Back in 2004, I learned I was in the Southwest quadrant of Politopia.
I am still in the Southwest quadrant, according to the Political Compass (nearby the Dali Lama and Mandela)
This graphic of where the Presidential Candidates fall
illustrates quite well, I think, why
1) I am not thrilled with most of the Democratic candidates
2) Why I am even less thrilled with the GOP
3) Why some people say they see no difference between the GOP and Democrats, and refer to the US as a Single-Party system in disguise.
wow, we’re really close. I’ll be blogging about this in a second.
I’m still way off to the left on the economic scale (any further and they’d have to make more squares just for me), but I feel a little less lonely knowing that someone else besides the Dalai Lama and Ghandi are with me in the lower left quadrant. I think I am becoming more communistic as I age (doesn’t conventional wisdom maintain one becomes more fiscally conservative as they age?).
You, me, and Kucinich, baby! I heart Kucinich.
I’d happily vote for anyone in my QUADRANT, regardless of their specific political positions, but that never seems to be an option.
The compass explains a lot about why I feel American politics are out of step with my own politics on a fundamental level and also why I feel the American political process is a lot of sound & fury, signifying nothing.
Conventional Wisdom does ‘suggest’ one is supposed to become more conservative as one ages. Winston Churchill is often quoted in that regard (about being a Liberal at age 20 and a Conservative by age 40). However, he never really said what people attribute to him, and went in the opposite direction himself. As did Victor Hugo. Hugo was a Monarchist in his 20s, and a Socialist by age 60. I’m not sure any studies have ever really been conducted on what is ‘the usual path.’
One could do worse than following the paths of Churchill and Hugo!
Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: -7.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.03
Despite the scoring system, by the way, I think of myself as a responsible fiscal and social conservative. The key word here is responsible.
The problem of politics, these days, is that the neo-Nazis are everywhere so far to the right of normal reality, that they make traditional responsible conservatives like you and me look like “liberals”.
My job is to convince you that you are all responsible conservatives, as well — and it is only those damn Nazis who are screwing and skewing the scales.
That’s my story, and I am sticking with it.