As near as I can tell, the first time I tool the Political Compass test was back in October of 2004 and the only reason I know that is because of the archive of SEB on the Internet Archive. I could have sworn that I blogged about it at the time, but I can’t find the entry in which I did so. The Wayback Machine shows that I listed my score at the time in the sidebar of SEB so I was able to find that my score back then was Economic Left/Right -4.62 and Social Libertarian/Authoritarian -4.92 which puts me solidly, but not deeply, in the Lefty/Libertarian field of the graph.
Having recently been reminded of the test I decided it was time to take it again. I’m sure I’ve taken it a couple of times over the years, but again I’m unable to locate any entries where I mentioned it if I had. Still, some 7+ years later surely I’ve bowed to the conventional wisdom and become more conservative in my old age, right? Well, not exactly:
So much for growing more Conservative in my old age. I’ve jumped to a solid 5 on the Economic Left/Right scale and have taken on a much more anti-authoritarian approach to life. If I had to guess I’d say that’s largely thanks to the eroding of civil liberties by the government over the last decade of war. But just because I’m much more Libertarian than anytime in the past you shouldn’t expect to see me voting for Ron Paul anytime soon.