Political Spectrum Chart

By Matt Baker email   Updated 8 Jan 2013

This political spectrum chart, similar to the Nolan chart or the political compass, shows the four main political ideologies produced when you combine the two main economic views (left and right) with the two main social views (traditional and progressive).

"The Left"

"The Right"

 

Socialists

Greater Economic Uniformity
(therefore less economic freedom)
+
Greater Social Uniformity
(therefore less social freedom)
=
BIG GOVERNMENT

Extreme version is communism



S
O
C
I
A
L

Conservatives

Greater Economic Freedom
(therefore less economic uniformity)
+
Greater Social Uniformity
(therefore less social freedom)
=
MEDIUM-SIZED GOVERNMENT

Extreme version is the religious right

"Traditional"

  E C O N O M I C     S C A L E    

Liberals

Greater Economic Uniformity
(therefore less economic freedom)
+
Greater Social Freedom
(therefore less social uniformity)
=
MEDIUM-SIZED GOVERNMENT

Extreme version is hippy communes

S
C
A
L
E

Libertarians

Greater Economic Freedom
(therefore less economic uniformity)
+
Greater Social Freedom
(therefore less social uniformity)
=
LITTLE OR NO GOVERNMENT

Extreme version is anarchism

"Progressive"




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