I’ve shared a number of online tests that allow users to see where they fit on the political spectrum.
- The Definitive Political Orientation test.
- The Circle test.
- The Libertarian Purity test.
- The 8 Values test.
But if you don’t like taking quizzes, you can simply scan this list of issues and see where libertarians fit between conservatives and liberals.
Heck, even Playboy has something similar that allows readers (as opposed to lookers, if you know what I mean) to see where they belong.
But the quickest test is from the Advocates of Self Government. It involves 10 very simple questions and it can be finished in one minute.
And it turns out that I’m a libertarian (gee, what a surprise).
If you take this quiz and you’re also a libertarian, congratulations.
That means you’re a decent person.
It also makes your life very simple. Here’s a list that shows why it’s so easy to be a libertarian. You basically decide that you’re not going to tell other people what sort of decisions they’re allowed to make. I guess you could call it a “mind your own business” or a “live and let live” approach to life. I call it basic politeness.
By the way, none of this implies you have to like the decisions of other people. Libertarianism is about tolerance, not approval.
The bottom line is that libertarians want people to be free to make their own choices so long as they’re not infringing on the rights of others (which is why “Don’t like murder? Don’t commit one” doesn’t belong on the above list).
Now that I’ve explained why it’s easy to be libertarian, now let’s look at why it can make your life difficult.
To make matters worse, it’s very difficult to ignore the bad policies of government. It’s not like you can simply choose not to pay tax.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a hardcore anarcho-capitalist, classical liberal, small-government conservative, or run-of-the-mill libertarian, you’ll be coerced into something you don’t like thanks to big government.