I guess they only got around to reading about my local bar adventures handing out the Peirce for Ohio info/quiz cards, but it seems The Advocates president is :
1. I love the article. Thanks, Stephen! However, I respectfully disagree that the Quiz is “obviously skewed.” To the contrary. We’ve done our best to create a Quiz that, while short, gives accurate, useful and honest political insights. That’s one reason why it’s in textbooks and hundreds of classrooms, and has been praised by the Washington Post, USA Today, the London Times, and many, many others.
2. The Quiz works! Stephen hit on one of the great strengths of the Quiz — it sets off viral marketing. Like magic, it opens people’s eyes to a new way of looking at the political spectrum. And then, those newly-enlightened want to share it with others. It’s irresistible and fun! I’ve seen this over and over again. The Quiz is an incredible, tested and proven tool that needs to be used by many more libertarians.
3. The Quiz is so eye-catching, so fun, so enlightening that it makes a great addition to any political campaign. We love to see candidates and organizations link their Web sites to the Quiz (as the national Libertarian Party, and many state and local LPs, do) and we love to see the Quiz used in campaign literature.
As I mentioned before, Charles Peirce is crazy jacked-in when it comes to the nightlife scene around here, and he’s been cranking out batches of these things on a regular basis and has his bar peeps put them in hot-spots at ridiculously low cost. Couple that with a really awesome fundraiser deal for Bill Peirce going down next month at none other than The Cleveland Improv (where friend of liberty Drew Carey got his start), and you have a campaign that’s really hitting the young movers and shakers in Ohio.
Update: The Kentucky Lake Times has a timely story today on the quiz (I guess it’s not skewed as I had originally thought):
But is it accurate? After all, the Advocates is a libertarian organization. Did they rig the Quiz so everyone would score libertarian?
No, says an expert. Cynthia Carter, professor of History and Political Science at Florida Community College at Jacksonville, said, “Although this quiz is provided by a Libertarian organization, it does not lead you to answer in any particular way.”
That may be why instructors around the USA use the Quiz in their classrooms. If you peeked into classrooms at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Carnegie Mellon University, or Texas A&M University (to name just a few) over the past few years, you’d find find students answering the Quiz’s questions.