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October 16, 2006


Interesting comment.

Personally, I want to see one party in the WH and the other with a majority in Congress...I don't care who has which.

Just saw your challenge to Texas Toast, I'll play

My Score

Economic Left/Right: -0.63
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.38

Although I have my doubts about some of the questions (is thinking astrology's bunk really a left/right, authoritarian/libertarin issue?), the results are reasonably close to how I see myself. However, I'd say I'm more economically conservative than liberal. I think the questions were somewhat biased in that regard. I'm sure by agreeing that corporations should be regulated to prevent monopolies, I up'ed my "liberal" score, even though I have Adam Smith on my side.

Left/Right -0.38
Libertarian/Authoritarian -2.51

I think the economic liberal/conservative dimension is actually two dimensions: (free enterprise/controlled economy) and (anti-social program/pro-social program). I would be be very far to the "free enterprise" side on the first scale, but near the middle on the second scale.

One more comment on this. I don't believe one can be both liberarian and liberal in the sense of favoring a controlled economy. The quiz's website argues otherwise, saying, "on the extreme bottom left is voluntary collectivism at regional level, with no state involved." But I don't see how people agreeing to share whatever resources they want to share is on the opposite side of free enterprise. In fact, a major aspect of the free market system is allowing people to join together economically, whether it be to form a corporation or a collective farm. Only state imposed economic control is opposite from free enterprise, and that, it seems to me, is the antithesis of libertarianism.

JOM reader:
Economic Left/Right: -0.63
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.33

I asked former Presidential candidate Paul Tsongas, since he was out of the race, what was a social liberal, fiscal conservative to do? "Despair!"

From JOM...

Economic Left/Right: 3.13
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.51

Why not put together a JOM map. There is quite a bit of diversity.

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