on being a left libertarian (who’s failed to find his religion)

I did the Political Compass test at least five years ago now.  I thought in the succeeding five years my opinions might have changed a tad.  After the 2008 banking-sector crash, surely my libertarian impulses would have become far more regulatory.

It’s a curious thing, this stuff we believe in.  I don’t know if the test is useful or not – but, at least as far as I’m concerned, it serves for me as a periodic marker in the sand.

Here, on the left, are my results from today – versus the results, on the right, I obtained five years ago, if not more.

Political Compass test - 2014 vs 2009

As you can see, I’m a little bit more in both axes: a little bit more libertarian and a little bit more left-wing.

Where does this place me in relation to famous leaders?

Well.  Political Compass has pulled together the following chart – and I’m afraid I’m in a place no one else seems to care to go!

Political Compass: leaders chart

Except, maybe, Bob from Brockley.

Just as well I’ve never gone into politics – as David Brin said some while ago:

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.

Now I understand practically everything I’ve been doing – or not doing – over the past few years.

I’m basically a religious sort who’s failed to find his religion!


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