Randomly browsing online, I saw this personality test – F-Scale to test the fascist tendencies in a person. Interested, I took it and it turned out that I am one of those sane people with a score of 3.56, with 1 being absolute whiner and 6 being absolute fascist.

This test was composed by Theodor Adorno in 1947 and aims to identify how reactionary a person is –  it’s a divide between apathy and want for change. The score is an average of the number of questions you attempted but the main drawback is that your answers are modelled upon the society around you. Take, for example, you are in Iraq. You want a responsible government. You are in Britain. You don’t care about your government, but the benefits you are having.

Below are the questions(with my score in the side).

Scoring –

1 – Disagree Strongly
6 – Agree Strongly

Question Score
[1] Obedience and respect for authority are the most important virtues children should learn. 5
[2] A person who has bad manners, habits, and breeding can hardly expect to get along with decent people. 4
[3] If people would talk less and work more, everybody would be better off. 4
[4] The business man and the manufacturer are much more important to society than the artist and the professor. 2
[5] Science has its place, but there are many important things that can never be understood by the human mind. 4
[6] Every person should have complete faith in some supernatural power whose decisions he obeys without question. 4
[7] Young people sometimes get rebellious ideas, but as they grow up they ought to get over them and settle down. 4
[8] What this country needs most, more than laws and political programs, is a few courageous, tireless, devoted leaders in whom the people can put their faith. 2
[9] No sane, normal, decent person could ever think of hurting a close friend or relative. 3
[10] Nobody ever learned anything really important except through suffering. 3
[11] What the youth needs most is strict discipline, rugged determination, and the will to work and fight for family and country. 4
[12] An insult to our honor should always be punished. 2
[13] Sex crimes, such as rape and attacks on children, deserve more than mere imprisonment; such criminals ought to be publicly whipped, or worse. 4
[14] There is hardly anything lower than a person who does not feel a great love, gratitude, and respect for his parents. 4
[15] Most of our social problems would be solved if we could somehow get rid of the immoral, crooked, and feebleminded people. 3
[16] Homosexuals are hardly better than criminals and ought to be severely punished. 3
[17] When a person has a problem or worry, it is best for him not to think about it, but to keep busy with more cheerful things. 4
[18] Nowadays more and more people are prying into matters that should remain personal and private. 5
[19] Some people are born with an urge to jump from high places. 2
[20] People can be divided into two distinct classes: the weak and the strong. 2
[21] Some day it will probably be shown that astrology can explain a lot of things. 4
[22] Wars and social troubles may someday be ended by an earthquake or flood that will destroy the whole world. 4
[23] No weakness or difficulty can hold us back if we have enough will power. 5
[24] It is best to use some prewar authorities in Germany to keep order and prevent chaos. 4
[25] Most people don’t realize how much our lives are controlled by plots hatched in secret places. 5
[26] Human nature being what it is, there will always be war and conflict. 5
[27] Familiarity breeds contempt. 4
[28] Nowadays when so many different kinds of people move around and mix together so much, a person has to protect himself especially carefully against catching an infection or disease from them. 4
[29] The wild sex life of the old Greeks and Romans was tame compared to some of the goings-on in this country, even in places where people might least expect it. 1
[30] The true American way of life is disappearing so fast that force may be necessary to preserve it. 3

More details and to take a test, try the below link –

http://www.anesi.com/fscale.htm

Looks like this is superseded by something called Right Wing Authoritarianism Scale, which I will look into sometime later.

http://personality-testing.info/tests/RWAS/

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