The Political Spectrum – Where are You? What Drives Your Own Opinions?

Finally, thanks to increasing authoritarian nanny state impositions for a good while, we are beginning to look at the up and down axis on the “political spectrum”, authoritarian versus libertarian.  I like this wheel because it accurately lines up historical and modern political manifestations.  Note that “Liberty” is limited government, or Libertarian.  “Slavery” is total government or authoritarian.  “Innovation” is liberal.  “Tradition” is conservative.

When you hear Glenn Beck talk about “Nazis and Communists are the same thing, just different party” he’s referring to the level of authoritarianism.  This information is absolutely correct – so congrats again to Glenn Beck for educating people with useful information.

There is a problem though.  I have made a profound observation that is not stated by any academic.  It is not even conceived by any civic-minded organization.  This is a completely new invention.

I contend that there is a missing axis of political disposition.  Moreover, I contend that this axis is so crucial – it is almost a holy grail of understanding political movement, manipulations, and shepherding.

To understand why I invented this concept, you must first understand the typical Cartesian system we know today.  In short:

X-Axis: Conservative/Liberal (Right/Left)

Conservative – Tradition – Republican – Elephant Basis: The idea is that man is by virtue imperfect, and along the way, we have discovered many effective ways to optimize the rules and regulations that will ensure the best possible outcome for government and communities.  These Traditions may suffer implementation details along the way, but our job is to implement the traditions in more effective ways with changing times and changing societies.  “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it”.  “Scatter all the pieces, the puzzle will remain the same”.  “There is ultimate truth – much of which has been found, tradition protects these time-tested methods”.  “If you want to learn something new, open an old book.”

Liberal – Innovative – Democrat – Donkey Basis: The idea is that man is by virtue perfectible, and with enough tinkering and social engineering, we can eventually reach this perfection for all human beings.  Where the Conservative imposes tradition, the liberal imposes experimentation on their subjects.  “There may or may not be ultimate truths that have yet to be found, but by mixing things up and experimenting rapidly, we will get closer to them”.

Centrist X-Axis (neither liberal nor conservative):  A centrist on the x-axis may hold tight to some traditions with staunch belief, but they are willing to be socially and economically experimented upon by liberal impositions equally.

Y-Axis:  Libertarian/Authoritarian (Up/Down)

Libertarian – Liberty – Small Government – Independence – Freedom – Self-Reliance: The idea is that the government that governs least, governs best.  Leaders and government figures will always seek more power, and so with limited government, they can fight each other, but never do too much damage with a small government apparatus.  If you give them a large government apparatus, they will eventually harm tons of people because of the amount of control and power they have.  The extreme case is anarchy. 

The realistic boundary though is the Articles of Confederation, in more recent American history.  The individual is the most important thing to Libertarians.  Free to do well, free to do poorly.  Free to succeed, free to fail.  Choice is ultimate, self-reliance and freedom is ultimate.  Charity cannot be charity unless it is a choice by an individual to help another individual.  State-imposed entitlements and “charities” are thus not charity at all because it takes the personal decision and transaction out of the equation entirely.

Authoritarian – Slavery – Big Government – Co-Dependence – State-Dependence: The idea is that with enough control and force imposition, the best case can be reached for society as a whole.  If certain individuals are held back, that is okay, because they prop up the rest of the pack.  The individual does not matter.  It’s the state, authority, and collective that matters.  Forsake equal justice in the name of social justice. 

Equality of outcome is the ultimate goal, while equality of opportunity is manipulated and not equal for everyone.  Opportunities must be fabricated by the state to “level the playing field” for the ultimate goal of equality of outcome for everyone.  Property of the individual does not exist.  Property belongs to the collective, which is controlled by the government.  “Government knows best”. 

The collective society is the most important thing to authoritarians.  The collective is controlled to have continuity of experience for everyone, as much as possible.  Not free to succeed at the highest levels possible, not free to fail as deserved.  Lack of choice is ultimate, co-dependency and the commune is ultimate.  Charity is a duty of the government, not the individual.  The individual should have limited money to even choose charity – rather let the government redistribute things as the government sees fit.  Force entitlements and “charity” onto everyone with government seizure of power and wealth.

Centrist Y-Axis (neither libertarian nor authoritarian):  A centrist on the y-axis may believe that the state has some role in limiting freedoms of individuals, taxing them somewhere between 20% and 40%, but otherwise should stay out of controlling labor, economy, and redistribution of power, control, and wealth.  They believe that socially speaking, the government should regulate some things (limited censorship for example), but otherwise stay out of social choices and behaviors of communities.

Why the need of a third axis?

As you’ll discover, these ideas of the individual’s place in government and society cannot explain modern dispositions. 

