January 22nd, 2009

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UK-centric political spectrum test

From nwhyte a different political spectrum test. It's calibrated to the UK political spectrum, and I think they have derived the axes from factor analysis of existing data, rather than predefining the factors and then seeing where people fall. Therefore I think it's less American and less ideological/libertarian than the other one. I like analyses that use emergent factors. The advantage is that this lets them pick the two axes of opinion that explain maximum variance: the disadvantage is that the axes aren't that easy to describe, though they are recognisable left/right.

One factor is what I would call 'traditional Tory' (hanging and flogging, anti-Europe, anti-immigration) and one factor is what I would call 'neocon' (pro war and free markets, and pro-American). I was pretty far to the left on both of these.


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Here are my results. My results seem to place me at one extreme of variance, with less that 1% of the population of the UK 'more left-wing than me. However when my results are cross-referenced against newspaper readership, I am plonk in the middle of 'typical Guardian reader' territory.

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Reading list

There were several novels on that list that I feel I ought to read. I'll see how many of these I can track down and read this year, what do you think? Any not to bother with?
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And here are some that I don't really know anything about. I mean, I've heard of Auster and Calvino and Ramsey Campbell of course, but I don't know those books. The others I haven't even heard of the author. Any thoughts on any of these?
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