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You might actually be a Libertarian and not even know it!
Sep 11th, 2014 at 12:04am
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Ive invited many of my friends and family to take the Smallest Political Quiz https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&v...

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Many of my dearest friends and family (democrats, republicans and even 1 communist) are telling me they fall into the Libertarian ideology. This is great news! I submit the following:

The 'reported' number of Libertarians is highly understated.

Even my "commie" friend said his score placed him (marginally) in the Libertarian Camp. *kinda scary* .
  
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Re: You might actually be a Libertarian and not even know it!
Reply #1 - Sep 11th, 2014 at 12:17am
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That test is libertarian biased.

As much as I would like to be happy about something rare with a libertarian bias, I don't really want to mislead people. They'll start telling others what libertarianism is, and in the wrong way. We don't need yet another hijacked term. Also, misleading is dishonest.
  
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Reply #2 - Sep 11th, 2014 at 12:40am
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Crystallas wrote on Sep 11th, 2014 at 12:17am:
That test is libertarian biased. (clipped)


Clearly, it is.

I will research a more objective test.

Good call, Crystallas.

My commie friend (hopefully) will fail the next one! And so might a few of the others.

But I still contend the (real) number of Libertarians is understated.
  
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Reply #3 - Sep 13th, 2014 at 5:09pm
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I think I found it:

http://www.isidewith.com/

It gives a compatibility "score" with the major politic parties.

Unfortunately, the test is rather long and most people will lose interest in the test results.

But the test is very unbiased, and offers many qualitative responses to the questions rather than just the standard yes or no answers. You can even "weight" the responses by rating the importance of the issue on a 1 to 5 scale.

I scored 94% Libertarian. I'll have my Commie friend take it and see what happens. The Communist Party is not represented in the results, but the Socialist Party is. I expect he will score high as a Socialist.
  
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I think I scored 88% Libertarian on that. I like this one: http://www.bcaplan.com/cgi-bin/purity.cgi
  

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Reply #5 - Sep 16th, 2014 at 3:18am
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Josh wrote on Sep 13th, 2014 at 5:48pm:
I think I scored 88% Libertarian on that. I like this one: http://www.bcaplan.com/cgi-bin/purity.cgi


Hmmm.. ill defer to Crystallas's vote on this one...

On face value, seems very Libertarian biased to me. Just answer YES to all questions: you're the "perfect" Libertarian.

Thats just too dang easy.

Waiting for Crystallas' or Jeff's critique.


  
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Reply #6 - Sep 16th, 2014 at 10:55am
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SkyChief wrote on Sep 16th, 2014 at 3:18am:
Hmmm.. ill defer to Crystallas's vote on this one...

On face value, seems very Libertarian biased to me. Just answer YES to all questions: you're the "perfect" Libertarian.

Thats just too dang easy.

I should have clarified that the test is not meant to be a way of categorizing you, but determining how pure of a libertarian you are (so of course it's libertarian biased). If you answer honestly, it gives you a good idea. The only question I disagree with having on there is the question regarding constitutionality. Whether or not you think something is constitutional doesn't necessarily comment on your libertarianism. Besides that, pretty neat.

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Waiting for Crystallas' or Jeff's critique.

Crys will probably criticize you for relying on someone else to think for you, and Jeff will rant about how the test is a propaganda tool for 'progressives' (with singular quotes, just like that).
  

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Reply #7 - Sep 16th, 2014 at 3:10pm
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Josh wrote on Sep 16th, 2014 at 10:55am:
....and Jeff will rant about how the test is a propaganda tool for 'progressives' (with singular quotes, just like that).

I took one of these tests 30 years ago, but I already knew I was a libertarian before I took the test, so I'm not even looking at these tests. If it isn't very easy to find out about the people who created the test, it probably is biased. If libertarians created it, it's probably pretty fair. Judge for yourself.
  

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Josh wrote on Sep 13th, 2014 at 5:48pm:
I think I scored 88% Libertarian on that. I like this one: http://www.bcaplan.com/cgi-bin/purity.cgi

I got 159 out of 160.

The one question I got "wrong" was on relaxing immigration restrictions. Until we have 100% private property, immigration is a death sentence for liberty.
  
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I got 159 out of 160.

The one question I got "wrong" was on relaxing immigration restrictions. Until we have 100% private property, immigration is a death sentence for liberty.

This country existed for a long time with tremendous amounts of individual liberty, and huge numbers of immigrants, too which we owe a tremendous debt.
I agree, socialism is a failed system that produces (sometimes) temporary "good" but always results in evil, because it is. The root philosophy of socialism is government theft and redistribution.
  

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