Another month, another political compass. We’re half-way through the year and the most I can say is… this is one odd quiz. As we’ll see this month, it has some substantial failings.

So, I’ve drifted more economically leftist, and also more socially authoritarian. Never by much, but the drift is there.

It is regrettable that so many personal fortunes are made by people who simply manipulate money and contribute nothing to their society.
Agree->Strongly Agree

Before, I’ve “Agree”d because it’s regrettable but inevitable. Now, I “Strongly Agree” but despite it being inevitable, I regret it. A slight flip but enough to shove me FAR further to the left than last month, which I don’t entirely think is accurate. I do agree with much of the left-wing critique of capitalism, but a large part of it is frankly, too huge and monolithic to be altered in the short to medium term without violent overthrow – which I do not and cannot condone. Simply because I accept parts of the world around me, doesn’t mean I like those aspects.

First-generations immigrants can never be fully integrated within their new country.
Strongly Disagree->Disagree

This lost me liberal-points, but for a liberal reason. People are always encumbered by the enculturation of their socialising culture, usually the culture in which they were born or raised. This isn’t so much of a problem, but all societies are implicitly the culture of the majority, as Kymlicka has shown – no matter how secular America may formally be, or how secular Britain may in practice be, in the end, we get Christmas day off as a bank holiday, but not Eid or Hannukah. We may allow them, but societies, no matter how open, always reflect in some way the culture of the dominant majority. Making it ever harder for immigrants to integrate. So, I disagree, they can integrate, but the cards are stacked against them. But I still maintain that this is a reasonably liberal interpretation, I never make the claim that such an issue is a good thing.

The Political Compass asks interesting questions and gives an interesting result – but it never bothers to ask why. Despite the fact that why is perhaps the most important question of them all.

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