Foreign Policy Survey

A project I’ve been playing around with for a while has been better understanding the policy views of libertarians. In a few policy areas one should expect near-unanimous agreement on what constitutes the libertarian position. I would, for example, find it hard to believe someone was a libertarian if they supported minimum wage laws. In other areas though it isn’t clear what the libertarian position is.

Foreign policy is one such area. As has been discussed on NoL, it isn’t clear that a singular libertarian foreign policy can exist. Contemporary libertarianism is heavily tied to the US, which further complicates matters. A US based libertarian might oppose NATO on grounds that it over extends the power of the government. A libertarian based in Poland on the other hand might support NATO as a necessary countermeasure to the threat of attack from Russia.

To answer these questions I’m playing around with a pilot study.  The survey can be accessed here. It should take 10-15 minutes and I would appreciate if you could all take it. The survey is aimed for US libertarians, but feel free to take if you’re elsewhere.

Emphasis on the ‘pilot’. I am still playing around with wording and such. I am debating which demographic questions can be removed to reduce possibility of identification – I know many libertarians are skeptical about taking these surveys out of privacy concerns. If you have any comments/suggestions feel free to do so in the comments.

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6 thoughts on “Foreign Policy Survey

  1. One of the most contentious issues seems to be abortion, because it highlights two of the principles of libertarian philosophy: individual autonomy and the non-aggression principle. I personally think autonomy wins out, and that the NAP is not really a defining position of libertarianism, but it can be argued persuasively either way. (Might also just be my progressive upbringing.)

  2. Also, that survey perpetuates the Chocolate-Vanilla-Strawberry ice cream hegemony in the West.

  3. Regarding the survey, some of the questions are absolutist:”Should the US unilaterally remove all trade barriers?”…and such phrasing ends defining movements in very narrow terms. I think of movements as direction-based, rather than destination-based.

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