Where do you fall on the political scale from extreme libertarian to extreme authoritarian, factoring in both economic and social leanings? if you aren’t sure, there is a web-based test for you at politicalcompass.org. Respond agree, strongly agree, disagree or strongly disagree to a series of social and political propositions, and then see where you fall on the Political Compass.
You can also see where the Senators from the 50 states fall on the compass, and where political parties in other countries fall.
The site provides a reading list for those of us who are interested in learning more about influential thinkers from the four quadrants of the compass (Libertarian Left, Libertarian Right, Authoritarian Left, Authoritarian Right). Search the Library Catalog to see which titles are available here.
Finally, if you’re really set on fire, your University Library has yet more materials to learn about libertarianism, authoritarianism, or political parties in other countries. Search the Library Catalog to find titles such as Radicals for capitalism: a freewheeling history of the modern American libertarian movement, Parties, politics, and democracy in the new Southern Europe or Authoritarian legacies and democracy in Latin America and Southern Europe. Ask a librarian for assistance in finding materials.