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My friend Steven drew my attention to this political test you should take.

This two-axis model -- one for "left" to "right," one for authoritarian to libertarian -- is one I was first exposed to while eating delicious Bockwurst after delicious Bockwurst at Top Dog, a Berkeley institution since 1966. From the beginning, Top Dog has been papered with articles, charts, and comics intended to promote a libertarian point of view. At one point, it must have seemed really conservative by Berkeley standards. Now I'm not so sure.

Anyway, here is an analysis of the chart the test produces, with important personages neatly graphed. (Do you suppose they all took the test, even the dead ones?)

And here are my results and Steven's results.

That means that I'm a little more of a "communist" than Steven is, but he's quite a bit more "libertarian" than I am. But we're both in the same quadrant, as is only fitting for comrades like us.

Good to know that we're closest to Nelson Mandela and the Dali Lama.

BTW, in Dungeons and Dragons our scores would place us squarely in the category of "Chaotic Good" characters. . . presuming of course, that the Right is bad, as we must presume, being on the Left.

Now if I could only scare up a Bockwurst with that Beaver spicy Russian mustard right now. . .

Mode: tapering
Muse: silence

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masoo From: masoo Date: November 3rd, 2003 11:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, the quiz seems to accurately place me in regards to authority ... my score was the most extremely libertarian of any I've seen thus far, including the famous people they charted. And it's true, I don't like corporate authority, don't like religious authority (organized or other), and think the government should let me take drugs and write whatever I want on my blog.

But I'd say this distorts my political position, since I am in favor of a strong, activist government that redistributes wealth in an equitable fashion, provides social services, and destroys Clear Channel. This quiz notwithstanding, I would never identify myself as a libertarian. There should be a way for this quiz to separate the free-market libertarians from people like me. Maybe that's why Milton Friedman is a right-libertarian and Steven Rubio is a left-libertarian?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 3rd, 2003 12:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes, the questions are really skewed. It'a almost liking taking one of those endless tests the Scientologists hand out. But it's still an interesting exercise, as much for what it conceals and what it reveals.
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