The World’s Smallest Political Quiz gauges the strengths of one’s beliefs in individual freedoms, however the purported categories benefit from contextual interpretation.
Dr. Kelly L. Ross offers educational commentary on the Smallest Political Quiz at Friesian.com with personalities, cases, analyses, and comparisons. His article provides refreshing insight without being lost in scholarly minutia. On the contrary, Ross invites readers to explore his menagerie of writings in philosophy and history.
Typically personality-politics research utilize studies to show how our traits align us Left or Right. But more than traits are our motivations and values. Dr. Gian Vittorio Caprara believes that individual basic values may trump professed political ideology. We are inclined to support leaders whose values and priorities resonate with our own.
Caprara’s studies indicate that those who value ideals such as benevolence, universalism, and self-direction will lean Left; while those valuing security, conformity, and power will vote Right. Openness to change typifies liberalism; while self-enhancement falls in the conservative domain of the ten basic personal values.
Thus, however open we believe ourselves to be, if we are obsessed with power and security, we will vote for right-center coalitions or leaders. In fact the today’s emphasis on achievement and conformity has a lot to do with the Wall Street Democrats.
Rather than dwell on surveys and statistics, Ross takes his readers on a VIP tour, placing figures all over the World’s Smallest Political Quiz map as points of reference. This is useful and entertaining from a trivia pursuit and Who’s Who perspective.
Once one begins to play this game, the quiz becomes interesting and credible. After the invisible chair soliloquy, one can place a guy like Clint Eastwood in the Libertarian sector. If the government shut down entirely, and all the corporations relocated their headquarters to Europe, the Hollywood stars could still afford to do without.
On the other hand, for all the criticism that President Obama endures, he probably is a Centrist leaning towards the right more than anything else. Undoubtedly Centrist Presidents are useful, even if his supporters hoped he would play the upper hand on many domestic economy campaign promises, such as reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act to limit investment securities speculation–and future housing market crashes.
Dr. Ross, the nephew of R.L. “Les” Kelley, founder of Kelley Blue Book, has incidentally campaigned as a Libertarian Party candidate multiple times in California. Ross has pronounced views at times, but the reader’s edification remains foremost.
For instance, he uses the Venn diagram to illustrate the 9th or 10th amendments of the Bill of Rights on the Nolan Chart. The left circle is for liberals and libertarians who love the 9th for assigning power to the Federal government and the People. The right circle is for conservatives and libertarians who love the 10th which reserves power to the States and the People. In the intersection are Centrists, but at the top of the diamond are the Libertarians, the only group to wildly cheer both the 9th and 10th amendments.
This is worth thinking through if only because without a third or fourth dimension, it’s impossible to gauge how closely Libertarians agree among themselves which issues they give the thumbs up for the 9th or the 10th. Another unmentioned consideration is whether limitless free markets lets loose the tigers of tyranny in corporate form.
Many Republicans object to Common Core Curricula standards and government programs designed to equalize and nationalize education programs; they believe states ought to have more choice in local implementation of charter schools. But this preference for States doesn’t apply in energy-related developments: here expedited permitting used by federal agencies through mechanisms such as granting waivers, exceptions, categorical exclusions, and fast-track permitting are the very model!
That would translate into a thumbs up for the 9th in education, and a thumbs up for the 10th with regard to fast-tracking energy development or poisoning the well.
The Libertarians don’t seem to have a view when it comes to issues such as corporate personhood or limitless corporate campaign donations. Money is free speech, even if the speech is from an artificial entity profiting from the demise of national labor unions, dignified pay, career ladders, retirement pensions, or paid vacations.
To his credit, Ross brings up a colorful menagerie of pet Libertarian causes comparing positive versus negative freedom which is the Statist or “Authoritarian Populist” corner at the bottom. According to David Nolan, one of the founders of the Libertarian Party and developer of the Quiz, Statists belong at the bottom because they don’t believe much in either personal or economic freedom. Rather, they believe in totalitarianism or State control over all facets of their lives.
Ross contrasts Hitler and Stalin at the bottom with Thomas Jefferson at the top as a Libertarian. However, this is debatable: Jefferson was a firm believer in State rights, where in his day the States granted and controlled charter corporations. Corporations were granted special privileges only to ensure they could compete; the Constitution founders explicitly warned that these artificial entities had to be carefully regulated. There is no question that today Jefferson would be against the Citizens United ruling and corporate personhood, and this would place him left of center among the Liberals.
In other matters, Friesian.com satisfactorily exposes how certain scores in transform Left hardliners such as Gloria Steinem or Al Sharpton into unquestioning authoritarians: they see no conflicts of interest or crimes being committed by their beloved leaders, but on the contrary expect everyone else to fall in line. This also bring us back to how our primary personal values holds sway over our sense of ethos.
The most interesting part of the Friesian.com “Quiz” article is its hypothesis of a third dimension or z-axis for the Nolan Chart, called “political liberty.” There’s even provides a quiz for indicating your favorite style of government. The z-axis explains why some conservatives are gun-toting anarchists, while others support capitalism or market oligarchy; it also explains why some liberals are nihilists while others cheer for our democratic republic.
At the end, it all seems to come down to neither brains, beliefs, upbringing, nor social affiliation, but your thoughts and obsessions, and what you allow to control you personally. Readers are encouraged to read closely, challenge their assumptions, and explore and find out more about the wizard hiding behind the curtain.
Read the unabridged article at Asian-American Forum, Spring/Summer 2015.
This is Part 2 of a Politics and Personality series, for Part 1, visit http://atombash.com/article/does-ron-paul-fit-inside-the-world-s-smallest-political-quiz