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Written by Basil on 09/26/2002 4:55 PM. Filed under:


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I just took another test to determine where I fall on a two-dimensional political axis. (Faithful readers will remember that I have blogged about this subject before.) A few points left and under the center axis, thank you very much. I’ve always thought of myself as a moderate; it’s good to see an informal poll justify this. Of course, this falls right in line with my love/hate relationship with the libertarian party. And probably my financial woes helped to soften my answers which ordinarily would have pushed me farther to the right economically. I’ll have to take the test again sometime when I’m gainfully employed and paying off all of my creditors. :-)

Despite my enthusiasm, it’s not the most well-written test. There were several loaded questions, like this: “It’s fine for women to have careers, but their first duty is to be homemakers.” To this, one responds with one of four options from Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree. This is the perfect example of a loaded question: to which question, exactly, am I responding? How do I respond if I disagree with the first clause?

But it convinces me that we need to see politics in at least two dimensions, not only one. So what might we consider a third dimension? Perhaps the manner and means by which religion is involved in society. You could consider Byzantine theocracy on the positive and atheistic suppression on the negative (using those terms in a purely mathematical sense). Hmm. That might be interesting.

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