian left contains green and socialist parties. Meanwhile, the authoritarian left contains such delightful characters as Stalin, Robert Mugabe, Pope Benedict XVI and the BNP.
Going through all of the pages on the Political Compass website, it is difficult to find any allies. I feel a bit lonely. Worse still, I can’t tell which party I am closer to between the Lib Dems and the Greens. But they are both very distant.
It seems as though I am destined to be the third corner in a triangle between the Dalai Lama and Angela Merkel.
Boring update: I found out by chance that this post contains the 400,000th word that I have written on this blog. Blimey. Someone needs to get a life.