The Real Political Spectrum
by Matt Schnackenberg
have been a lot of discussion around the internet as of late about the
political spectrum and how everything falls within it. Unfortunately,
there are many people who does not understand how the real left to right
spectrum works and fall for the fictional one that the media spews.
media only ever displays one massive falsity. The show a left to right
graph where communism is at the left, moderates in the center, and
Nazism/Fascism is on the right. This is not at all correct in any means.
Libertarianism, Constitutionalism, Individualism, and Volunteerism are
not “moderate” ideologies and therefore do not fall in between. Also,
the section of graph they are taking and adding lies to is just a tiny
part of the overall spectrum.
also argue an “incorrect” graph. I put incorrect in quotes because
their graph is actually the European variation to the real graph, but
reversed therefore it displays our left is Europe’s right. The only
thing thing that is wrong with that is that they basically hail
socialism as the road to freedom rather than communism’s younger less
the graph starts with 100% governmental/totalitarian ideologies on the
left; ie Communism, Socialism, and Nazism which are fascist ideologies.
As the graph goes farther right the more freedom there is. French
citizens are celebrating more freedom due to the political shift of
moving back to a Socialist political system because Socialism is more
right than Communism.
the way to the right is anarchism, but is it the correct anarchism that
people expect? Frankly no, the anarchism on the right is Individualism
and Volunteerism. The founders of anarchism as its original root belongs
is a variant of communism so therefore should be considered a more
leftist ideology then they would wish to actually be considered.
and Federalism are basically the same ideology, but Libertarianism is a
bit more right because it wants to restrain government farther than
what the constitution should. Anarcho-Libertarianism, the belief
Libertarianism is a bridge to the freer variants of Anarchism is of
course farther right than either as it wants the death of government to
happen when society is mature enough to handle it.
and Democrats are closer together than one would think. Why is this?
Simply put the Democrat Party was co-opted by Lincoln during the “Civil
War” aka The War Against the Union. Yes, there are people in BOTH
parties that believe in limited government, state rights, and the
constitution, but they are the extreme minority. At the end of the day,
until either are co-opted or die, they are virtually the same party down
to the base platform.
here is where I will probably turn some heads, because the following
paragraph might sound absurd at first. I want you, the reader, to
actually take time to evaluate this in your head before even considering
general belief is moderates are in between democrats and republicans in
the spectrum. I disagree, highly. If I was to place them, it would be a
bit farther right than Republicans. The reason I state this is very
simple. They believe in a bit more individual freedoms than Republicans
and way less restrictions than modern democrats. Most importantly, they
do not believe in massive taxation and tend not to want massive
expansions of government. That is not to say they do not want
government. They are not libertarians in the push for limited or
constitutional government. They just don’t want government the size the
left wants, or the corporate controlled government the republicans do.
They also tend to be against war.
true list is as followed starting with the far left or 100%
authoritarianism to the far right where we find true individual liberty:
Communism, Anarchism, Socialism, Mercantilist, Green, Modern
Liberalism, Republicanism, Moderates, Federalism (Classical Liberalism),
Libertarianism, Anacho-Libertarianism, Anarcho-Capitalism, Volunteerism
and Individualism all the way to the right being interchangeable for
the most freedom. Please note, I did not list feudalism, monarchies,
etc, because they are old ideas that are dying or just have remnants of
them floating around the third world nations.