Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Political Argument Dimensionally Reduced

Thanks to thegreenfairy who has inadvertently helped me better locate my political self by pointing me to the political compass, as well as being a very entertaining read. The compass test asks you six pages of questions and then returns your political bias in two dimensions: one being an economic left-right measure, the second being an authoritarian-libertarian axis best described on their site. So in future I hope to forestall political debate by quoting my numbers at would-be agitators: -0.88 economic left/right and -5.18 libertarian/authoritarian. Of course everyone knows that a full theory of politics is 11-dimensional, but I think there is much to be gained from a working two-dimensional theory.