Some information in this posting updated 22 June 2015
Take the World’s Smallest Political Quiz at
Then answer the following poll by selecting your quiz result. The quiz has 5 areas on the political spectrum – Left Liberal, Right Conservative, Libertarian, Statist Big Government, and Centrist. In the poll, I’m also asking for where you placed within the Centrist square, if you scored as a Centrist, for Centrist Left, Centrist Center, or Centrist Right. It does not matter if you are above or below center within the Centrist square, just left or right of center within the Centrist square, or in the center of the Centrist square.
It is possible for a person to give answers opposite of another, and both end up in the Centrist square – one being left of center but still within the Centrist square, and the other being right of center but still within the Centrist square. So two different people can be in total disagreement with each other, but still be classified as Centrists. I average out to being a left-leaning Centrist by agreeing with the Left on 60% of the issues, and agreeing with the Right on 40% of issues.
I’m aware from a poll that the majority of readers here at The Lantern Journal – or at least those who have so far answered the poll – are Libertarians.
Libertarians support a great deal of liberty and freedom of choice in both personal and economic matters. They believe government’s only purpose is to protect people from coercion and violence. They value individual responsibility, and tolerate economic and social diversity.
Centrists favor selective government intervention and emphasize what they commonly describe as “practical solutions” to current problems. They tend to keep an open mind on political issues. Many centrists feel that government serves as a check on excessive liberty. I’m a Centrist, similar to Libertarians but not as far left as they are and not as far right as they are. Conservative on most but not all economic and government issues. Liberal on most but not all personal and social issues. People “average out” to be Centrists. There is no true third choice for most issues to define a Centrist, who basically must “Agree” or “Disagree” on each issue. “Maybe” is not an acceptable choice. “Maybe” is the usual choice of Moderates. Centrists are not Moderates. Centrists know where they stand on each issue. Many Centrists are registered as Independent voters – otherwise are Nonpartisan or Unaffiliated – not members of any political parties.
Left-Liberals, Democrats, generally embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but support central decision-making in economics. They want the government to help the disadvantaged in the name of fairness. Leftists tolerate social diversity, but work for what they might describe as “economic equality.” I’m not opposed to Liberals or Democrats.
Right-Conservatives, Republicans, and Tea Party members have at times been the majority of readers here at The Lantern Journal. They favor freedom of choice on economic issues, but want official standards in personal matters. They tend to support the free market, but frequently want the government to defend the community from what they see as threats to morality or to the traditional family structure. I’m not opposed to Conservatives or the GOP Republicans.
Statists are the real enemy of everyone else. Statists want government to have a great deal of control over individuals and society. They support centralized planning, and often doubt whether liberty and freedom of choice are practical options. At the very bottom of the chart, left-authoritarians are usually called socialists, while right-authoritarians are generally called fascists. President Obama is a Statist, not a Liberal. So is Hillary Clinton – favoring an Orwellian kind of government. For comparison, President Bill Clinton is a Liberal, not a Statist. I’m strongly opposed to Statists.
I’m looking for others like me who score as left-leaning Centrists, are registered as Independent voters, and are not members of any political party. If you score as a left-leaning Centrist, and are a US voter, then…
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