I agree with the creators of the “political compass” that the tired old left—right continuum is too limited to describe the political differences that separate people. Whether their compass is the answer is another matter, but I didn't have a problem with my result in the questionnaire on their site (economic left/right: -7.50, social libertarian/authoritarian: -7.59). That puts me in the same quadrant as the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. Cool, I’ll take them for neighbours. Drop round any time guys. Even more importantly, I’m a long, long way away from Dubya, Blair, Berlusconi and all those other assholes in that top right corner.
Following on from this exciting little exercise, I am drafting a resolution for the UN General Assembly. Here it is:
The General Assembly
Recognizing that the course of human history has been a rocky road;
Further recognizing that it is those people in the top right- and left-hand corners who have made it so;
Decides as follows:
(1) That the United Nations shall spend its entire budget for 2005 on ensuring that everyone on the world takes the “political compass” questionnaire;
(2) That the territory of the world be divided according to the quadrants in the “political compass” questionnaire (in a manner to be determined by the author of the weblog “Torn and frayed in Manila”);
(3) That the population of the world be re-located according to its score in the “political compass” questionnaire;
(4) That the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr Ariel Sharon, be employed to build a wall to ensure that those people in the top right- and left-hand corners befoul their own areas, do not bother the rest of us and no longer make the history of the world a rocky road.
Please lobby your governments to support this proposal.
Thanks to Rebecca Blood for alerting me to the “political compass”.