Category: Political Compass

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.

Right, time for May’s Political Compass. It comes at a particularly lovely (if busy – exams) time, as I’ve just…well, read.

I’ve also, if I’ve posted this at the right time, just hit 10,000 posts on twitter! What synchronicity.

So, here goes.

Hmm…. a little more economically left and socially liberal. I seem to drift around a few squares, but I’m starting to find exactly where I lay.

I’d always support my country, whether it was right or wrong.
Disagree -> Strongly Disagree

No one chooses his or her country of birth, so it’s foolish to be proud of it.
Strongly Disagree -> Disagree

Our race has many superior qualities, compared with other races.
Disagree -> Strongly Disagree

These three are causing me quite a lot of trouble. I think it, essentially, stems from the fact that, intuitively, they’re horrendous aggressive-nationalist things to say, but, actually, they’re either a) not that bad or b) have liberal interpretations.

No broadcasting institution, however independent its content, should receive public funding.
Disagree -> Strongly Disagree

I think that an independent media is utterly crucial. Yes, government funding is always a concern. Look at Al Jazeera’s slow drift from critic of Middle Eastern politics to media relations officers for Qatar’s foreign ministry. But, in  principle, I’m firmly in favour of the need for an independent broadcaster.

Well, that’s it for another month. Who knows where I’ll be in June!

Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus i chi i gyd!

Yes, it’s the first of March, the sun in shining, and (despite essays), I’m in an excellent mood – it’s St. David’s day, the patron Saint of Wales, and my nationalist/patriotic side is blossoming.

And I’m blogging. Also fun.

Economically, I’ve shifted back to January, but have become more of a social Libertarian. Odd.

No one choses his or her country of birth, so it’s foolish to be proud of it.
Disagree -> Strongly Disagree

Why shouldn’t I be proud? Of my nations history, language, culture?

I’ve been studying Democracy, Multiculutralism and Fundamentalism recently and the difference between liberal and communitarian philosophies. Right now, before writing my essay, I’d say that all our communities are reasonably loose, and we choose membership or not. If I choose to maintain membership of my country of birth, why is non-aggressive/racist pride a bad thing? I’m proud of being Welsh. I’m not racist at all (except against Germans).

Our race has many superior qualities, compared with other races.
Strongly Disagree ->Disagree

Well, if it does have different qualities, assuming race to merely be another “community”, and accepting that it has many inferior qualities…maybe, I’m conflicted?

Military Action that defied international law is sometimes justified
Agree->Strongly Agree

Ah. I’ve shifted back to January. Possibly a reflection of the current situation in Syria – perhaps subverting Russia and China is the only way?

People are ultimately divided more by class than nationality 
Strongly Agree-> Disagree

This is probably just a shift for a day.  Nationality is one of many communities to which we can subscribe. I, personally, think that class is more important than nationality, but I’m also open to the fact that many aren’t. I disagree, but this is reflecting reality. I think?

It’s a sad reflection on our society that something as basic as drinking water is now a bottled, branded consumer product.
Agree->Strongly Agree

Again, back to January.

The rich are too highly taxed.
Disagree->Strongly Disagree

Yeah, I apparently shift around a lot on several of these. Was February an aberration? Do current events influence me heavily? We’ll see by December…

Taxpayers should not be expected to prop up any theatres or museums that cannot survive on a commercial basis.
Disagree-> Strongly Disagree

This was brought up on Twitter by a friend, shortly after I visited London’s National Gallery. Standing there, looking at works by Van Goch, Van Eyck, Rembrandt, Gainsborough,  Seurat, Cézanne, Constable and Turner’s wonderful The Fighting Temeraire…. even if the gallery cannot support itself, I cannot support it being subject to the whim of the free market. To see them disappear from the public, to live just for the eyes of a wealthy private investor…I couldn’t bear it.

Although the electronic age makes official surveillance easier, only wrongdoers need to be worried.
Disagree -> Strongly Disagree

While researching the Protection of Freedom bill on behalf of the Social Liberal Forum EM – I realised just how  horrific Labour’s curbing of civil liberties were. Attempts at putting people into jail for months on end on near-zero evidence, DNA databases…. horrible.

We all need to worry about surveillance. Even if you live your life entirely within the law, do you want your life to truly be an open book? Every secret laid bare, even if it’s legal? Do you really want that?

Even if you trust this government with your data – do we trust every future government? Every last one?

True to my word, during the first week of every month, Spineless Liberal will take the well-known “Political Compass” test, to see if my views change over the year. On the 2nd of February (delayed posting for my ECFR Scorecard post on how Britain stands within Europe on matters of foreign policy), here goes take two…

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