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Libertarian Thoughts from Renaissance Guy

Are You a Libertarian?

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You can take this quick and easy quiz to find out if you are a libertarian.

  • My Personal Issues score is 90%.
  • My Economic Issues score is also 90%.

That puts me near the top corner of the Libertarian quadrant.

How about you?

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Written by ambrosianideas

October 4, 2009 at 2:46 am

Posted in Libertarianism

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  1. 80% on Personal Issues (Maybe on repealing drug laws and on a national ID card)
    90% on Economic Issues (Maybe on replacing government welfare with private charity)

    Pauline

    October 4, 2009 at 3:57 pm

  2. A better quiz is the political compass: http://www.politicalcompass.org/test

    It’s much longer, but more accurate. When I took it I was radically libertarian on social issues, and slightly left of center on economic issues. That put me in the libertarian left (you two would be in the libertarian right). I’m with Gandhi, Mandela and the Dali Lama. 🙂

    Scott Erb

    October 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm

  3. Scott,
    That quiz does show me in the libertarian right, but fairly close to center. I think it’s because there are so many questions that I would have wanted to answer somewhere in between agree and disagree, or to have added another option besides the two extremes offered.

    Pauline

    October 4, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    • When I took the longer quiz, it put me in the libertarian right quadrant. I was also near the center of the graph.

      I found some of the questions too cliche, and many of them had loaded words.

      For example, there was one about whether people with more resources have a right to better health care. I don’t think that anyone has the “right” to any health care, but I do think that people have the right to spend their money as they choose.

      renaissanceguy

      October 5, 2009 at 7:25 am

  4. On the short one I was 100% on personal issues, only 30% on economic ones. If the political compass I was a bit closer to the center on economic issues. I think “left libertarian” is a good description (better than left liberal) because my distrust of free markets is that I think they simply allow some actors (big money) to have the power to deny liberty and stack the game in their favor. Thus government must intervene to try to promote equal opportunity (not ever achieving it) and check that kind of abuse of power. It’s always a balancing act, since government power is inherently dangerous too. I understand the faith free market libertarians have in an unregulated market, but from what I’ve seen that’s based more on theory than history. Economic theory is full of assumptions and simplifications; I just don’t think a mostly unregulated market would work.

    Scott Erb

    October 4, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    • Scott, big money cannot stack the deck unless big government cooperates. Are you going to contend that the so-called liberals in the U. S. Congress don’t have rich supporters and lobbyists that they cater to? At least with Republicans you know that they are looking after business, because they are honest about it.

      That is another reason I can no longer be a Republican. I do not believe in corporate welfare.

      I respect your view that free markets can lead to problems. I hope to write about that idea here soon.

      What I will say is that I have read studies for laypeople on economics, and what I notice is the difference during times when there is more economic freedom and when there is less. I also notice that over and over again people blame blunders by big government on the “free market.” The stock market crash, the rise of monopolies, etc., were fostered in one way or another by government policy.

      For me, what it boils down to is risk. Libertarians are willing to risk peronal economic failure for the chance to make it big in a growing economy. Statists are willing to risk losing their freedom in order to guarantee that their physical needs are met.

      renaissanceguy

      October 5, 2009 at 7:00 am

      • In places with weak or no government you tend to get organized crime running the show, so I think it’s less that big money needs government, more that it finds governments useful. The key is to try to hold government accountable and transparent.

        One can always build interpretations of crises to blame either government or the market, depending on the assumptions one makes and how one interprets data. Probably both share blame. The time of greatest economic freedom in the industrialized world (no or few government regulations)was “libertarian” Great Britain, with sweat shops worse than what we now find in the third world. Government intervention helped end that.

        I do think the best societies are “stateless societies” which are usually small and governed by shared cultural norms and understandings. I don’t think that can work in the context of a massive industrialized state. It did work in pre-colonial Africa and America in many cases, and some medieval societies seemed to function that way.

        Scott Erb

        October 5, 2009 at 3:13 pm

  5. My PERSONAL issues Score is 60%.
    My ECONOMIC issues Score is 50%.

    No wonder I disagree with everyone!

    languagelover

    October 5, 2009 at 2:27 am

    • Funny. We need people like you around to keep the rest of us thinking.

      renaissanceguy

      October 5, 2009 at 6:49 am

  6. 100 / 100

    I like the short quiz better, for the same reasons stated by RG.

    Greg

    October 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm

  7. I think the question about resources and a right to better health care clearly means that they have the right to use their resources to purchase superior health care. I don’t think it’s asking an existential question about the right to health care. Of course, rights are what humans make them. There is no such thing as rights that exist contrary to humans constructing them based on what any group of them decides to define as a right.

    After all, if someone says “you’re only on this planet a short time, the sun will someday go nova, nothing really matters, you may as well get what you can with whatever means you can, screw other peoples’ claims about rights,” there is absolutely no way to prove that person wrong.

    Scott Erb

    October 12, 2009 at 4:10 am

  8. Scott, the issue is not “what works,” but rather what is most moral.

    Simply put, what right does the government have to tell a businessman how to run his/her business? What right does the government have to put a gun at my head and tell me I have to fund some lazy-[person’s] welfare?

    I hope you’ll read more, and learn about the morality of libertarianism.

    Eric Dondero, Publisher
    Libertarian Republican

    Eric Dondero

    October 17, 2009 at 12:53 am


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