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A while back, I wrote post called How to Connect with Other Christian Libertarians. Unfortunately, some of that information is now out of date, and I really should just write a new post highlighting the best means I have found for connecting people together online.

But for the time being, there is a more pressing matter to which we must attend. For some time, the old Christian Libertarian Facebook Group has been without an admin due to the previous admin deleting his Facebook account without adding another admin to the group. Without an admin, this group was incapable of being upgraded to the new Facebook Groups format, and is now scheduled to be archived. I believe this means the data will still be there, but nothing new can be posted.

In response, I have started a NEW Christian libertarian Facebook group, and I hope that you’ll take a moment to follow the link and join. It’s an open group and free to join (although I think you have to be “approved” upon request). Also, feel free to add your friends, family, etc.

Christian libertarianism is a growing movement, and social networking is going to be an essential part of making sure that people know each other and can keep in contact. The previous Facebook group had over 900 members in it, and I hope we can more than double that number the next year. Please join the new group and spread the word!

UPDATE: To think, I would speak of Facebook and not remind people to “like” the Fan Page! Shame on me!

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If you Facebook an LCC writer…

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… then please tell us who you are! I’ve been getting a lot of friend requests on Facebook recently and sometimes I have no idea who the person is. I love to connect with readers on Facebook, but sometimes it’s tricky to figure out who’s who.

So please, if you want to friend me, do me a favor and introduce yourself as an LCC reader! Much appreciated. Oh, and don’t forget to “like” the LCC fan page. That’s a good thing to do too…

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Christian Libertarian Tweets

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image If you are a Twitter user, then you might be interested to know that I recently created a Christian Libertarian Twitter Group that anyone can follow. As of April 7, 2010, it has 26 people listed and 7 followers but I would very much like to see it grow – especially with LCC readers!

So, if you’re on Twitter (or you have been thinking about joining) then let me know in the comments and I would be happy to follow you and add you to the list. I’m pretty sure that there must be more than a few LCC readers in my 500+ followers that ought to be included.

Twitter really is a lot of fun to dip in and out of to converse with people, spread information, and see what news is catching people’s attention. I very much enjoy it.

Oh, and don’t forget to follow me while you’re at it! :-)

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How Libertarian Are You?

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My friend Wes at The Humble Libertarian put together a neat list of quizzes that you can take on the internet to gauge where you fall in the political spectrum. He wrote a second post with his results for each quiz, and I thought it would be fun to do the same. A few of these I have taken before, but why not do it again?

1. The World’s Smallest Political Quiz
(take this quiz here)
My result:

The WSPQ is a great way to reach out to non-libertarians because of it clear, non-controversial language. It’s a great tool for general libertarian ideas. Wes also points out that the Advocates for Self-Government (who sponsor this quiz) defines a libertarian as those who “support maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters. They advocate a much smaller government; one that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence. Libertarians tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose government bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate diverse lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties.”

2. Nolan Chart Survey
(take this quiz here)

This quiz was created by David Nolan, one of the original founders of the Libertarian Party. It’s pretty similar to the World’s Smallest Political Quiz, but with more elaborated language. My result:

“Your answers suggest that you are a libertarian. The yellow star shows more precisely where you fall within the libertarian region of the Nolan chart.”

3. Libertarian Purity Test
(take this quiz here)

This “purity” test was created by Bryan Caplan. It’s 64 questions long and thus no trivial feat to finish.

My result: 154 points. Here’s what that means according to Caplan…

131-159 points: You are nearly a perfect libertarian, with a tiny number of blind spots. Think about them, then take the test over again. On the other hand, if you scored this high, you probably have a good libertarian objection to my suggested libertarian answer. :-)

… and actually I do have a couple of good libertarian objections. The two questions I am sure I answered with which Mr. Caplan would disagree are school voucher programs and “vigilante justice” permissibility. I sincerely believe that voucher programs are just another way for the government to subversively control education, and thus I cannot condone such programs. Regarding so-called “vigilante justice,” I think that this question is just too ambiguous for me to say yes. But hey, on another day I might change my mind… Nevertheless, this is a pretty fun quiz because it’s quite radical overall.

