About The Quiz
The ORIGINAL and Acclaimed Internet 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 new 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.
The Quiz originally appeared in card form and is still available in that form today. Millions of Quiz cards have been sold. The Quiz was the first political Quiz on the Internet (to our knowledge) and has been taken online millions of times.
Today’s Quiz is the result of thousands of hours of work building on these key insights by Nolan and Fritz. The Quiz is renowned for its accuracy, insights, and ease of use. It has been taken tens of millions of times, reprinted in newspapers, used in classrooms, and recommended by leading high school and college textbooks.
Challenging the Simplistic “Left versus Right” Model of Politics
The Quiz challenges the dominant “Left versus Right” political model. The Left versus Right model tries to categorize virtually all political opinion 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 or conservative, left or right. In effect, it disenfranchises the tens of millions of Americans who don’t feel that “left,” “right,” “liberal,” “conservative,” etc. accurately describe their views.
Thomas Jefferson, for example, wouldn’t fit comfortably on either left or right. Neither would Jesse Ventura or Ron Paul. America’s real political spectrum is more complex than the simplistic left versus right model allows.
Nor does the Left versus Right model give any useful insight into the differences between the various political categories. It doesn’t tell us what the important differences are between liberals, conservatives, libertarians, independents, statists, and so on. In fact, it tells us nothing of the views of these and other groups.
The Theory Behind the Quiz Model
The Quiz model is far more inclusive and accurate. It is based on the idea that virtually all political issues can be divided into two broad 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 promoted by the Quiz is that the major difference between the various political philosophies, the real defining element in what a person believes politically, 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 liberty!
A Breakthrough Concept
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 — next to each other, instead of at opposite ends of a single line, as the inaccurate Left versus 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, unlike the one-dimensional Left versus Right line.
The Quiz’s accuracy, inclusiveness, speed and sense of fun have led millions to greater understand their own political views and those of others. Today, the Quiz model of a multi-spectrum political map is rapidly replacing the old, inaccurate and exclusionary Left versus Right model.