Tired, confused, depressed, unsure of where you stand politically in this post-ideological world? We can help you…
I have argued many times that the old left/right thing doesn’t work at all in Poland or the rest of the post-communist world. We have an economically leftwing government which is socially conservative at the same time. On the other side of parliament we have the conservatively liberal (?) Civic Platform in opposition.
But the left/right wing thing doesn’t work anymore in the West, either. All we have are political parties cut off from their social roots, like New Labour in the UK, that reach, in reflex, for the authoritarian button anytime they feel threatened (which is virtually everyday).
So to help your reorientation in this new, post-cold war situation, take the Political Compass test. It doesn’t just ask whether you are right or left wing economically, but also whether you are a libertarian or authoritarian.
For instance, the Law and Justice (PiS) led government here would get a score of ‘leftwing/authoritarian’.
I took the test and it said I was left/libertarian (close to Ghandi on the graph!).
How about you?
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Posted by beatroot at 4/29/2006