RE: Libertarian Purity Test

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Thu Aug 09 2001 - 21:11:17 MDT

Mike Linksvayer advertized the "Libertarian Purity Test" at

I scored 80 out of a possible 160, and so, since:

31-50 points: Your libertarian credentials are obvious.
Doubtlessly you will become more extreme as time goes on.

51-90 points: You are a medium-core libertarian, probably
self-consciously so.

91-130 points: You have entered the heady realm of
hard-core libertarianism.

so that makes me a medium core libertarian; exactly what
I would have guessed.


> It's longer, and I like it for the same reasons the author does:
> I like it a lot better than the more famous "World's Shortest
> Political Quiz" because I haven't stated the questions with any
> intent to give an upward bias to a test-taker's score, and because
> it gives a clearer breakdown between hard and soft-core libertarians.
> I scored 126 on a scale of 0-160 "You have entered the heady realm
> of hard-core libertarianism", though I suppressed my score somewhat
> by answering "no" to any question I might possibly have doubts
> about ("maybe" is not an available option).
> When I first encounted the test a few months ago I didn't default
> to "no" and scored 160, which is unfortunate, as I'm much less
> hard-core now than I was ~10 years ago. The test really needs a
> maybe option.

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