Tags: political compass
I did the test again today with a somewhat different result:
It looks like I have become a bit more libertarian (a slide from -6,82 to -7,18) and quite a bit more left-leaning (from -3,50 to -5,38). What has happened in the mean time, one might wonder. Have I changed or has the World around me changed?
Probably both. I do not remember how I answered the individual questions last time but my basic values have certainly not changed as much as the result might indicate. I have certainly gained a few years worth of experience which may have contributed that I have put those questions in a different context than three years ago. Then again, the World has also taken a few steps ahead from that time.
The more I see various governments trying to regulate life of citizens, the less I tend to trust them. That would explain the slight shift towards a libertarian direction. The left slide is a bit more difficult to understand. Maybe it is that the economic crisis was not exactly caused by too much of governmental regulation of the market but rather by lack of it. While I trust governments less than I used to, I definitely also trust corporate businesses much less. When the economy was booming, they did not want the governments around but as soon as they fucked up the economy, they cried for the governments to bail them out.
As always, I regard this sort of tests as entertainment rather than science. Also, some of the questions were not very accurate and the difference between agree/disagree and strongly agree/strongly disagree is not very big.
It is easy to say that all politics and all government is bad and should not exist. Well, how about murdering your neighbour because there was no law to prohibit killing a neighbour? Or would you like your wife, sister, or daughter to be raped because there is no government to enforce a law that says it is a crime?
Most of my American friends who oppose president Obama have said that they want less government. I tend to agree with my friends. Not only America but most countries in the World need less government.
We Europeans need either less or more powers to be handed to a European government. If the European commission wants to get more to say about, we need a democratic union, whereby all of the present 27 member countries are all but states. It would be democratic but probably not politically correct, far less possible to achieve.
I do not even remember the name of the guy who is supposed to be the president of Europe. Why should I? He has nothing to say and nothing to say about.
I do know that I like president Obama. That guy I trust :-)
Here is my special greeting for today to everybody in Germany:
Members of the South Korean Parliament apparently had some procedural differences of opinion while debating and voting on a disputed media bill. Also a way to make the parliamentary disputes more attractive and understandable for the voters. :-)
Tags: Barack Obama
JibJab usually awaits another electoral season before making anothe funny presidential video but now they have come out with their remarks on the first months of Barack Obama’s presidency. Whether you like Obama or not, got to admit that the clip is funny.
via Johan Ingerö
Do you think you do not have time to vote in the election of the European Parliament? Think again!
Web based surveys where voters can compare their views with those of parties have been around in Finland for years. I have never given the turnouts any consideration when actually making up my mind but I have nevertheless taken all the surveys available. I take it as a form of entertainment.
I did two Finnish surveys on the election of the EU Parliament earlier today and received mixed results as expected. For a moment ago I detected (via StoiBär) a German survey which I thought would be cool to take for comparison. It caught my eye right away that the German version gave less options: just yes, abstain or no. In the Finnish queries the options were more diverse: completely or partialy in favor or against and abstaining.
The German questions were also more of an extreme nature. Some of them were more or less unrealistic as well. No party would seriously suggest that Germany should step out of the EU or abandon euro and reintroduce the German mark. At least I as a voter would not take such a party seriously.
For some odd reason, you are only allowed to compare your results with eight of the 29 participating parties at a time. This is what I received when comparing with the eight parties currently represented in the European Parliament:
Adding the Pirates (which I would vote for in Germany) and removing CSU (which I would definitely not vote for) I got this result:
As I said, not a very adequate image of my actual preferences. Great entertainment, just the same.
I have not yet decided which party to vote for in the upcoming election of the EU parliament. I would like to vote for the Pirate Party but I am not sure that they are going to be registered as an official party before the election. I did indeed sign a supporter card but 5000 citizens need to do the same before a party is registered.
I became a supporter of the Pirate Party in Finland by reading the blog of Rick Falkvinge, the Pirate Party leader in Sweden. He tends to make sense about taking a common sense responsibility of the society you happen to live in. Which is why I ask you to vote for a Pirate Party if you have that option.
British freshman blogger and veteran labor politician John Prescott solicits comments to his blog posts. It would be a lot easier to accomodate his wish if one did not have to register before posting a comment. It would also be helpful if he blogged about something else than blogging itself. In that case there would be something to comment.
Tags: Dick Cheney
The US vice president is a heartbeat from the presidency as they say. It is just a bit more than a month to go before Obama and Biden occupy the White House but I sure hope that George W Bush is going to be alive and well these remaining days of his presidency. I would not like to see Dick Cheney as president, not even the short time left.
Cheney would be a bad president. Not as bad as Sarah Palin but worse than Bush which is quite a lot to say. The reason I think so is that Cheney stands 100 % for the policies of the Bush administration but unlike Bush and Palin, he understands all about it. I just read a summary of his interview and it gave me goose bumps.
Tags: Barack Obama
When Barack Obama made his first weekly Tube address for a few weeks ago I complained that it was “somewhat thin of substance”. That can not be said about today’s address. The president-elect actually makes sense.
Canadian PM Stephen Harper criticizes the planned coalition which is likely to replace his minority cabinet.
My friends, such an illegitimate government would be a catastrophe, for our democracy, our unity and our economy, especially at a time of global instability.
What Mr. Harper refers to as “an illegitimate government” would in fact be a coalition backed by the majority of the parliament. I am not quite sure about Canada but in the rest of the World it would be called democracy.
Tags: Barack Obama
President-elect Barack Obama has for the first time released his so called weekly address as a YoutTube video and intends to do the same every week. That seems to be the most important news you can say about this week’s address. Other than looking and sounding very presidential, the address was somewhat thin of substance.
On the other hand, Obama is not president yet which puts a limit to how much news he can deliver. I expect that to change once he is sworn in.
I hear that I would be 75 % more qualified than Mrs. P. If you take her as a measure I might even feel insulted to get such a low score. The governor of Alaska is yesterday’s news.
|You are 75% more qualified than Sarah Palin. Sure, your resume is missing a few things, but you’ve got the experience where it counts. You know that the hard-working men and women of America deserve a government that will work for them, and that there’s nothing “average” about a plumber that makes $200,000 per year.|
|Find Your Character @ BrainFall.com|
I have posted this clip before but it deserves to be posted again. Thinking about that Eskimo poetry.
Now that we got that old detail out of the table, it is time to get on with the real work. Yes we can!