I took a political test on the internet, for fun, to see if I’m still well to the right of Genghis Khan.

Here were my results.

You are a Liberal. 4 percent of the test participators are in the same category and 44 percent are more extremist than you.

I can’t really argue much with the graph above. It’s a graph, after all. I also think it’s a relatively fair assessment of my political beliefs. Yet I would still consider myself a conservative, on the whole. I think part of the reason I scored so “liberal” is because I purposely weighted my statements for religious freedom. (The test allows you to weight five of the statements.)

I’m definitely interested to see where Kevin ranks on this scale; I would venture he’ll end up to the right of me, but a lot depends on his weighting.


4 thoughts on “At least it’s a small “l”…

  1. They call me a Manchester capitalist. 0% of test takers matched me, making me awesome.

    As for your ranking, I’m calling this 19th-century Liberal (capital-L version) as opposed to the 20th-century liberal. Remember that these are Germans who came up with the quiz, so capital-L Liberalism has a specific meaning (e.g., one of the core FDP constituencies). Their distribution of stats would put you on the center-right.

    My problem with this is, as I took the quiz, I said “I don’t know what this means” to several questions, “Maybe but…” to a few more, and “Not really, but you loaded the question in such a way that I don’t have an appropriate answer” to even more. I think they boxed me in a bit too much on my libertarianish leanings, as I had to answer “Neutral” to a lot of poorly-phrased questions upon which I otherwise would have had an opinion.

      1. I took it in English. There were a couple of questions whose difficulty was perhaps language, but I answered too many of the questions with “It depends…” or “Sometimes, but…” In those cases, boiling down a concept to a one-dimensional axis of agreement simply isn’t going to happen. A prime example of this on the first page was “The constitution of a state must relate with God.” I had to answer “neutral” to this one because there are two distinct interpretations to answering in agreement. The first is the American style: a constitution steeped in Christian (and Jewish) mores and a Liberal (capital-L form) mindset. I would consider that the best of all worlds, as you get the benefits of individual autonomy tied in to millennia of tradition, making it that much harder to destroy. I would greatly prefer that to a religious but illiberal constitution (e.g., Saudi Arabia) or an irreligious but Liberal constitution (e.g., the first French republic).

        Given this, what do I select? The question itself only gives half of the argument, so I can’t say “fully agree” because I don’t, at least not with the question as-is. Nor can I say that I agree in part, because without the other half of the argument, I don’t agree. But you’re also not going to get me to agree to an irreligious constitution as a superior choice. The simplicity of this test is also its downfall.

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