Are You A Liberal

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Are You A Liberal

Find out whether or not you are a liberal, that is someone of the center-left persuasion. According to polling results more Americans actually hold liberal views than identify as such, are you among them?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Should the growing inequality between the top 1% and the rest of society be addressed through government redistribution?
    • A. 

      Yes. Taxes on capital gains and the rich need to be increased in order to redistribute income.

    • B. 

      Not really. Progressive taxation is not the answer we need a falt tax.

    • C. 

      No. The market always fairly deicdes what people are worth. The rich deserve their wealth and progressive taxation is merely "class envy."

  • 2. 
    What should be done regarding the Bush tax cuts?
    • A. 

      They spur economic growth and should be expanded.

    • B. 

      They redistribute income from the middle and working class to the rich, do not spur growth, waste resources and, therefore, ought to be repealed.

  • 3. 
    How should marriage be defined?
    • A. 

      Between two consenting adults.

    • B. 

      Between a man and a woman.

    • C. 

      Government should not regulate marriage contracts.

  • 4. 
    Who should face most risk in society?
    • A. 

      Individuals; facing risk will themselves will keep them responsible. For example, a market based health care system keeps individuals from using excessive care.

    • B. 

      Institutions and the government should shoulder most risk, reducing the risk faced by individuals. People should never have to worry about their basic needs being met.

  • 5. 
    When is a person free?
    • A. 

      When his or her basic needs are met and he or she feels secure.

    • B. 

      When he or she is left alone by the government and not told what to do.

  • 6. 
    Is nationalism out-dated?
    • A. 

      Yes, all of humankind forms one single ethical and moral community. Ideally, there would be a world government.

    • B. 

      No, we need to restore our national sovereignty.

  • 7. 
    What constitutes a rational and just immigration policy?
    • A. 

      Letting all peaceful immigrants enter. They are essential to our economy, enhance our multi-cultural society, and have a right to move about the planet freely, unless it is proven to cause harm.

    • B. 

      Restrict immigration, as immigrants exploit the well-fare state and threaten the social order.

  • 8. 
    How should people be rewarded?
    • A. 

      "Each from his ability, according to his need."

    • B. 

      Depending on one's contributions to society.

    • C. 

      According to the free market.

  • 9. 
    Is the harm principle is a good guide for public policy?
    • A. 

      Yes, unless you can prove a person's actions cause harm, you should not infringe upon individual liberty.

    • B. 

      No, the social order is too fragile.

  • 10. 
    Does government need to ensure the provision of basic human rights.
    • A. 

      Yes, police, health care and education must be guranteed by the government and made available to each individual regardless of their status in society.

    • B. 

      No, the free market will provide basic human rights much better than the government ever could.

  • 11. 
    How should global warming be addressed?
    • A. 

      Before any action is to be taken, more research is needed as there is still no evidence of human-caused global warming.

    • B. 

      Discourage pollution while subsidising environmentally friendly technologies.

  • 12. 
    What is the best approach to curbing crime?
    • A. 

      Longer prison sentences, restricting immigration and strictier punishment of minor infractions.

    • B. 

      Poverty reduction, investment in social services and urban redevelopment are key to lowering crime.

    • C. 

      Both of the above.

  • 13. 
    Why are most economists liberals?
    • A. 

      Becuase the objective evaluation of empirical evidence regarding the economy happens to support liberal viewpoints.

    • B. 

      Becuase without government intervention in the economy there would be less demand for economists.

  • 14. 
    What constitutes a rational and just drug policy?
    • A. 

      Legalize all drugs, they should be available to anyone who wished to consume them.

    • B. 

      Stricter enforcement of current laws, continuing military involvement in drug-producing countries.

    • C. 

      Assign "soft drugs" the same status as tabacco and alcohol. Discourage excessive consumption through taxation and education.

  • 15. 
    How does the U.S. compare to other developed countries?
    • A. 

      Save for a few countries, quality of life in the U.S. is considerably higher, proving that the well-fare states of Eestern Europe are coutner-productive to perpetuating the common good.

    • B. 

      While the U.S. has a higher standard of living than most developed countries it is also home to more poverty, higher inequality and more economic insecurity; problems that could be resolved through a better social saftey net.