Write a blog post in which you reflect on who you are politically, and what the implications of this are for you as a knower. Be sure to include your results on each of the tests as well as touching on some of the questions from the start of the lesson:
Below are the results from my tests
Regarding the political compass, I think it was fairly accurate in determining my political leanings. I’ve taken this test on several occasions before, and I noticed that there’s several “gotcha” questions that prompts a particular response. Despite this, it placed me in the authoritarian right quadrant, not too far off the center. I think of myself as a moderate conservative, which I think is a good place to be. Personally, I think that extremism AND precise centrism are equal in the sense that they disrupt public discourse. In my view, a lack of opinion can be equally harmful to society.
Interestingly, the nolan chart also places me into the “right wing” conservative boundary. Interestingly enough, it’s just a tad right from the moderate boundary, so I think it’s an accurate indicator of my moderate conservatism.
I was actually very intrigued by the results of this test. Although I acknowledge that I have a political bias, I think that the test was flawed in the way it was designed. To begin, I think that this test was directed towards an American audience, as there were certain questions regarding American protectionism and policy. I try to reduce my political polarization by subscribing to different sources of news, and gathering information from all sides of the political spectrum. I must say that I do have a slight political bias, in that I tend to have a higher degree of skepticism regarding news coming from left-wing news channels, as it’s quite obvious they have a clear political agenda as well. The right wing media certainly has its own agenda, so that’s why I try gather information from diverse sources.
Despite all this, I have a lower political bias than around 70% of test-takers. I think this is in line with my personal policy of referencing different sources of information. I think this is good, because it’s an indicator that my political stance does not largely affect me as a learner or a knower. I judge sources and information based on their true objectivity and value.
- Do you consider yourself to be “political”? Why or why not?
- I do consider myself more politically inclined than the average junior. I think this can be attributed to my friend group, and just my subjective opinion that politics is really interesting.
- What does it mean to be political?
- I think the greatest indicator of whether someone is political is whether or not the person has an active interest in government or public affairs. One who stays on top of current events is usually more politically inclined.
- Is everything political? Why or why not?
- Like in class, almost anything can be linked to politics. Eric even linked mundane things like water to politics. While I certainly think that one can establish a connection if looking for one, it can be a bit of a stretch. I think that there are things that are disassociated with politics.
- How important do you feel it is to be aware of what is going on in politics?
- I think it is of utmost importance that we are aware of what is going on in politics. As we grow older, we will discover the importance of participating in public spheres. A nation with a diminished awareness to what is going on in politics is most susceptible to a totalitarian government takeover.
- What are the political issues that you believe are most important right now and why?
- The biggest issue is the polarization of discourse in public spheres. I actually wrote a report on this with my fellow General Assembly President, a prospective Harvard student.