Here are my results for the three political tests:
The first test (Political Compass) shows that I am slightly left-leaning in terms of my views on the economy and personal freedom. The “economic left” is associated with having the economy run by a cooperative collective group (such as in communism and socialism) rather than individuals and organizations competing with each other. The libertarian side of the political spectrum is associated with the idea that people should have more freedom over their choices, rather than having more authority from the government.
The second test (Nolan Test) shows I am slightly left-leaning in terms of personal freedom, but right-leaning in terms of economic freedom. This puts me on the very edge of the “moderate” square. The two tests clash with each other in that one shows me as more economic left-leaning and one shows me as more economic right-leaning.
The third test (Political Knowledge) is more of a ‘quiz’ test than a ‘personality’ test. It shows that I have a pretty large political bias when it comes to knowledge related to politics. I honestly believe this is due to my lack of knowledge of U.S. politics and the United States in general rather than my actual political bias, so I think this one is less representative of me politically.
Regardless, I don’t consider myself a political person. In fact, I often avoid looking at political media (especially the articles that have comments on them) because I like to learn about factual world news and not worry that what I read is untrue and just political propaganda. I also dislike listening/watching political debates of any kind because I tend to get sucked into both sides of the argument and waste too much time on fact-checking, research, etc. I generally don’t like political disagreements (on the internet) either, because people tend to be more disrespectful when they are in front of a screen, so I stay away from those kinds of things.
What I believe being ‘political’ means is to be outspoken about one’s political opinion and to take action to promote that opinion. This is not possible in some places, but being political is to own your political identity and demonstrate it without shame (no hiding behind a pen name/secret identity). As such, I don’t consider myself a political person at all, because I dislike expressing my opinions on politics. I know some people who may fit my description of being ‘political’.
Is everything political? I don’t think so. While nowadays many things can be surprisingly associated with being political, such as wearing a mask, climate change, and thinking the earth is round, they are simply associated with politics and not actually political themselves. For example, wearing a mask is the mere act of wearing a mask to avoid spreading disease through the nose and mouth. What people have claimed about mask-wearing and coronavirus being a means of the government to control the population and whatnot are claims that, in the end, accomplish nothing. I feel strange for writing that because it sounded political, even though it wasn’t.
Nonetheless, even though I distance myself from politics, I believe it is very helpful to have knowledge of politics and global events in general. It gives you global awareness, a better understanding of society as a whole, and most importantly, the ability to know whether to stay away from politics or not. The best wisdom is from experience.
There are many global issues related to politics that I think deserve attention – climate change (which is real), unbalanced distribution of wealth and power, lack of basic needs, human rights to name a few. Some specific political events that have or deserve huge media coverage include the unstable political situation in the U.S. (Trump-Biden election, impeachment, storming of the Capitol, etc.), many civil wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria), global terrorism, and several issues in China that I cannot speak about (including that issue itself).
Politics as a whole is a complex matter and is important for understanding our power systems in human society. It is definitely an interesting topic to study.