Political Testing

I'd invite everyone to take this test and post your results for all to see. Unless, of course, you want your real political leanings to stay secret.

There are a lot of things I keep secret, but I'm proud of my political base:

Economic Left/Right: -5.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.77

So I'm stronger towards libertarian politics than I am the economic left. I'm just as left as Ghandi and more libertarian than any of today's major politicians.

And I'm proud of it.

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As I Expected, I'm Near The Middle

Economic Left/Right: 1.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.79

"When all else fails, revel in the absurdity of it all"

More liberal than:

Hillary or Edwards.

Not surprising that you're in the middle. I think it's great

Very interesting!

Economic Left/Right: -6.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.46

Results

Economic Left/Right: -1.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.62

Center-left with strong libertarian tendencies. Ayup. Pretty accurate.

libertarian

This is making me wonder if the term "libertarian" has been hijacked by those that follow the "drown government in the bathtub" mentality that really has very little to do with libertarianism.

Because it sure seems that those that claim they are libertarian (Clayton Cramer) really don't seem to mind the withdrawal of civil liberties like privacy. Thats not libertarian, thats just bad.

On Libertarianism

Well, simply being pro-gun doesn't make one a libertarian. But then again, very few people really have any idea what's going on with all these political labels, anyway.

The term "libertarian" can apply to relatively moderate people such as myself (who were called "classical liberals" in more enlightened times) to the hard-core anarcho-capitalist and Objectivist followers of Murray Rothbard, Ayn Rand and others. The latter versions of libertarians tend to be overly theoretical at best to knuckle-dragging troglodytes at worst in my humble opinion. The Libertarian Party of Idaho is probably the best local example of those who tend to take it too far.

As for the likes of Clayton Cramer, Adam Graham and others, they may be libertarian in the sense they reject economic big government, but when it comes to moral big government, they're as big brother statist as they come. Butch Otter may have had legitimate libertarian credentials at one time, but I'd say he abandoned them quite awhile ago. They may be sincere, but they ain't libertarian.

Taking it back

So then the question would be if it is worth it to reclaim the libertarian label for the greater good or whether to create a new label to be used by those that want a simple one word definition of their political leaning.

As well, I agree that Adam, Clayton and quite a few others that claim libertarian leanings are actually much more authoritarian. Especially those that believe that abortion and gay marriage require laws against them.

Depends

Many "big L" Libertarians claim the Republicans tend to be moral authoritarians while the Democrats tend to be economic authoritarians. It's a somewhat valid criticism. There are libertarian factions in both parties (the Republican Liberty Caucus and the much smaller Democratic Freedom Caucus, which I belong to), but both have been overshadowed by other factions in recent times.

However, this may be changing. The entrepreneurial laissez-faire Republican has been severely marginalized by the Religious Right, indeed to the point where Democrats could take them into their fold (which would have been unthinkable even during the Reagan years).

Meanwhile in Idaho, a responsible hands-off approach has always been popular. The greatest fault of Republicans on the state level in Idaho is not necessarily ideology, but that they're plain sloppy and incompetent. The way they bungled the sales and property tax issues over the last year is a prime example. People need to be constantly reminded of that, and provided with legitimate alternatives.

Truly successful Idaho Democrats are not and never have been Ted Kennedy clones (even Frank Church was solidly pro-gun). I think a lot of people have forgotten that.

HA!

I am crazy lefty/social libertarian!!

Your political compass
Economic Left/Right: -7.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.82