Democrat, Republican, or Mozartian?
Politics…. Oy vey. For our overseas readers (all four of you) consider yourself lucky. The past few months in the land of Uncle Sam have been some of the most divisive I can remember. Democrats calling Republicans names, Republicans returning the childish behavior, all while refusing to work together serving the public whom elected them. My Facebook news stream has been a war zone between the two factions. I have seen friends do battle based solely on party affiliation with (at times) complete disregard to the issues often distorting the facts to make themselves “more correct.”
What an exhausting and horrible waste of my bandwidth.
But what if there was another way? A new system of declaring views without broad generalizations of being one or the other?
No more Us vs. Them?
The folks at www.PoliticalCompass.org have created a “simple” and relatively quick test (a few minutes) to determine where your true allegiance falls, not in terms of Democrat or Republican, but in terms of the amount government control you endorse and your left/right economic stance. You can take the test for yourself here. I’ve always considered myself a Centrist, but my results were pushed somewhat left due to my strong stance on government funding of the arts, of which I readily admit my bias. Attention Michele Bachmann, I’m not voting for you. It has nothing to do with your party affiliation. WHAT? AM I CRAZY?! NO! I’m not voting for you because you want to remove all funding from the NEA and other public arts organizations. That’s kind of a deal breaker for me.
But, I digress, the results of my test were as follows:
Economic Left/Right: -4.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.74
So that in and of itself is nothing new. Political tests have been around for years helping people see that they either are or are not as hardcore as they believe they are.
But the website also provides a chart showing where deceased classical composers would supposedly land had they taken the test. While not really scientific, it is instead based on an interpretation of the composer’s views from their works and writings.
Think of it, Beethovenians working with Schumannites, The Haydn Liberation Front able to ally themselves with the Elgar Authority. And while I thought I might end up as a Dvořákrat, it turns out I’m more of a Brittenican (though like all conductors I secretly desired to be a considered a real Mahlerian.)
So where do you fall? Take the test and share the results here or on my Facebook wall.