Saturday, October 10, 2009

My Libertarian Score

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

Am I the only one who thinks a "purity" test is a little creepy? If you click through, You'll find a lot of the reason I don't consider myself a big-L Libertarian (abolishing the military, etc). Still, it made me think.

Hat tip: TJIC.


Paladin said...

Heh... I scored a 35, as well. The term "purity test" itself is a little creepy. Brings to mind white sheets and wedding nights.

The test does highlight, however, the problem with all or nothing belief systems and strict adherence to a particular dogma.

#18, for instance. The one size fits all rule implies that if licensing a plumber is bad, then licensing a doctor is bad too. In actual practice, though, if I get a bad plumber I'm out some cash and I learn not to use that plumber again.

If I get a quack doctor, I'm dead.

Hard liners, over whatever political leanings, tend to not see apples and oranges. They just see apples.

Tangalor said...


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?


Funny... didn't know I was a libertarian at all, let alone a hard-core one.

Oh well, it's nice to be labeled something other than a nutjob, for once.

ASM826 said...

As honestly as possible, I took the quiz. Got a 90. I consider myself a small "L" libertarian.

And yes, purity test are creepy, when they are applied to known individuals by the .gov, however, as a internet quiz without repercussions, they are pretty harmless.

"Zack" said...

Scored a 41.

BobG said...

A 53 from me, but I thought a lot of the questions were worded badly.

TJIC said...

The "purity" in the name is a reference to a silly game that kids (i.e. college students) play. It's a "purity" test, where you start with 100 points and lose points for each thing you've done (sex, sex with two women, drunk, sex while drunk, etc., etc., etc.). The goal, of course, is not actually to score as pure, but to score as world-weary and jaded.

From the initial "purity test", many other such tests have arisen, and kept the name.

It's not intended as a reference to ideological purity, but as a joking reference to a stupid goofy test.

There's less self-seriousness there than you might think!

Borepatch said...

TJIC, more than a few of the questions clearly had tongue firmly planted in cheek.