World's Smallest Political Quiz

Discussion in 'Political Discussions' started by Guest, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. Mr. Engineer

    Mr. Engineer member

    This looks like a shortened version of the political spectrum test written by the Libertarian Party. I think it asks too few questions to be of any scientific value.
  2. Mr. Engineer

    Mr. Engineer member

    I am a registered Libertarian as well. I would describe myself as a practical Libertarian as a strict Libertarian tends to be almost an Anarchist. As with any of the smaller parties, there are too many candidates with too small and too tight of an agenda to take them seriously. In the last general election, the Libertarian candidate for Lt Gov listed his occupation as Ferret Legalization Consultant. That is just silly - and makes the party look like a bunch of idiots.

    In order to make the Libertarians win more elections, the candidates have to be more mainstream and not so much on the fringes.
  3. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    I agree - my result was exactly the opposite of my political leanings.
  4. spmoran

    spmoran Member

    That, and American History (real, not revised) has to be drummed into the heads of Americans starting at a young age. People need to know where they come from (all Americans, not just dead white land- and slave-holders) and who did what when to get from where we started to where we are now. Our current government looks abosolutely nothing like that envisioned by the original representatives from the colonies. There are many reasons for this, but most Americans have not a clue. That ignorance, combined with Libertarians own tendency to present themselves as incredibly strange and anarchistic people, makes for a situation where we are not really credible, and certainly not viable.

    Republicans and Democrats are kind of like the McDonalds and Burger King of government. People know McD's and BK, know they are not good for them, know eating that food makes them fat and weak and unhealthy in so many ways, but keep going back to them because it's what they know, and it's easy.

    NOTE: This is not a drumbeat to start a war with non-Libertarians on this forum. Really.

  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    The Libertarians (I used to be one and actually was the first person in the state of Michigan to win office under the Libertarian banner.) have many problems besides the ones already mentioned.

    There is intraparty fighting all the time. In the last Presidential election, Harry Browne was the Libertarian nominee and on the ballot in all states where they met the criteria. Yet, in Arizona, Barry Hess was the Libertarian nominee on the ballot.

    The Libertarians need to have a united party and focus on the issues that most Americans care about--low or no taxation, limited government, civil liberties, free trade, personal freedoms, etc.
  6. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Spoiler strategy for ideologically-based third parties

    Personally, I think the Libertarians would achieve more of their goals if they stopped trying to get elected and started explicitly running spoiler campaigns against Republicans who stray too far from limited government. If the GOP knew there was a group that would seek to undermine their more authoritarian candidates, perhaps it would affect their nomination process.

    The same applies to the Greens and the Democrats. They should have used the effect of Nader in 2000 as a marketing gift from heaven, not fled from it.

    That's not an endorsement from me in any direction, just a political science opinion. :)

  7. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    Slightly leftish centrist. Big surprise there.
  8. cdhale

    cdhale Member


    Guess I am fairly libertarian.

  9. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Being the 4,765,516th test-taker, I scored 100% personal & 20% economic. I am left-liberal.
  10. little fauss

    little fauss New Member

    I hadn't seen this one before.

    This may actually shock some of you. I came out as "Centrist"! 60-60

    I hate being a centrist! I'd rather be a leftie or a rightie (I actually consider myself a rightie, and I'll bet most of you consider me on the far side of Limbaugh). Perhaps I just have so many extreme positions that they cancel each other out; perhaps I'm a maverick and take positions without regard to what my party (big plodding elephant, of course) tells me I should take. There, that's it, I'm a maverick, not beholden to anybody. I like that better.

    Or maybe I'm just confused. I don't know.

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  11. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    For Mugwumps

    Incidentally, there is a version of the quiz that has yes, no, and maybe. One answering maybe on everything would be 50/50, square in the middle of centrism. Perhaps that's where folks like Ike would end up were they to take that version.

  12. Mr. Engineer

    Mr. Engineer member

    No - Limbaugh is just on the far side of being an idiot. I don't think anyone on the board would think that of you.
  13. Mr. Engineer

    Mr. Engineer member

    Yes, I agree with you Jimmy. In CA, the Libertarian candidate for LT Gov was a self-described Ferret Legalization Advocate. WTF? Why would i vote for such a wierdo - I might as well vote for Gary Coleman!
  14. DesElms

    DesElms New Member

    Well, this should certainly come as no surprise to anyone:
    • ACCORDING TO YOUR ANSWERS, the political description that fits you best is LIBERAL. LIBERALS usually embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but tend to support significant government control of the economy. They generally support a government-funded "safety net" to help the disadvantaged, and advocate strict regulation of business. Liberals tend to favor environmental regulations, defend civil liberties and free expression, support government action to promote equality, and tolerate diverse lifestyles.

      The RED DOT on the Chart shows where you fit on the political map:

      - Your PERSONAL issues Score is 70%.
      - Your ECONOMIC issues Score is 10%.

      (The red dot, for me, was at about hourhand 8:30 on the map, were it a clock face; and out near its left edge. That's pretty liberal, it seems... but with a tiny leaning toward statist. Hmm. I guess that's about right... er... I mean Left... er... oh, you know what I mean.)

      How People Have Scored:
      Centrist 30.10 %
      Right (Conservative) 7.54 %
      Libertarian 34.94 %
      Left (Liberal) 18.84 %
      Statist (Big Government) 8.59 %
    This thing has 70% of the nation as centrists or libertarians... and only 7.54% as conservatives on the Right. I'm not sure that's how studies, polls and census data breaks it down. So I'm not sure how reliable this thing really is.

    But it's entertaining, at least... for what that's worth.
  15. kansasbaptist

    kansasbaptist New Member

    Posted by Ted Heiks
    Hey, we are complete opposites (WOW). I scored 100% economic and 20% personal.

    Conservative - Go figure.
  16. DesElms

    DesElms New Member


    Oops. I meant closer to 66%. I was in a hurry and I must have included the "Right (Conservative)" number in my quick, mental calculation or something. I dunno. All I know is that I overstated it by about 4%. My bad. Sorry.
  17. Guest

    Guest Guest

    That's because mostly libertarians take the test. I think it's reproduced in nearly every libertarian publication from Reason magazine to LP News.
  18. Casey

    Casey New Member

    My PERSONAL issues Score was 10%.
    My ECONOMIC issues Score was 80%.
  19. I took the test again and the program blew up and came back with an error message.....

  20. mcdirector

    mcdirector New Member

    OH my! I'm a libertarian too. (I'm not -- but it says I am :rolleyes: )

    Your PERSONAL issues Score is 80%.
    Your ECONOMIC issues Score is 100%.

    It was entertaining.

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