Friday, June 09, 2006
I only have short bit of time for writing today, so I'm going to give you a quiz to take.
This quiz is known as The World's Smallest Political Quiz and was originally formulated by David Nolan in the 1970's, I believe. By answering these 10 questions, you will find out (if you don't know already) whether you should probably be voting conservative, liberal, libertarian, or whatever else.
Now, of course, this is a very small political quiz (as a matter of fact, I think it was mentioned somewhere here that is the smallest) so if the results tell you that you are a statist (read: fascist), you might not necessarily want to run out and start your own band of brownshirts. However, it is a great general guide and you may find out that you've been voting for folks who don't really represent the views you wish expressed.
Here are the simple instructions:
For each statement below, say "agree", "disagree" or "maybe".
1 - Government should not censor speech, press, media or internet.
2 - Military service should be voluntary. There should be no draft.
3 - There should be no laws forbidding sex between consenting adults.
4 - Repeal laws prohibiting adult possession and use of drugs.
5 - There should be no National ID card.
1 - End "Corporate Welfare". No government handouts to businesses.
2 - End barriers to international free trade.
3 - Let people control their own retirement. Privatize Social Security.
4 - Replace government welfare with private charity.
5 - Cut taxes and government spending by 50% or more.
The scoring is quite simple. For each section (Personal, Economic) give yourself 20 points for each "Agree", 10 points for each "Maybe", and 0 points for a "Disagree".
When you have your totals for each section, refer to the chart below.
Take your PERSONAL score and note where it falls on that side of the chart. Do the same for your ECONOMIC score. Then, go to where the lines would meet on the chart. That is your political home, more or less.
For example, where you see the red dot? That would be from a score of 70 on PERSONAL and 50 on ECONOMIC.
If you wish to learn more about the quiz, here's where I stole it.
(I didn't steal it. They love having this thing disseminated. Feel free to do so yourself.)
(Oh, and for the record? I score 100-80, and fall very much into the Libertarian quadrant. Big surprise, eh?)
See you Monday!