4. "Yet Another Libertarian Quiz"
(take this quiz here)

I did not really like this quiz, because the questions are unnecessarily vague. Incidentally, I think I ended up almost in exactly the same place as Wes. Furthermore, the writer’s utilitarian bent clearly shows through, and in some cases I think I can detect views of his which are in conflict with his own goals.

Total Inefficiency: 57%
What it means: A high inefficiency score indicates that you favor policies that make people more unhappy than they could be otherwise.
Your score breaks down as follows:
Authoritarian: 10%
What it means: A high score under authoritarian indicates that you advocate policies that inefficiently restrict the rights of individual people, placing these rights under government control instead. You believe that in many cases the government knows better than individuals what is good for them.
Anarchic: 80%
What it means: A high score under anarchic indicates that you are probably a stereotypical extremist libertarian. You believe that people ought to be inefficiently within their rights to perform certain actions, even if those actions make others worse off without compensation. You have arbitrarily selected certain behaviors as unquestionable natural rights and the impact they have
on people who disagree is of no consequence.

5. Political Ideology Quiz
(take this quiz here)

This quiz is actually pretty good overall; at the very least it will make you think about where you fall along the rating system for a particular statement with which you will choose either to agree or disagree along a spectrum. My result was pretty evenly either anarchist/libertarian. There shouldn’t be much of a difference between the two, but whatever…

You Scored as Anarchism

Who needs the State? Not you, it seems. You are an anarchist. Go forth and start the revolution of the crazy wild people. Then sit around the fire and wish there were still some doctors.

Anarchism 93%
Libertarian 83%
Republican 40%
Democrat 23%
Fascist 13%
Socialism 3%

6. "What Kind of Libertarian Are You?" Quiz
(take this quiz here)

Again, this is a pretty good quiz. My result:

You Scored as Anarcho-capitalist

Anarcho-capitalists are libertarians who oppose the state entirely and propose to have a free market in the provision of security and arbitration. The term anarcho-capitalism derives from Murray Rothbard to describe a stateless society based on the principles of laissez-faire or the philosophy in support of such a proposition. Anarcho-capitalists may tend to still associate more with the political right and make use of the political process, unless they are agorists or left-libertarians at the same time.

Anarcho-capitalist 100%
Left-libertarian 75%
Agorist 75%
Minarchist 58%
"Small L" libertarian 50%
Paleo-libertarian 33%
Geo-libertarian 8%
Neo-libertarian 0%
Libertarian socialist 0%

7. "Are You A Libertarian?" Quiz
(take this quiz here)

This isn’t a particularly serious libertarian quiz, but it’s kind of fun. My result: 94%, because I don’t think Milton Friedman is better than Mises or Rothbard.

8. Libertarian or Authoritarian Quiz
(take this quiz here)

My result: “You are a strong libertarian. You believe that the government should be much smaller and that the U.S.A. would be better that way.” Yep…

9. Political Ideology Quiz
(take this quiz here)

I really liked this quiz because of the way you could weight your score based on how much you actually cared about the particular issue in the question. This quiz identified me as a partial-paleo/partial-left libertarian. That’s pretty much an ancap rating in my book, I guess. My result:


10. Political Philosophy Quiz
(take this quiz here)

This quiz is pretty barebones, and some of the questions are a bit vague, but hey it works alright. I think it’s funny that my position is classified as “Pacifist” when really what I am is a “non-interventionist.” My results:

The following are your scores. They are based on a gradual range of 0 to 12. For instance, a Conservative/Progressive score of 3 and 0 will both yield a result of social conservative, yet 0 would be an extreme conservative and 3 a moderate conservative

Conservative/Progressive score: 6
You are a social moderate. You think the progressive movement is overall well meaning, but sometimes it goes too far. On issues like abortion and affirmative action, you see the negatives of both extremes on the issue. You probably value religion, but at the same time you think it should still stay separate from the government

Capitalist Purist/Social Capitalist score: 2
You’re a Capitalist Purist. You believe that the market should be completely free, and that the invisible hand of the market will make sure that the people get what they want and will do it in the most efficient way possible. You believe in small government, less taxes, and more privatization.

