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The ORIGINAL and Acclaimed Internet Political Quiz!

About the Quiz
The World’s Smallest Political Quiz

The world-famous World’s Smallest Political Quiz is a fast, fun and accurate assessment of a person’s overall political views. The Quiz is composed of two parts: a political map that is far more accurate than the old “Left versus Right” line, and ten questions on specific political issues to help a Quiz taker find his place on that new political map.

The Quiz political map is based on the “Nolan Chart” created in 1970 by David F. Nolan. In 1987 Advocates Founder Marshall Fritz created the World’s Smallest Political Quiz by adding ten questions to Nolan’s Chart, along with other refinements.

 

Challenging the Simplistic “Left versus Right” Model of Politics

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Founder Marshall Fritz with one of the first quizzes

The Quiz challenges the dominant “Left versus Right” political model. The Left versus Right model tries to categorize virtually all political opinions into either left and right. This model — still widely used today — is misleading and fatally flawed. It has no place for many millions of people who don’t fit neatly into some variant of liberal (progressive) or conservative, left or right. In effect, it disenfranchises the tens of millions of Americans who don’t think “left” or “right,” “liberal/progressive” or “conservative,” accurately describe their views.

Thomas Jefferson, for example, wouldn’t fit comfortably on either left or right. Neither would Bernie Sanders, AOC, or Ron Paul, or even Donald Trump or Joe Biden. America’s real political spectrum is much more complicated. And we challenge viewers to appreciate that diversity.

The Left versus Right model doesn’t give any useful insight into the differences between the various political categories. It doesn’t tell us what the important differences are between liberal-progressives, conservatives, moderates, libertarians, and authoritarians.

The Theory Behind the Quiz Model

The Quiz model is far more inclusive and accurate, despite only including two dimensions. It is based on the idea that the majority of political issues can be divided broadly into two categories: Economic and Personal.

The Personal category includes what you do in relationships, in self-expression, and in general what you do with your own body and mind. Examples of personal activities: marriage; choosing what books you read and movies you watch; what foods, medicines, and drugs you choose to consume; sports; your religious choices; organizations you join; who you choose to associate with.

The Economic category includes what you do as a producer and consumer — what you can buy, sell, produce. Where you work, who you hire, what you do with your money. Examples of economic activity: starting a business; buying a home; constructing a building; purchasing groceries; working in an office.

Since most government activity occurs in these two major areas, political positions can be defined and compared by determining how much government control a person favors in these two areas.

The central insight of the political model the Quiz promotes is that the major difference between the various political philosophies, the real defining element in what a person believes, is the amount of government control over human action in both the personal and economic spheres.

In other words, there’s not just a left-right axis, but an up-down one — down toward authoritarianism and up toward human freedom.  The up-down axis can be thought of as voluntarism (voluntary persuasion) vs. coercion (political enforcement).

A Breakthrough Concept

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The World’s Smallest Political Quiz model is a breakthrough concept that instantly gives far more insight into politics. The Quiz chart more accurately places totalitarian or interventionist philosophies — fascism, communism, and so on — close to each other, instead of at opposite ends of a single line, as the outdated and inaccurate Left vs. Right model does.

The Quiz map is far more inclusive, with room for libertarians and others; indeed, virtually every political philosophy can be put onto that chart.

Take the Quiz now and see where YOU fit on the new political map!

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