I have finally checked out politicalcompass.org. I’m excited to see my name plotted on an X-Y chart near Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama, although I haven’t decided what that means to me, yet. -shrug- I have so much to learn about politics, economics, history– and everything in the world, in general– I never know where to begin, or where I’m straying too far from “practical” study.
(The most interesting information is often, somehow, the least useful! You know?)
Anyway, I can’t wait to see how my views will change in twenty years. I hope one day in the far future I will think to make the comparison. Surely, some things will change. I took the compass test very seriously and, as a result, found a few of the questions quite hard to answer. Frankly, I felt a little under-qualified to answer two or three of them!
<3 your favorite left-wing libertarian (apparently, ha!)
Studying in St Petersburg these past three weeks, I’ve actually had a lot of free time. To amuse myself, I’ve been reading into whatever interesting topics I have come upon. Without further ado, here are some highlights of my reading!
- Peter I (18th century tsar of Russia) was so hands-on that once when he ordered a fleet of ships be built, he worked alongside his men to complete the task. Generally, he was hungry for knowledge. Owing to his curiosity, there exists in St Petersburg a museum founded by Peter I which contains scientific oddities– two-headed babies floating in jars, for example. I haven’t been there, but I’ve heard “things.” And one last bit about Peter the Great: since he wanted to push Russia into a new age, he demanded that men shave their beards. Those who didn’t were subject to a beard tax. What is perhaps more interesting to me is that Peter was not the only ruler to do this throughout history!
- Anne Frank’s diary has been proven to near absolute certainty to be authentic. A few groups (generally, if not totally, comprised of Holocaust-deniers) use the Internet to spread the idea that her diary is fiction, but their alleged proof is invalid. FOR EXAMPLE: they claim that Anne’s diary contains notes in the margins made with red and green ballpoint-pen. However, these markings were made by Anne in colored pencil. The idea that they were made in ballpoint pen (a device which Anne couldn’t have used) comes from a careless report made on the general appearance of Anne’s manuscripts. In case you didn’t know, Anne edited her diary herself during her lifetime in hopes of publishing it after WWII. Her father, Otto Frank, also edited the work as it was in the process of being published.
That’s all for now!
From Russia, with love,