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So how do YOU score?(9 posts)

So how do YOU score?filtersweep
Jan 20, 2004 6:05 PM
http://www.self-gov.org/quiz.html
I'm married...I don't ;-)nmrwbadley
Jan 20, 2004 6:54 PM
Centrist, 1 square left of the middle. So bite me, Steam.Cory
Jan 20, 2004 7:28 PM
You, too, Doug. And let's not have any more cr@p about commies and liberals/traitors.
Ah bite me! I was one square right of the center :O)Live Steam
Jan 20, 2004 8:35 PM
I thought it was a pretty strange quiz. Very vague questions that could be interpreted in different ways.
Oh well ...OldEdScott
Jan 21, 2004 5:31 AM
Maybe just a TOUCH off to the Left. Ahem.
It is an ill formed quiz. But I'll play.dr hoo
Jan 21, 2004 5:35 AM
First, I would say that it would seem to work better on the vertical than the horizontal. Given that it is on a libertarian website, that makes sense. Also, when people see a "political" quiz, that tends to highlight their left-right thinking. Few consider how their answers would affect a libertarian-authoritarian rating. So I would put more validity, such as there is on this, on the libertarian/authoritarian measures.

So, don't just tell people what you got left/right, also report up/down.

The quiz has problem in other ways. For example, answering all "yes" will give you a pure libertarian score, answering all "no" gives you a pure authoritarian score. These should be mixed up to elmininate possible bias.

Also, some answer changes affect BOTH dimensions, moving both left-right or up-down. It would be better if a single question measured a single dimension. But that would take 2x as many questions.

Ok, answering in my "philosophical, if could redesign government from the bottom any way I wanted" mode, I am pure libertarian.

Answering in my "pragmatic the world is a complex place where only small changes are going to happen" mode, AND using "maybe" to mean "some" or "sometimes" or "partially", I score on the left/centrist line, half a square (or one node) up towards libertarian. When I force either a Y/N answer, then I go 1/2 square/1 node left, 1 square/2 nodes up.

I really am the worst kind of person to take one of these, since I can't help but see the intent and effect of the questions and answers. Occupational hazard.
agreeDuane Gran
Jan 21, 2004 8:42 AM
I am sympathetic to the Libertarian belief. I find it odd that they garner only 1% in the election, but we are to believe that 34% of respondents to the poll are libertarians. It either means people don't vote their conscience or their poll is flawed. I'll wager that there is a bit of both going on.
Left/Centrist. Libertarian on the up/down. Peace Love and Organization! is my true party. nm128
Jan 21, 2004 6:45 AM
Centrist, but there are many flaws here.53T
Jan 21, 2004 7:49 AM
I scored in the upper left corner of the centrist box. As a point of calibration, I am a free-market, non-religious, libertarian. I vote republican exclusively.

The question that struck me as the most flawed was about government (federal?) regulation of TV, radio, press and internet. The very question shows a lack of understanding of the role of federal regulation of the media. I do not support federal or state regulation of the press (big shock there) but I do understand the regulation of limited public resources such as broadcast radio and TV. How do I answer the question? Would anybody even care?

As with most political toys, and too many political discussions, this one recognizes no difference between the role of the states and the role of the feds. Sometimes I think that just mentioning the difference makes me a right-wing radical.