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The Many Faces of Libertarianism

In Individual Sovereignty, liberty and rights, politics on May 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm
So I just completed the quiz, “What Kind of Libertarian Are You?” at QuizFarm.com. My results were both surprising and enlightening — at least to me.
 
I scored 92 percent “left-libertarian.” According to the quiz, left-libertarians are “more associated with the anti-authoritarian left” and are “more critical of conservatism and corporatism.” Evidently, recent bailouts have put a bad taste in my mouth toward corporate welfare.
 
My second highest score was 75 percent “minarchist.” Curious as to what the term meant, I decided to do a little research.
 
Minarchy, or “minimal statism” is a political philosophy that advocates a system where government acts only to protect the life, liberty or property of an individual. Basically, it sees government as a necessary evil.
 
Minarchy comes closest to describing my political leanings. It is in contrast to anarchy, which argues against any form of a compulsory state.
 
Here are the rest of my results:
  • Anarcho-capitalist: 67%
  • Agorist 67%
  • “Small L” libertarian: 58%
  • Paleo-libertarian: 42%
  • Geo-libertarian: 42%
  • Libertarian socialist: 8%
  • Neo-libertarian 0%
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  1. You Scored as Minarchist

    Minarchists are libertarians who advocate a strictly limited government and usually a more decentralized form of it. Minarchists may vary in the degree to which they think that government should be limited, although the bare bones position is essentially nothing more than police, courts and the military. Minarchists tend to think that some minimum level of government is a necessary evil, or at least an inevitability. The contemporary libertarian movement in America is dominantly minarchist, although it has had a long history of dialogue and debate between minarchist and anarchist libertarians.

    Minarchist
    92%
    “Small L” libertarian
    75%
    Anarcho-capitalist
    58%
    Left-libertarian
    58%
    Agorist
    42%
    Paleo-libertarian
    42%
    Neo-libertarian
    25%
    Libertarian socialist
    25%
    Geo-libertarian
    17%

  2. You Scored as Paleo-libertarian

    Paleo-libertarians are influenced by and in alliance with paleoconservatives and are likely to be former paleoconservatives themselves. Paleo-libertarians are strongly associated with the “old right”. Some may tend to be social or cultural conservatives. Paleo-libertarians tend to differ with other libertarians particularly in terms of their tendency to support immigration restriction and strong border security. One of their primary targets of criticism, if not the main target of their criticism, is globalism.

    Paleo-libertarian
    83%
    Minarchist
    75%
    “Small L” libertarian
    75%
    Neo-libertarian
    67%
    Left-libertarian
    42%
    Agorist
    33%
    Anarcho-capitalist
    25%
    Geo-libertarian
    17%
    Libertarian socialist
    0%

  3. You Scored as Left-libertarian

    Left-libertarians are libertarians that are more associated with the anti-authoritarian left than other libertarians. Left-libertarians can be minarchists, but many are anarchists who are in alliance with the anarchist left. Left-libertarians are more critical of conservatism and corporatism than most libertarians. They view libertarians in a hsitorical context that is interconnected with the history of the left.

    Left-libertarian
    92%
    Minarchist
    83%
    Agorist
    67%
    “Small L” libertarian
    50%
    Anarcho-capitalist
    33%
    Neo-libertarian
    25%
    Geo-libertarian
    17%
    Paleo-libertarian
    17%
    Libertarian socialist
    0%

    I don’t believe it. Not just because of the scores, some of which were right and some of which were “not so much.” Rather, the questions themselves left several important issues out. I am actually a small l libertarian, although I have helped the party in some efforts and have frequently voted for party candidates… it is more as a protest vote than a real feeling that they were the best candidates.

    Additionally, some of the questions were worded as double negatives. “You don’t support Ron Paul” agree or disagree. Usually, when a test has a lot of these kinds of questions, it is an indication that the author is trying to skew the results.

    My minarchist and agorist scores are probably pretty accurate. The left libertarian and small l libertarian were almost opposite of my actual leanings. My anarcho-capitalist score was skewed high by the specific wording of two questions.

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