Right v Left

affiliations of right v leftI have an assignment for you.

With the presumptive nominee in place for the Republican party and the presumptive nominee for the Democratic party all but assured, how assured are you that you know their true affiliations? We’ve seen the battle going on inside the Republican party between the people’s choice and the party’s choice. We’ve seen the misgivings by Democratic constituents that have allowed an independent outsider to challenge for the seat of the president under the banner of the political left.

But what is left? Some Republicans see Donald Trump as far too left with his political beliefs, particularly in the past. Both sides see Bernie Sanders as a leftist, even a socialist. Ted Cruz was far too right for many, even in his own party. Hillary Clinton seems to sway with the wind, changing her direction like a rooster atop a weathervane. Left when it suits her needs; right as the flow demands.

Maybe they all do that, to meet their money concerns.

But the problem with the classic model of political discourse is that there are only two directions to point; the wind blows only east or west. It’s easier that way to identify your friends, I suppose, and nail down your enemies. But the model is institutionally flawed.

A few years ago I discovered a new model, one I find to be inherently better. I won’t describe it in fine detail just yet, because part of the assignment is discovery. The idea here is pretty simple: click the link below, take the (short) test, and get your results.

Don’t read the description, don’t click through the home page, don’t overthink any question, just take the test. Once finished, I encourage you to go back and read it all. You might be astonished by what you find. I certainly was. In many ways, it changed my perceptions of the system of labels we take for granted and started my search for a better understanding of the process and the ideas presented within. I hope it does the same for you.

Again, the actual quiz isn’t very long and it isn’t very difficult. It’s multiple choice and will probably take you less than 20 minutes. It will ask some very basic questions, and a couple of more complicated ones. Once it is finished I would love for you to send me the coordinates listed on your results so I can build my own custom chart. You’ll find them at the bottom of your results page. If I get enough response I’ll share the chart in a future blog.

Here’s the link:

https://www.politicalcompass.org/test

One last thought:

I know not everyone reading this is “political,” but I appreciate your participation anyway. Whether or not you pull the lever and help to move the system, the system is moving in your life and affecting you in every way, every day. I cannot begin to believe that I can awaken everyone to the importance of politics, but …

Wait, yes I can. “Changing the world” is on my bucket list. 😉

So take the test. Take an interest. Pull the lever.

Let’s move the world.

Author: Tom Being Tom

Tom writes a blog. When he’s not doing that he’s usually hanging out with Mrs C, his wife of 20 years. Together, they have two beautiful, golden boys. Literally. The retriever kind. Tom recently started a novel and is a member of one of the largest social groups known to man.

His worldview was formed by the strange intermingling of comic book superheroes, socioeconomic politics, the Air Coryell offense, and an atheistic spiritual awakening.

He intends to save the world next Thursday.

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