Libertarian/Authoritarian score: 2
You are libertarian. You think that the government is making way too many unnecessary laws that are taking away our innate rights. You believe that the government’s job is primarily to protect people from harming other people, but after that they should mind their own business, and if we give the government too much power in controlling our lives, it can lead to fascism.

Pacifist/Militarist score: 0
You’re a Pacifist. You are angered that the United States thinks it should dominate the world through its military force. You think that the only time war is necessary is when we are in direct danger of being attacked. You also believe the US spends way too much of its money on defense, as we can practically cut it in half and still easily defend ourselves, and use that money to fix all our economic problems.

Overall, you would most likely fit into the category of Libertarian

Enjoy playing around with the quizzes!

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The Fall of Bureaucrash

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Less than two weeks ago I wrote about how to connect with other libertarian Christians via the Internet. One of those ways I mentioned was Bureaucrash Social, a libertarian activist social network. Unless things change very soon, I must retract this statement, because I can no longer support Bureaucrash as a principled libertarian organization. What follows is my rather ineloquent exposition on why I must now do so.

Bureaucrash was founded in 2001 by the defunct Henry Hazlitt Foundation, but has recently been supported by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a conservatarian think tank. Last week, CEI hired one Lee Doren to head Bureaucrash. As far as I know, Lee is only known for his YouTube videos where he talks politics from his particular conservative Republican bent. But his obscurity is not the issue. Rather, CEI has spurned what heretofore has been an excellent, principled group of activists in favor of a new mission: to increase the number of conservative Republicans in Bureaucrash. CEI has decided that Crasher quantity is more important than Crasher quality, so they have hired someone to do it.

The strikes against Lee Doren are plenty, you can see many in his faux-apology to the BC crowd. You’d think that any of these should make Murray Rothbard turn over in his grave and any true libertarian go ballistic. His statement is not even consistent with the Bureaucrash Manifesto.

  • He supports the FairTax Plan and the FlatTax plan. (Any reader of LCC should know that the FlatTax is not flat and the FairTax is not fair.)
  • He supports “school choice” programs. (The only school choice a true libertarian can support is disassembling the public school system.)
  • He supports the Iraq War and other wars of aggression.
  • He openly admits that he voted for Mitt Romney in the last presidential primary rather than consider the principled Ron Paul.
  • He does not consistently hold to the Non-Aggression principle, as admitted on Free Talk Live.

There is much more that could be mentioned, but ultimately this is not about Lee Doren. I’m sure he’s a decent guy, but he is no libertarian. No, this is about the clear direction in which CEI is taking Bureaucrash, epitomized in their pick of Lee Doren to lead. This move will only take Bureaucrash in an inconsistent, unprincipled, statist direction. Reaching out to people on the right or left is one thing, bringing in one of their own to change the gameplan and who does not even agree with the non-aggression principle is simply not acceptable.

Unless CEI gets their act together and fixes this – and perhaps even if they do – I suggest moving on to other social networks of principled libertarians and avoiding Bureaucrash from now on. Two potential up-and-coming networks could be Anarch.Me and There is also a Facebook Group called After Bureaucrash Action looking forward, and a Countering the Crasher in Chief group on Bureaucrash itself.

For me, I plan to get active in forging a new libertarian network of activists to replace Bureaucrash. Perhaps it is time to begin a real social networking site for libertarian Christians as well? I don’t know what the future holds, but it does not lie with CEI and Lee Doren.

R.I.P. old Bureaucrash…

Others talking about BC’s fate:

UPDATE 6/10/09 — RadGeek has a good article explaining the positive aspects of BC’s fall, check it out.

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