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Friday, April 07, 2006

Progressive Neo-Liberal

Kevin at Indie Castle alerts us to a unique political quiz, the Moral Politics Test.

The test asked a bunch of questions that I do not believe have anything to do with politics. It thus shouldn't be a surprise that I scored as a progressive neoliberal:
Neoliberalism is a political philosophy and a political-economic movement beginning in the 1970s that de-emphasizes or rejects government intervention in the economy, focusing instead on achieving progress and even social justice by more free-market methods, especially an emphasis on economic growth, as measured by changes in real gross domestic product.

Progressive Neoliberalism is Neoliberalism associated with non-conforming moral values.

I don't agree with this, which I think is a problem with the questions. My "moral values" really are quite remote from my political values, because my focus politically isn't what people ought to do or think, but rather, how to minimize the damage inflicted by the State.

That said, the political map they've created is quite interesting. Note that libertarians, of both capitalist and socialist varieties, are on the far left. So in that sense this quiz gets it right.

I'm still waiting for a quiz that takes into account not just economic and moral issues, but also foreign policy and centralization of authority. That would provide a more complete picture of anyone's ideology.


  1. Interesting...

    I gave it a whirl. Put me on the line between "Progressive NeoLiberalism" & "Capital Democratism", next to the vertical line. Hell if I know what that's supposed to mean.

  2. I've taken a number of these quizzes, both political and religious, and most of them reveal more about the limitations of the author's thinking than of my views. Many questions are vague or presumptious, or simply narrow enough to be the wrong question to begin with.

  3. I agree exactly about the "minimize damage" thing. Of course, the way I believe to best do this, is for the government to do as little as possible.