Concepts of “left” and “right” in politics are increasingly meaningless. Nothing is that linear or simple. So I found this test from Political Compass very interesting. As well as the traditional left and right horizontal scale, it also measures vertically from libertarian to authoritarian, allowing for a more complex understanding of political opinion.
Obviously nothing can plot these things exactly, but it was interesting to see where I came out after answering the questions: virtually bang in the middle of the left to right scale, with libertarian leanings. Almost exactly where I would have placed myself if asked outright. The Realist, meanwhile, came out more to the left with stronger libertarian instincts. Those “string ’em all up!” rants of his must be caused by the beer then.
I’d be interested to know where our readers (yes, all three of you) come out on this. Please give it a go and give us feedback about the outcome. It only takes 5-10 minutes. If I’m feeling particularly geeky I might even plot all the outcomes onto one graph so we can all see where we stand.