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Jonah: Agree with everything you said about those tests–so of course I took the one you mentioned. A bunch of the questions were odd, and I didn’t answer many of them “strongly agree” or “strongly disagree.” My “political compass,” as they call it, had me plotted several clicks to the right of the vertical axis (making me a good bit more “libertarian” than “communist”) and touching the horizontal axis (making me pretty evenly split between “authoritarian” and “anarchist”). None of this means anything, of course, and I became especially convinced of this when I saw that the test designers place Margaret Thatcher’s views on the X-Y graph sort of close to Hitler’s.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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