The traditional left-right political spectrum we use to place politicians platforms is outdated.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. 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. 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. [...]
[...] This three dimensional chart takes a different approach to measuring certain ideologies, instead of measuring along a continuum the ideologies are divided into categories. The three measurements of political society along this spectrum are those of cultural, fiscal, and corporate. These three measurements are divided again into two categories each giving a 2 by 2 by 2 calculations of eight categories, which is were they got the name vosem. The first subcategory for cultural is that of cultural freedom. In this subcategory the people who belong prefer no regulation regarding sex, legalized drugs, and the right to free speech, prostitution, gambling and pornography. [...]
[...] For example, Teddy Kennedy was around a 4.5 / 4.5 while Ronald Reagan was at a 4/2. Nolan Chart Ayn Rand once commented on the traditional left-right political spectrum, stating that people wish to control things they think are important in other people's affairs. On the left side, they wish to see goods in the economy equally distributed and everybody on the same economic level. On the right side you see moralistic people who feel, for example, that abortion should be illegal because they want everyone to abide by a certain moral code. [...]
[...] Conventional Left-Right Spectrum A Political Spectrum is a range of beliefs, with the assumption that along the range groups of people share the same opinion about the issues the spectrum is describing. The political spectrum we have grown accustomed to, in modern western countries, is the left-right spectrum, where on the left sits the liberals and the right the conservatives. However, does this Left-Right spectrum that is so common really fully describe how modern day politics operates? The notion of a Left-Right spectrum actually began during the French Revolution in the 18th century. [...]
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