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  1. Abstract
  2. Conventional Left-Right Spectrum
  3. Simple Alternatives to the Left-Right Spectrum
  4. More Complicated Alternatives to the Left-Right Spectrum
  5. Three Dimensional Plotting of Measurements along Spectrum
  6. Relating Modern Day Politics in a Multi-Dimensional Axis
  7. Conclusion

The traditional left-right political spectrum we use to place politicians platforms is outdated. We carried this spectrum over from the French, and any citizen would be hard pressed to be able to even accurately define what the spectrum is measuring. We all know that on the right side sit the Republicans and those with conservative thoughts, and the farther right you go the more conservative you feel. We also all know that on the left sit the liberals, who tend to fight for liberty and equality for all. The farther left you go the more you feel strongly about these liberal values. But what exactly are these liberal and conservative values? What does it really say to me when someone describes, say John Kerry as a democrat who falls the left of the political spectrum? It is because of this and other arguments I will mention that I wrote my paper about alternatives to the conventional left-right political spectrum.

[...] This measurement of the political world and the other ones I have mentioned I do feel do a good job in interpreting politics in the modern world, but none of them have actually explored international activities, which in this day and age, especially now in the United States, is a huge concern.[14] Relating modern day politics in a multi-dimensional axis I am going to describe one more two-dimensional figure, because I found information on which modern day platforms are placed. [...]

[...] Mandela is farther left on the economic axis while the Dalai Lama is farther down on the social scale, he believes a lot in personal liberties. This chart shows no leaders in the right libertarian quadrant, I guess you would be hard pressed to find a government where the leader runs on a platform opting for very little government involvement in economic as well as social affairs.[15] Conclusion In summary, it would do to be able to describe politicians and governments in a different light than the conventional left-right spectrum we are used to. [...]

[...] Religion can be deemed an important axis in political affairs, clericalism where the church has a strong role in the government versus anti-clericalism where the church has a weaker role. The amount of foreign trade a state participates in ranging from globalization where economies are intermingled to and autarky where a state strives for economic independence. The environment has arisen recently as an important topic; ranging from being and eco- friendly nation to one that has no regulations for the economy. [...]

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