For instance, how can a rich Hollywood actress enjoy so many loopholes in tax laws, live like a queen, and yet call for more government control and socialist and authoritarian policies?  How can a poor but traditional and religious rural citizen stay in a constant state of decreased living standards, and yet still demand the government stay out of their business and leave them with dignity and freedom over entitlements and redistribution of power and wealth?  How can a hedonistic inner city citizen live on welfare, unemployed, sitting around all day enjoy the authoritarian redistribution of wealth that gives them video games and cell phones, yet still demand that they are not told what to do?

Left and Right can’t explain these contradictions.  It only explains the mentality that drives speed of change and experimentation, or rationale for non-experimentation or reversion to “successful” traditions.  Up and Down can’t explain the contradictions – so many cases involve citizens with wildly conflicting ideas of extreme government control and extreme freedom.  What would place the liberal, socialist welfare recipient on the same exact point in the political spectrum as the liberal, socialist well-to-do college professor?  Is there no distinction? 

I claim that there is a large distinction.

The answer to these contradictions and many others lie in a completely unexplored axis of political disposition.  I will call this the Z-Axis.  It is the most fundamental human characteristic that underlies all cultures, people, history, and cuts to the very nature of who we are.

Today, representatives run the gamut of the political spectrum – authoritarian/libertarian, down/up, liberal/conservative, left/right.  Yet people still feel uneasy, they still feel like something is missing.  Something they know and feel, but cannot express.  Something that just does not click.

That something is my Z-Axis of political disposition.  It is Perpetual/Temporal.  It is a view on whether or not the life of an individual is perpetual or fleeting.  As one can imagine, the governance during an earthly lifetime upon such individuals should vary widely based on the view of the individual’s existence in time and space. 

You will also note – this Z-Axis has such a profound impact on government policies, it will blow your mind when you think of it.  An individual’s disposition on the Z-Axis will influence their view on every single government policy, from Defense to Economics.

Z-Axis: Perpetual/Temporal (In/Out)

Perpetual – Virtuous – Immaterial – Permanent – Growth-Oriented – Evergreen: When a 100% growth-oriented individual wakes up, they are focused on industry.  If that industry is getting out to a job to produce something useful to people, so be it.  If that industry is nurturing children in a family or orphanage all day long, caring, helping, growing, contributing, so be it.  The growth-oriented individual obtains much less satisfaction from consuming, and much more from doing/giving.  They do not envy possessions of their neighbors because consumption is not where their satisfaction lies.  They do not take pleasure from idleness and sloth. 

Temporal – Hedonistic – Physical – Transient – Consumption-Oriented – Parasite: Opposite of the evergreen, the consumption-oriented individual wakes up and assesses what must be done today in order to get as much possible stimulus as desired.  They don’t care how or why food ends up on their table.  They want to consume, entertain themselves, and do as little as possible to get access to the most things that serve their whim as soon as the desire enters their brain.  Their focus is on the temporal, and short term.  Their idea of happiness is based on a constant measurement of whether or not their minute-by-minute desires and stimulations are being satisfied.  “Seize the day” “You only have this one life” “Look out for #1 first” “Living beyond your means? This is the goal!  I want to live beyond my means and make other people work and pay for it!”

Centrist Z-Axis: Somewhere between forward-thinking and haphazard, a centrist on the z-axis neither sucks goods out of their neighbor, nor contributes anything extra to those around them.  They cover their own burden on society and are happy to do so.  They believe in some kind of permanence of their efforts in life, but don’t sacrifice physical comforts of today in order to produce more than they consume.  They won’t go bankrupt or take government handouts like the parasite, but neither will they pass any savings or real value onto their children.

What will I do with my 3rd Axis – Perpetual/Temporal?

Well if it’s not obvious by now – I feel that politicians have been failing us for a long time.  It’s hard enough for people to understand a 2D political spectrum.  Most are ignorant of the Y axis, and so they only see things in left/right and liberal/conservative and Democrat/Republican.

Take our example of the elite college professor and urban government-subsidized parasite – falling on the exact same point of the 2D spectrum (probably a yellow-dog Democrat, very authoritarian and very left-winged).  Clearly these two folks views are different, and they have arrived to the same 2D point via different paths.  Well in 3D, they would not be at the same exact point.  The professor would be on the Perpetual positive, and the urban rat would be on the Temporal positive.

With demographic research, leaders and think tanks could actually find ways to re-align people to their more true 2D disposition by understanding where they are on the 3rd axis.

Of course, in real terms, this translates down to a 1D axis – right and left when it comes to the voting booth.

This transformation from the 2D axis has been occurring for centuries in America – because when you walk in the booth, you have a choice of left or right only.

So rather than simply marketing and representing from a 2D to 1D transformation, I am saying that the most genius political minds can gain more ground by analyzing society in my brand new 3D model.  Then they would triangulate groups of people in the 3D spectrum, and transform from 3D to 2D to 1D.

Expect absolutely no one to listen to this earth shattering political revelation.  I’m quite sure that today’s numbskull politicians have their hands full with propaganda and deceptions, and their brains full of rhetorical skills instead of useful skills.

Published in: on May 30, 2010 at 1:26 AM  Leave a Comment  

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