Lithuanian Liberal Youth (lit. Lietuvos liberalus jaunimas, LLJ)  is a Lithuanian pro-liberty youth organization, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary this December.  LLJ has been a major movement in Lithuania since the restoration of Lithuanian Independence from USSR in 1990. We‘re politically active and trying to influence liberal politicians, however, the organization is independent and one of the strongest in Lithuania.

Political education has always been an important part of the work LLJ does, therefore 2 years ago, ‘LLJ Political Compass‘ was born. We first used it in our annual Summer Camps, where young members of LLJ are trained in debating, public speaking, and organizational management; however, this year the project has become BIG.  In the upcoming month LLJ Board will visit 12 cities all over Lithuania.

The initiative is similar to SFL‘s Operation Politically Homeless, as well as the famous political compass that is available online.

First we hand participants questionnaires consisting of ten questions – five economic and five concerning personal freedom. Every answer (yes/no/maybe) has a different value, according to the type of the question and its formulation.

The x-axis in our political compass represents economic liberty, with more liberty and less state intervention to the right; the y-axis represents personal freedoms, with more personal freedom in the positive region.

The upper right corner, therefore, with more personal and economic freedom, represents (classical) liberals and libertarians. The upper left corner, combining many personal freedoms with less economic freedom, represents social-liberals and social-democrats.  The lower left corner, with little economic or personal freedom, represents socialists and communists. The lower right corner, combining little personal with more economic freedom, represents conservatives and nationalists.

LLJ has prepared a shiny, colorful compass (about 20 square meters), where members of the group or individuals can stand after taking the test & see how their political views differ from their friends and where they are personally. It has been a great tool to ignite discussion on politics, political theory and, most importantly, liberty. It works really well even among those who are not libertairans, or familiar with political theory and politics.  It‘s easy, fun, and it attracts attention. Above all, it makes people think more about liberty!