Political spectrum

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A political spectrum is a system which attempt to classify political positions upon one or more dimensions.


Left-right spectrum

The most well-known is the left-right spectrum. However, how to define this is controversial and often debated.

See also Alt-Right, Far Left, Far Right, Left-wing politics, and Right-wing politics.


Various studies have stated that conservatives/rightists are more sensitive to "fear"/"anxiety" than liberals/leftists. This has been argued to reflect biological differences such as brain differences regarding the amygdala between rightists and leftists. This may mean that leftists tend to display disastrous recklessness, unrealistic blind optimism, and support often catastrophic "utopian" projects (such as Communism, Cultural Marxism, mass immigration, and so on).

"Liberal descriptions of the amygdala invariably describe it as ancient or primitive. They don’t come right out and say it but the suggestion is that the amygdala is sort of like the human appendix which occasionally becomes inflamed and results in appendicitis. It’s a holdover, a vestigial brain function which we modern, civilized people would be better off without [...] In fact, the amygdala mediates memory, facilitates emotional learning and apparently helps people identify the emotional states of others.There is even research suggesting amygdala size correlates with the size of a person’s social network,i.e. how many friends you have. But what’s really missing from Mooney’s description is any sense that the amygdala is an important part of the human personality, one we definitely don’t want to live without. [...] Monkeys who’ve had lesions to their amygdala will play with snakes. Like psychopaths, their fearlessness means they may put themselves in real danger. In the case of humans,indiscriminate openness to new experiences might include a willingness to experiment with crystal meth or heroine or crack. Unlike trying new foods, there’s real (as opposed to imagined) danger involved with doing these things. And, again, the extreme left end of the “openness” continuum may be a person who acts completely without fear of consequences to himself or others, i.e. a psychopath."[1]

It is unclear if "utopian" "rightists" such as anarcho-capitalists are similar to liberals or to conservatives on such biological measures.

r-K strategy

The left-right spectrum has also been argued to reflect differences regarding r-K strategy (see differential K theory) with conservatives being more K.[2]

Classification of fascism and National Socialism

The classifications of fascism and National Socialism have been controversial. The common classification as Far Right (or even as just as Right) has been criticized by, for example, some libertarians, who see this as classification as attempted guilt by association and state many differences with argued "correct" Right positions. A Leftist classification may be argued.

Proponents of liberal democracy have created classification systems based on "authoritarianism" (or similar concepts) which classify Fascism and Communism as being similar. A related discussion is if National Socialist Germany was "totalitarian" as discussed in the Totalitarianism article.

Many proponents have argued for a Third Position.

Horseshoe theory

See Horseshoe theory.


A popular system is the "Nolan Chart" which uses two dimensions argued to represent degrees of "economic freedom" and "personal freedom". It has been criticized as biased in favor of libertarianism (and was created by and is promoted by libertarians).

A study mathematically analyzing positions of German voters found that at least 4 dimensions were required to adequately represent all political parties.[3]

Ethnic homogeneity/heterogeneity

Politics have been argued to differ between ethnically homogeneous and ethnically heterogeneous societies. Singapore's leader Lee Kuan Yew, accused of supporting an authoritarian form of government, stated in a 2005 interview: "Why should I be against democracy? The British came here, never gave me democracy, except when they were about to leave. But I cannot run my system based on their rules. I have to amend it to fit my people's position. In multiracial societies, you don't vote in accordance with your economic interests and social interests, you vote in accordance with race and religion. Supposing I'd run their system here, Malays would vote for Muslims, Indians would vote for Indians, Chinese would vote for Chinese. I would have a constant clash in my Parliament which cannot be resolved because the Chinese majority would always overrule them."[4]

Likely related to the mass immigration and changing White demographics, White working class voters are deserting leftist parties across the Western world.[5]

First Worldism vs Third Worldism

There are many important differences between the "First World" and the "Third World" (the "Second World" was the Communist countries). Such differences include differences regarding political views and policies. Thus, this can also be seen as a political dimension.[6]

These differences have been argued to be influenced by genetic population differences. Therefore, supporters of mass immigration from the Third World to the First World have been seen as in effect being supporters of that the First World should become like the Third World.[6]

External links


  1. Don't Fear the Amygdala, Progressives http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2012/05/17/don-t-fear-the-amygdala-progressives/
  2. Anonymous Conservative http://www.anonymousconservative.com/blog/home-page/
  3. Alós-Ferrer, Carlos; Granić, Đura-Georg (2015-09-01). "Political space representations with approval data". Electoral Studies. 39: 56–71. doi:10.1016/j.electstud.2015.04.003
  4. SPIEGEL Interview with Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew: "It's Stupid to be Afraid" http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/spiegel-interview-with-singapore-s-lee-kuan-yew-it-s-stupid-to-be-afraid-a-369128.html
  5. Across the West, working-class voters are abandoning the Left http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/02/across-west-working-class-voters-abandoning-left/
  6. 6.0 6.1 See "First Worldism" and the articles linked there at http://thealternativehypothesis.org/index.php/first-worldism/
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