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The American Political Spectrum Simplified
Posted by Rod Van Mechelen

2013 Olympia, WA - This is a great infographic by Shirou Zhiwu. It really shows that the major differences in American politics are not a matter of left versus right, but of liberty versus totalitarianism. The only things I would change, are to put the word Progressivism on the the Neo-con side, too, and to make the bottom of the red and blue lines reach farther down.

The American Political Spectrum Simplified
As David Stockman brilliantly outlines in The Great Deformation, the progressive neocons took Ronald Reagan's administration further to the totalitarian end of the political spectrum than the progressive liberals did with Jimmy Carter's, and progressives have done the same to every administration since, regardless of whether they were on the right or the left.

Although I'm a "Ron Paul Republican," which traditionally would label me a rightist, in this infographic I'm a leftist, because while some Ron Paul Republicans are in the Tea Party (right), many of us are Classical Liberals (left) and a few are Libertarians. I'm a classical liberal, which is more popularly known in the US as a Crunchy Conservative, or Crunchy Con, a term coined by Rod Dreher in his book, Crunchy Cons: The New Conservative Counterculture and Its Return to Roots.

Whether on the left or the right, the ultimate expression of Progressivism is Totalitarianism. For a nation founded on the principles of life, liberty and property, Progressivism is the problem, and I wonder if the time has come to drop the left-right paradigm in favor of Shirou Zhiwu's more comprehensive and nuanced perspective.


Rod Van Mechelen

Rod Van Mechelen is the author of What Everyone Should Know about Feminist Issues: The Male-Positive Perspective (the page now includes several articles by other authors), and the publisher of The Backlash! @ and Cowlitz Country News. He is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and served for 9-1/2 years on the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Council.


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