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Old 09-21-2006, 02:15 PM   #1
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Organization Of Ideologies

This has been on my mind recently. I'm taking a political science course(talking college here, not high school), and it's primary focus thus far has been on defining and contrasting all of the main economic and political ideologies. These are taught in the context of the left, center, and right, of course(that is, the left/center/right of the big picture, not just the US). To illustrate what's what, there is a chart in the textbook for this course, and this chart puts Communism and Socialism on the left, Democracies in the center, and Fascism on the right. That's how it's taught in this course.

However, I've also seen a different order of things in a lot of places, where Communism, Socialism, AND Fascism are on the left, Democracies are in the center, and Anarchy is on the right.

I guess I'm just wondering which one is right, and why I keep seeing these conflicting orders.

Thoughts?
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democracy is not constrained to the left, right, or center. there are, at the ABSOLUTE LEAST, two forms of anarchy that are diametrically opposed to one another on economic issues and should fall at the opposite ends of the left/right spectrum. communism and socialism are not inherently anti-democratic. over all this paradigm just doesn't make any sense. it is trying to combine political proceses with economic structures on one linear scale. simply not possible.

http://politicalcompass.org/

take the quiz. while not perfect it is far more useful than a single linear scale.
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If defined by the ammount of state and economic liberty then communism, socialism and fascism will all emerge on the left and neo-liberalism and anarchism will fall on the right.
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If defined by the ammount of state and economic liberty then communism, socialism and fascism will all emerge on the left and neo-liberalism and anarchism will fall on the right.
Interesting point. I would say that if that were the case, New Dealers would be "leftists." But that wouldn't make any sense to me. I get along great with New Dealers.
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if i recall correctly, i fall around (-8, -5) on that grid.
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if i recall correctly, i fall around (-8, -5) on that grid.
Hard-left, moderate libertarian?
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well i took it again, for shits and giggles:

Economic Left/Right: -9.13
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.59

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Hard-left, moderate libertarian?
that's one way of looking at it, though i think my new ranking at -7.59 puts me beyond moderate.
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