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That Libertarian Test

Robert P. George e-mailed: “I scored 29. A bit higher than Aristotle would have scored. Probably about where St. Thomas Aquinas would have ended up, give or take a few points in either direction.”

So far, the order of the results–in ascending order, Robby (29), Rick (40), Jonah (41), me (73), and Jonathan (89)–was about what I would have expected. But then I got this e-mail from Charles Murray:

“72 for me. but I was quibbling (you can’t have free immigration in a welfare state, in Milton’s famous formulation). In my heart, I’m at least an 85. Still, I may need a few weeks in a reeducation camp.”

I out-libertarianed the author of What It Means to Be a Libertarian. Amazing. And I don’t even consider myself a libertarian.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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