Orthogonal to the Middle

Here’s a link to a cool mac story, thanks to Lori.

I took the political compass test that’s been meming around. I figured from reading the analysis page that I would come out authoritarian left, and I did. I was pretty close to the middle on both, though.

The idea of a four way political cube (left/right and authorian/libertarian, in this case) is neither new nor original to that site. Peter Kreeft wrote an article (The Politics of Architecture) about the four political types, using four real-life examples, back in 1996. I find it clearer to think of people as economically socialist or capitalist, and, separately, socially libertarian or conservative. Of course, neither fit me - I’m economically distributivist and socially particularist.

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