I've taken the Political Compass test twice now, and both times it has placed me just slightly left of center on economic matters (most recently, -2.00) and a bit more significantly anti-authoritarian (-3.90) on social matters. It's perhaps an odd place to be, but it seems to fit: I am, in general, a believer in free markets, but I am not persuaded that every single problem on earth can be solved by them. And while in some areas I fall among the social conservatives, I don't necessarily think that it's the proper function of government to enforce social mores.

If the preceding sounds vague, well, it is. With that in mind, here's a list of issues and what I think about them, and you can interpret them however you like.

I generally take a dim view of this procedure, but I question whether the Feds have any business having a policy one way or another. Should Roe v. Wade be overturned, I will not be unhappy; on the other hand, should my state seek to outlaw the practice in the absence of Roe, I will vote against the ban should it end up on the ballot. On the not-all-that-related issue of contraception, I don't have too many qualms about it, even in Plan B form, and I think that if you really oppose dispensing these things, perhaps you should have chosen a career other than pharmacy.

I think most gun-control measures are a travesty, quite apart from anyone's interpretation of the Second Amendment, and I tend to oppose them on general principle unless they're so obvious as to be beyond discussion: I would not, for instance, support concealed-carry for middle-school students. Teachers, that's another matter entirely.

Changes in climate:
We flatter ourselves that we, an insignificant carbon-based life form, can actually destroy a planet. Most of this noise comes from professional charlatans like the United Nations, where everyone yearns for a "better" world which invariably turns out to be worse, and it's even better if the Americans can be forced to pay for it. What's more, the idea that climate ought to be static, unchanging, is purely delusional: sucj conditions exist nowhere in nature, except perhaps in deepest space, where the temperature hovers around zero degrees Kelvin and any degree of warming whatsoever is remarkable. "But we'll lose species!" We lose species every day, including some we haven't even found yet. Save your tears for something you can actually do something about.

Energy policy:
This is one area where the market actually works fairly well. Fossil fuels aren't going to disappear overnight; however, they are likely to become more expensiv