Monday, May 09, 2005

Speak of the Devil

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The Political Compass, a nasty little helpful tool.

Ethnic cleansing has been a favorite subject for analysts and journalists dealing with the Balkans, especially in the aftermath of former-Yugoslavia's disintegration and resulting series of quasi-civil wars. During my days off english-language blogging, I came across some over-generalizations by a greek journalist who also likes to post his paper articles in a blog (as a matter of fact, I was told it was paper policy to have him do so, apparently to show the public how in touch with current trends they all are); nevertheless, as mor knows, I happen to be somehow knowledgeable about Srebrenica and the UNPROFOR and all the ugly shit which occured there, so I posted a little protesting remark in my greek-language blog. Funny thing, nobody seems to care any longer. So, why am I pushing this here? I am not. It just so happened that a (remote) cousin of mine recently got married to the daughter of a Serbian businessman. After I received the invitation (for Belgrade, no less, with hotel reservations), I googled the bride's surname. Turned out the father of the bride is a major industrialist, gets some prime ribs of public works (rebuilding what American bombers destroyed back then) and is what we call in greek διαπλεκόμενος i.e. "highly connected (with a politico-economic twist)". I was sorry I couldn't make the wedding.

Did I mention I am now officially back and ready for some action? So is the much-advertised, long-awaited Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington's loud entry into e-journalism (con Blog). It remains to be seen whether it will be a resonant or simply a brassy one. Good thing they already accepted a comment of mine. Yes, looks like all comments go through some cacophony-controlling device. I am glad my voice is still Callas-quality after all these years. I recall Arianna back around 1980, when she visited Swarthmore and I was resorted to by the President's office as the only Greek on campus to escort her through the gardens and buildings. I am not sure we actually exchanged a word, I believe the party was almost a crowd. She was either working on or had just released her book on Maria Callas. Funny how small the world was back then.

In case you hadn't noticed, my impenetrably beloved Karina has (finally) posted her Meme 451 reply in her widely renovated, bilingual blog: go visit for a Totally Irrelevant book meme! Risking the wrath of my two pulchritudinous co-bloggers (oh, they know I love them both, they are the cream of the crop), I should mention they were not as intense and overwhelming as I'd expected in calling me back to action. A little more passion, ladies?

Needless to add, I've been through a lot during my absence. Some of that lot ended up in my stomach, visibly altering my diameter. (One can see a picture here.) While I was digesting (the long hours), soul searching was in order. I am sure most of you will agree that soul searching on an empty stomach is not recommended. Ancient Greeks philosophised during dinners, the Symposia. Uncertain of my current political stance, I took a test. I am sure you'll rejoice to view my results.
Economic: Left/Right: -2.63
Social: Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.08
This puts me in Gandhi's quarter (see pic above). The Political Compass folks have a special (classical) composers' plot as an example, so my "score" places me roughly between Beethoven and Shostakovich. A mere coincidence I happen to like them both?


Blogger mezizany said...

how exciting, your post, if not your vacation.

i scored on The Political Compass...
Economic Left/Right: -5.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.18

more than fairly close to the Dalai Lama... more than very interesting, i must say.

3:21 am EEST  
Blogger lefty said...

Economic Left/Right: -4.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.56

That's pretty close to Mezizany's. Very interesting indeed.

5:27 am EEST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm sitting right on Dalai's head. What gives?

12:24 pm EEST  
Blogger Dave said...

Economic Left/Right: -1.22
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 2.00

so that means im sort of neutral? the kind of person the government is trying to get the vote of, compared to those who always vote one way or the other?

2:32 pm EEST  
Blogger Loxias said...

Lock me up while there is time:

Economic Left/Right: -6.13
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.90



Antonio Gramsci (as if...)

3:47 pm EEST  
Blogger andrea zax said...

Dalai Lama. Our kind of guy! Hey, it's crowded down here, or is it just me?

4:00 pm EEST  
Blogger dystropoppygus said...

Jeeezaz! We're frequented by demented ultra-libertarian leftists! No wonder my (insulted?) blog-mates don't give a clue about their scores (I guess scores like the Pope's [Benny's, for Benedictus] would rightly remove any notions of threesomes there are and deprive the blog of its sensually erotic aura...) Huh.

Don't worry Dave, there's still time for you to drift to the left as you grow up (only to slowly recede towards the center once you're grown up, like I am). OK, OK just an euphemism for "old" - no need to bring out the tar and feathers! :-p

6:07 pm EEST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One point, though. Is it correct to place these two axes perpendicular to each other? Are we sure they represent orthogonal and mutually independent, ehm, what are they, principles? philosophies? theories?...

9:26 pm EEST  
Anonymous helion said...

Gandhier than old Ghandi himself. Andrea is right, though, it's a bit crowded down there in the left corner. I wonder what that says about opinion diversity among bloggers - are we thus doomed to always (fervently or mildly) agree with each other? Bore alert.
Dystro, stop whining about your age, doing online tests is a sign of self-exploration usually done through the formative years - so, you're still on your way to wherever.

11:23 pm EEST  
Blogger i-fallos (Καπεταν Ηρεμος) said...

I 've been landed on Gandhi's head. I have to apologise for that, since people have categorize me in the past as

1. Anarchic-conservative

2. Right-wing communist

3. Anticommunist

4. Communist

5. Almost fascist

And when they were more than two, kicked my ass (those beautiful days of "metapolitefsi")

Any way I like it, since I am trying to lose some weight and I am going to use it as an alibi!

I sent your page to all the bad people spreading around lies about me.

9:16 pm EEST  
Blogger talos said...

-9,4 left, -7,90 libertarian. I've done this test three times with a year or two between each one, and I'm moving slowly but steadily to the bottom left corner... Apparently aging is pushing me in the opposite direction to normal. Like JG Ballard I'm bucking the trend by becoming more-left wing as I grow older

9:07 pm EEST  
Blogger J95 said...


*That*'s close, lefty.

11:39 pm EEST  
Blogger lefty said...

" -4.38/-6.67
*That*'s close, lefty."

That's scaringly close man... Like you're a twin bro or something. Spooky!

6:59 am EEST  
Blogger ιονκ said...

Economic Left/Right: -8.63
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.21

the center must have moved way right ..definetely!! (left-er than talos?! that can't be possible!!)

7:22 pm EEST  
Blogger dystropoppygus said...

Perhaps it would be appropriate to re-take the test after, say, a week and compare. After all, such informal tests are usually heavily culturally biased (meaning that the person or panel who put together the questions might have a particular audience in mind, usually on the other side of the Atlantic).

My second take produced slightly different results:
Economic Left/Right: -4.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.87
Well, wondering if I should average them, I am at least thankful my position remains in the same southwesterly quadrant of this compass...

1:22 pm EEST  
Anonymous yorgos said...

i think i've almost nailed that sexy 'radical center' =)

L/R: -3.25
A/L: -5.74

-4.12, -4.67 in early 2004 - tho the test has changed since last year.

12:32 am EEST  

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