What % Socialist Are You?

POLITICS

23.7K PLAYS

Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

Image: Cultura/Philip Lee Harvey/Cultura/Getty Images

About This Quiz

"Socialism" has a muddled reputation, and before we get into how socialist you are, we're going to get into why this is. Socialism does not actually mean nationalizing all companies and abolishing private capital. That is communism, a separate ideology to the left of socialism. 

Socialism is also not the same thing as liberalism, the ideology to its right. Liberalism is less redistributive and tends to be reformist (i.e., making small changes while preserving the system) while socialism is revolutionary (overturning the system altogether). For example, a liberal might support permitting all people to access the institution of marriage, while a communist would reject the entire idea of marriage, and a socialist might be a mix.

Meanwhile, a liberal might use a carbon tax to stop a fossil fuel company from polluting with impunity; a socialist might phase in a moratorium on fossil fuels; a communist would just nationalize the oilfields and stop digging. To a communist, socialism is an interim step on the road to communism; to a socialist, it is the endpoint. Thus, someone who identifies as a socialist probably isn't a communist. Socialism can also include community (i.e., non-state) regulation of activities and companies; by some definitions, a church is a socialist enterprise, as is any company offering stock to its workers.

There are three main reasons that socialism gets mixed up with its neighbors. First, the Cold War resulted in lumping anything even vaguely left-wing together. Second, most liberals and conservatives actually like some socialist policies like highways and Medicare. Third, Karl Marx called communism "scientific socialism" to distinguish it from what he saw as woollier brands of socialism, a branding exercise the USSR later found useful.

Like society, most healthy people are a blend of ideologies, which means we can identify how socialist any given person is. What's your number?

Should the state simply cease to exist?

Advertisement

What's the best solution to climate change?

Advertisement

How do you feel about for-profit companies?

Advertisement

For what cause would you go to a march?

Advertisement

What deceased political thinker do you admire?

Advertisement

What sort of car do you drive?

Advertisement

How do you feel about the institution of marriage?

Advertisement

How do you feel about communists?

Advertisement

Is healthcare a right?

Advertisement

Who is a voice you admire in today's politics?

Advertisement

Which country is a good role model?

Advertisement

Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

Advertisement

Does socialism automatically mean a high level of government involvement in your life?

Advertisement

Should workers have a seat on corporate boards?

Advertisement

How do you feel about labor unions?

Advertisement

What is a good example of socialism doing a good job?

Advertisement

Where would you say socialism went wrong?

Advertisement

Who should be allowed to serve in the military?

Advertisement

What is something that you think of as kinda socialist, that almost never gets called socialism?

Advertisement

Who is "the economy"?

Advertisement

What's a good reason to have a war?

Advertisement

What should the hourly minimum wage be?

Advertisement

Who should you never trust?

Advertisement

Who is likely to take away your rights if they get a chance?

Advertisement

What is the biggest reason for growing inequality?

Advertisement

Assuming everyone was going to obey it, what one law would you like to pass?

Advertisement

By a quirk of fate, you have become president on a manifesto to be very, very socialist. What spending priority will your socialist administration have?

Advertisement

What one modification could we each make in our lives to bring about more socialism?

Advertisement

Why do you think socialism is so misunderstood?

Advertisement

What is a reasonable tax rate on marginal incomes over $10 million?

Advertisement

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!

Explore More Quizzes