How libertarian are you?


#1

Libertarian Purity Test

I got a 78.


Libertarian Purity Test
#2

Are you shocked that I have a 25???

Some of the questions were weird though, because some weren’t Yes or No questions. I hate these types of tests anyway.


#3

I got a 16

“16-30 points: You are a soft-core libertarian. With effort, you may harden and become pure.”


#4

[quote=“jjf3rd77, post:2, topic:37980”]
Are you shocked that I have a 25???

Some of the questions were weird though, because some weren’t Yes or No questions. I hate these types of tests anyway.
[/quote]The questions weren’t great, that is true.


#5

I guess I was looking over your shoulder lol 78


#6

[quote=“tperkins, post:5, topic:37980”]
I guess I was looking over your shoulder lol 78
[/quote]I think we do think alike on a lot of things.


#7

14 points


#8
  1. Though not to be construed as blanket agreement with jjf3rd77.

#9

29…thought I would be a bit higher based on my social views…but thankfully no where near a 78!
Wonder how Rand would score!..I’m guessing below me…LOL


#10

I scored 40: “31-50 points: Your libertarian credentials are obvious. Doubtlessly you will become more extreme as time goes on.


#11

Your score is…

78


#12

Surrre, the Mod playing middle of the road again lol


#13

70 for me. Medium core Libertarian


#14

106: You have entered the heady realm of hard-core libertarianism. Now doesn’t that make you feel worse that you didn’t get a perfect score?


#15

This should become a site wide signature line :eusa_think:


#16

[quote=“RET423, post:15, topic:37980”]
This should become a site wide signature line :eusa_think:
[/quote]:coffee_spray:

Guess there won’t be a similar comment for me. Only Bremen would score in three digits, and he’s probably at 160.


#17

Well obviously it’s a libertarian test. That means only libertarian questions. We disagree with the libertarian philosophy 75% of the time. 25% of the time we agree with it though that 25% might be completely different questions.


#18

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.


#19

[quote=“RET423, post:18, topic:37980”]
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?


#20

[quote=“jjf3rd77, post:17, topic:37980”]
Well obviously it’s a libertarian test. That means only libertarian questions. We disagree with the libertarian philosophy 75% of the time. 25% of the time we agree with it though that 25% might be completely different questions.
[/quote]Do you support abortion?

Obviously an abortion test.

Do you support smaller government?

Obviously a conservative test.

They’re just questions. Your answers elaborate what you believe. A 25 doesn’t mean you agree with libertarians 25 percent of the time. It’s a 160-point test, where 160 is anarcho-capitalism. I’m not 106 percent anarcho. I’m not anarcho at all. I have good reasons for stopping where I do. Nor am I 106 percent libertarian. You are not 25 percent libertarian. All it shows is that you agree with certain libertarian ideas, and a lot of conservatives, Republicans, Democrats and people in general do agree with certain libertarian ideas. You could easily have answered those questions and gotten a zero, which would likely show that you do not hold anything at all in common with libertarians – although it’s obviously not exhaustive nor scientific. It’s a numerical way to demonstrate overall agreement and disagreement between two points, not a justification showing nuances in the justification or specific mechanisms to implement those ideas.

It shows that I am at point 106 on a spectrum between the existing state and anarchy. It shows that I would more extremely cut government out of our lives than you would given the chance.