Take the World’s Smallest Political Quiz and see where you are on the right, left, libertarian, statist spectrum.
This quiz may seem too simplistic to you, and full of libertarian-specific questions. Know that it is only a rough approximation of political leanings, nothing more. Libertarians may even disagree on some of the questions. Some of these questions are broad, and some are very narrow, but the narrow questions may be indicative tests of one’s broader beliefs. And, you may complain that some of the questions are phrased in a leading way, not being objective. Even though most of the questions are straight forward, it’s true that the corporate welfare question carries a very negative connotation. But, at the same time, it seems accurate. Maybe something has a negative connotation for a rational reason. It is what it is.
If an unsuspecting quiz taker finds himself answering that he does not agree with corporate welfare (and the quiz suggests to him that he therefore leans libertarian), but then later someone confronts him with the fact that he whole-heartedly supports subsidies to the farm industry or alternative energy industry, he might blame the quiz for misleading him because he didn’t consider those subsidies to be corporate welfare. But, I think that the real problem is that he did not know himself as much as he thought he knew himself. He thought that he disliked corporate welfare, but indeed he likes it.
Maybe the purpose of the quiz is much more than just a gauge of where you stand. In fact, for most people, this first purpose is just a mask. In reality, it is an opportunity to provoke you to think about what you really believe, and for you to evaluate your consistency. A common observation among us libertarians is that most people think and say that they believe in this or that, but actually their many inconsistencies demonstrate that they do not. The quiz can be useful in the following ways for our example person: 1. he can realize that he actually favors gov. handouts to business and he can own up to it and stop acting like he’s against it, and retake the quiz, but this time answering the questions accurately, or 2. he can come to a revelation that he’s been inconsistent in his prior beliefs, and that some of his particular issue-based beliefs are against his deeper fundamental beliefs, and he can then change his particular issue-based beliefs and put them in line with his deeper beliefs, creating consistency and moral harmony.