In my TOK class recently, I explored my political bias through three tests. My results were a bit surprising. In the political compass test, I turned out to be considerably more libertarian than where I was two and a half years ago. They say a kid’s political bias tends to reflect his/her parents’ or family’s political perspective. I had always thought my parents were quite libertarian, so I didn’t expect myself to be more libertarian than before, rather more totalitarian. My economic bias stayed pretty much the same; I am still leaning a bit left. However, my PolQuiz results were quite different. I am leaning a bit right on the economic scale, and still slightly libertarian on the social scale. I find it very strange that the two test results about the same subject turned out to be completely different. At the same time, I slightly do see why my economic stances are opposing. I haven’t independently experienced the true day-to-day economy (as I’m still living under my parents), so it may be too early for me to have solidified an economic stance.
Hence, I do not think I am really “political.” I define a “political person” as someone who actively engages in political activity, and actively attempts to escalate his/her own needs and wants to a larger, more powerful voice. I do care about politics, and I do follow the news on relevant, important issues. However, I am not actively engaged in politics of any kind. I have not participated in any kind of protest or rally, unlike some of my cousins in Korea, to give an example of political activity.
The third test I didn’t mention above is the political bias test. The results show that I am less biased than approximately 70% of test-takers. I find this really strange because I got more than half of the questions wrong. I thought incorrect answers mean I am politically biased, as my bias is hindering my collection of factual information. Nevertheless, I am glad I am not too biased (apparently).
To conclude, I think one of the most damaging political issues worldwide lately is bipartisanship. Our society is being plagued by politically extreme views, no matter what the subject is: gender, race, economy, you name it. Looking through comments on online news articles, I feel like the general public tends to follow whichever party they “support,” without giving their own unbiased, factual, rational thoughts on political issues. Hence, the core of this issue, in my opinion, is self-education. The current political paradigm of bipartisanship will take extremely long to change, I think.