The two I chose are "Attitude toward the State," and "Attitude toward planned social progress".It all works out like this:
The first is easy to understand: what think you of government? Is it an object of idolatry, a positive good, necessary evil, or unmitigated evil? Obviously that forms a spectrum, with various anarchists at the left end and reactionary monarchists at the right. The American political parties tend to fall toward the middle.
"Attitude toward planned social progress" can be translated "rationalism"; it is the belief that society has "problems," and these can be "solved"; we can take arms against a sea of troubles.
Once again we can order the major political philosophies. Fascism is irrationalist; it says so in its theoretical treatises. It appeals to "the greatness of the nation" or to the volk, and also to the fuhrer-prinzip, i.e., hero worship.
Friday, November 14, 2014
An interesting mapping of political philosophies
Jerry Pournelle came up with a quite interesting replacement for the old political "left" vs. "right", one that is both interesting and different: