Big Idea #1: What do YOU Believe?

If you’re on this page, you’ve taken the World’s Smallest Political Quiz. It is a simple, 10 question quiz designed to help you narrow your political point of view. It takes issues of the day to clarify where you stand politically.

The world of politics today is clouded and confused with hundreds of opinions, issues, parties, pundits, and ideologies. To understand and navigate politics, one has to know their personal principles.

So what is a “principle”?

Merriam-Webster defines principle as follows:

  • : a moral rule or belief that helps you know what is right and wrong and that influences your actions

So ask yourself… Where do your principles develop? Where has society developed its principles?

Play this audio to see if it sparks an idea.

Many of our basic principles come from our parents. Don’t hit. Don’t steal. Don’t lie.

Libertarians believe that these basic principles of human interaction should be applied to all areas of our life, including government. Government, by its nature, is force. Individuals and groups like to use government to enforce their principles because those that disagree will face financial ruin or jail if they don’t comply. Libertarians call this simple axiom the “non-aggression principle.”

Ironically, the basics of this idea were well phrased by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service during the process of granting the Advocates for Self-Government status as a nonprofit educational organization: “Libertarianism is a philosophy. The basic premise of libertarianism is that each individual should be free to do as he or she pleases so long as he or she does not harm others. In the libertarian view, societies and governments infringe on individual liberties whenever they tax wealth, create penalties for victimless crimes, or otherwise attempt to control or regulate individual conduct which harms or benefits no one except the individual who engages in it.”

Chris Spangle is the publisher and editor of We Are Libertarians, a news site and podcast that covers national and Indiana politics from the libertarian perspective. Spangle previously worked in marketing for the Englehart Group on behalf of the Advocates for Self-Government. He also served as the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Indiana and producer of the Abdul in the Morning Show. He now works as the web director of a nationally syndicated morning show.

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