Yep, the star represents where my political philosophy resides. You can take your own political "temperature" here. By the way, a "centrist" is someone who doesn't have the guts to say what he believes or, just as likely, doesn't know what he believes. Though I usually think of myself as a conservative, I've been aware of the fact that I have a very strong libertarian streak in me for some time. I blame that on my grandfather, the Allman Brothers, and Jesus. Yeah, I know. It's complicated. I would, nonetheless, still consider many of my views in line with "Burkean Conservatism", i.e., "the principles of true politics are those of morality enlarged" and especially Burke's notion that, society is "a contract between God and man and between all
the generations of men within history—the past, present, and unborn
generations." That explains my utter disdain for faddish and politically correct perspectives regarding history and those who embrace them to get "better gigs" and concern over how they're viewed by academia and a decadent popular culture. As far as I'm concerned, the more out of step one is with popular culture, the healthier one is - physically, mentally, and spiritually. That also probably explains why my "star" is at the right edge of the spectrum. Quite an interesting intellectual exercise.