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88 “You are a medium-core libertarian, probably self-consciously so. Your friends probably encourage you to quit talking about your views so much.”
I am most certainly NOT a Libertarian regardless of where I stand on any of these poorly, over simplified questions.
Another test created to bring a specific result.
[/quote]I would never confuse you for a libertarian. You’re safe. But I would recognize that you agree with me on a significantly large number of issues. I would recognize that you agree with libertarian positions on a large number of issues. And it’s pretty clear to me that you’re also not really a big authoritarian either. Considering what those words mean, that they’re basically two ends of a spectrum, you definitely have libertarian tendencies. Those poorly worded, over-simplified questions prove it. You favor smaller government and less government involvement in our lives at some level. I’m sorry though. I don’t mean to insult you.
I don’t think the test is actually that bad. It’s more of a spectrum test rather than a test for who should call himself a libertarian or be a card-carrying member of the Libertarian Party. Zero on the test is the current state of regulation of liberty while 160 is the complete absence of regulation, the anarcho-capitalist position. It’s a state-no state spectrum. I think there’s a lot of good reasons not to embrace anarcho-capitalism, and yet I continue to identify as a libertarian. Obviously the quip at the end of the description is tongue in cheek (No I don’t wish I’d scored higher – I’m exactly where I want to be on the issues listed), and the test is not scientific.
PS – I find it interesting that you score higher than some folks who profess to be libertarian or near-libertarian.
PPS – Also concerning the quality of the questions, libertarians arrive at their libertarianism from a number of directions, a variety of reasons. But in the end, their prescriptions on public policy are similar. Would you cut the federal government down by 50 percent? I would. Jjf wouldn’t. Forgetting labels, what does that say about the similarity of our opinions if not the reason we reach them?