Take the Nolan Chart Survey – Where do you really fall in the political Universe?

Click the response below which comes closest to your own views for each of the 10 issues listed. Then click the large button at the bottom of the page. We will score your choices and show how your views appear on the Nolan Chart.

We’ve tried to make the views expressed in the answer options as comprehensive as possible. There may be some options listed that you may find hard to choose between, or perhaps you’ll find that none of the options represent your viewpoint perfectly. That’s not surprising and perfectly understandable.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to draft a 10 question survey that will accurately represent the views of over 300 million Americans (not to mention visitors from other countries!). Pick the best option you can pick, the one that most closely represents your views. While the survey is not perfect, we think you will find the results worthwhile.

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libertarian: supports the smallest possible government, supports individual liberty in all ways, prefers to only defend our borders and not interfere in other countries’ affairs.

conservative: tends to give a nod and a wink to liberty while placing emphasis on government control of “family” issues (gay marriage, abortion, borders, etc.) while pushing for major military involvement worldwide by America, in the hopes of creating a faith-based, “conservative” world.

liberal: tends to give a nod and a wink to liberty while placing emphasis on government control of “social issues” (social safety net, minority rights, etc.) while pushing for major diplomatic involvement worldwide by America backed by somewhat lesser military involvement, in the hopes of creating an inclusive, “liberal” world.

statist: the marriage of liberal and conservative aspects of big government. Supports both the conservative “family” agenda and the liberal “social” agenda. Supports both major diplomatic and military involvement abroad.

centrist: somewhere in the middle of all of the above.

They’re not an ideal set of definitions, perhaps, but I think they’re useful working definitions. I hope you find them helpful.

(Source: Nolan)

Full Biography for David F. NolanCandidate for
United States Representative; District 47
This information is provided by the candidate
DAVID F. NOLAN, CO-FOUNDER OF THE LIBERTARIAN PARTYDAVE NOLAN was the prime mover behind the formation of the Libertarian Party in 1971. He holds a degree in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his career has included work in publishing, advertising and marketing.Mr. Nolan was the party’s first national chair, and has served at times as editor of LP NEWS, chairman of the Platform Committee, chairman of the By-Laws Committee, and chairman of the Judicial Committee. He is currently the Libertarian Party’s candidate for U.S. Representative in California’s 47th Congressional District.

In 1996, he received the Libertarian Party’s first Thomas Jefferson Award, for “Lifetime Achievement” in advancing the cause of liberty.

Aside from his role in founding the LP, Mr. Nolan is best known as the originator of the “Nolan Chart,” a two-dimensional map that shows how different political systems relate to one another. This map has largely replaced the old left-right linear political spectrum, and its impact on political thinking led to Mr. Nolan’s being selected for inclusion in “2000 Leading Intellectuals of the 20th Century,” a reference work to be published by the International Biographical Centre (Cambridge, England) later this year.


Additional information about Mr. Nolan may be found on the Website of the Advocates for Self-Government at http://www.self-gov.org/celebs.html

This Website features the World’s Smallest Political Quiz, which enables people to find their true political identity, and is based on the Nolan Chart.

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David Nolan died in November 2010

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