Some Algerian tweeples took the political compass test to find out where they would be on a (left/right, authoritarian/libertarian) plane. I did take that test several years ago and took it again some days ago with fellow tweeples. To my surprise (or not), my position didn’t change much in all these years. No conclusion implied but note how Gandhi is the closest to me.
This is a way for me to introduce a new compass which I named “The ChatNoir Compass”. I hope fellow Algeria blogger ChatNoir won’t mind and won’t sue me for intellectual property.
Those among you who follow Algeria’s
exciting political life have probably read of the fierce debate which is taking place around the Algerian education ministry proposal/decision to use Algerian colloquial language or dardja in the early primary school years to make sure the pupils are not “shocked” when facing a new language (Modern Standard Arabic) which wouldn’t be their mother tongue. I leave it to you to check the Algerian and foreign press which reported about it. There are also many opinion articles and blog posts dealing with the topic. For once I decided to not react with a blog post as I had already shared my opinion about dardja in my Language and Belonging series.
I regret that most of the opinions I read or heard were based on the binary perspective I wrote about in my previous post. I will therefore not share any of them with the exception of Lameen Souag’s who wrote a sensible text. I encourage you to read it.
Chatnoir also wrote about the topic and, as he promised on Twitter, offered a description of the Algerian sociopolitical landscape which is perhaps expected to help us understand the roots of the dardja debate and many other past and present issues. I read the post this morning and noticed the binary split again. He speaks of the ministry of education but doesn’t mention Benbouzid’s 14 years and I don’t think the man is an islamist. Also, this “peut-etre a tort” he added to this sentence “Cette levée de boucliers générale contre Benghabrit par les forces rétrogrades du pays valide (peut-être à tort) la politique qu’elle veut mener” doesn’t make it more rational.
But I said I won’t engage in this debate and I am here to “help”. I mean I read Chatnoir’s post and I thought that it was too bad a plot didn’t come along with the text. So I reread the post and made the below map where I humbly attempted to position the persons he mentioned. I’ve got an idea on where Chatnoir would sit but I feel I’ve gone already too far…
Here is the compass so take the test and find out where you are.
PS: I haven’t blogged in ages so I write while the motivation is here. I hope you don’t mind two posts in two days.
PPS: This post a partly for fun… just in case someone takes it too seriously 🙂