Have you ever wondered whether you are a liberal, conservative, libertarian, or statist/populist? Or are you a true centrist? Thereâ€™s a quick, painless way to find out â€“ just take the Worldâ€™s Smallest Political Quiz.
If you have ever been confused about the labels that are bandied about by pundits, politicians and party hacks, this will help you clarify the issue. Of course, there can be differences in definitions, but you will quickly get the idea.
The Nolan Chart.
This quiz is based on an idea of David Nolan, one of the founders of the Libertarian Party. Nolan realized that simply trying to divide everyone between â€œrightâ€ or â€œleftâ€ missed some important differences. Nolan devised a chart with the x-axis representing economic control, and the y-axis representing moral control.
Think about it for a minute. If you favor government exercising high economic control (such as high taxes and trade controls) and low moral control (such as control of pornography and abortion), you are a liberal, or to the left of center.
If you prefer low economic control and high moral control, you are a conservative, or to the right of center. If you prefer high control in both areas, you are a statist/populist. But what if you prefer low control in both areas? You, my friend, are a libertarian.
Still confused? Read more about David Nolan. And do take the Quiz. You may be surprised to find your own particular brand of government to be something different from what you supposed. Whatever you find, you will discover a more precise and enlightening way to think about politics.