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Thursday, November 26, 2009

How Libertarian Our Candidates Are

The Advocates' 10-question quiz is a simple but low-precision way to measure how libertarian one is.  Here is a more comprehensive 20-question quiz that covers most of the LP platform:  I seriously doubt that anybody here would not land firmly in the libertarian quadrant.

Of course, quizzes like these are misleading to the extent they suggest there is always a most optimally libertarian answer to every policy question. In fact, there are significant differences on principle among the major schools of libertarianism, and indeed none of these schools is so well-defined as to specify all of the many free variables in libertarian theory.

The bottom line is this: if you can agree with the LP's Statement of Principles, and won't mislead audiences about what the LP stands for in any areas where you disagree with our platform, then you are a solidly libertarian candidate.