The Vancouver Scrum

On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

In the meantime, go and amuse yourself.

No, I haven't been posting here that much lately; this must mean that I've got some sort of a life, or something. Until I toss some more material this way, have some fun with the Political Compass.

The Compass is another of those silly on-line self-tests to find out where you stand on something or other. This one's a 2-dimensional scale: one for economic attitudes, one for social ones. The idea is that the "left-right" distinction is inadequate, because t would assume that leftists or rightists would have similar views on, for example, social issues. However, there are social conservatives, who favour free markets, but with rigid social control, usually sanctioned by the State, and then there are free-marketeers who coulsn't care less what you do in your personal life. Same thing goes on the other side of the spectrun. So why not have two axes?

In any case, this questionnaire is better-designed than most of the others out there. Give it a try.

They've also got a list of recemmended reads from practicioners and theorists of various ideological flavours; some of the books are worth checking out.

And, now, here's how I scored

Economic Left/Right: -1.38 (slightly to the economic left)
Authoritarian/Libertarian -6.02 (strongly libertarian on social issues)
Quelle surprise!

Okay, I've shown you mine. Show me yours.
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