Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Politics in Three Dimensions

Partisan hacks tend to boil down politics in this manner:

"Us" (good) vs. "Them" (bad)

Pop culture tends to see politics in one dimension:

Communist <-> Liberal <-> Moderate <-> Conservative <-> Fascist

A minimal amount of research reveals that libertarians, neoconservatives, paleoconservatives, pro-labor liberals, pro-globalization liberals, anarchists, etc., don't quite fit on a straight-line spectrum. The next logical step is to map political ideologies in two dimensions (economic and personal freedom), like the Nolan Chart and its derivatives:

When I took the World's Smallest Political Quiz, I scored 100% for personal issues and 50% for economic issues - placing me on the border between "Left" and "Libertarian."

Even still, there is a bit of a difference between personal freedom and political freedom, as highlighted in this three-dimensional representation of political ideologies, as advocated by a game inspired by a novel, Jennifer Government: NationStates:

I was peeved to no end during that dim period of American history between 2003 and 2006, with all that talk of Freedom Fries and dissent being anti-American/unpatriotic and all that proto-fascist BS coming from the Republican majority (at the time). So, if you add total libertarian political freedom to my 100% personal and 50% economic freedoms (the 50% is heavily nuanced, in my opinion), this is the result:

Apparently, I advocate a "civil rights lovefest" form of government - where people are free to express political dissent and live however they want (as long as it doesn't infringe on others' rights), and the government takes a "fair" amount of taxes to provide a "fair" amount of services to the people: Emergency services (police, fire, etc.), a standing army (more standing and defending than invading and empire-building), decent healthcare/education for minors (at the very least), and some minimal safety standards here and there.

That seems fair to me.

NationStates political map credit: Ccrowe1990.
World's Smallest Quiz traced map credit: Stannered.

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