A different take on the left-right paradigm

I created this ‘political triangle’ based on a version I saw in Leon and Frances Louw’s book, South Africa: The Solution. I believe it quite accurately shows where libertarianism, classical liberalism and anarchy lies relative to the traditional left-right paradigm, and is superior to the circular, squar or linear version of the political compass.

Where do you stand?

Triangular political compass


Martin van Staden

Martin is the Editor in Chief of the Being Libertarian LLC group, with which the Rational Standard is affiliated. He has a law degree from the University of Pretoria. His articles represent his own views and beliefs, and not that of any of the organizations he is involved with.

One thought on “A different take on the left-right paradigm

  • 29 June 2015 at 16:35 PM

    How I’ve always understood it is that authoritarianism and libertarianism are methods in which to gain a goal and left-right are the goals themselves.

    Leftism is historically meant to be the ideology of progress, and in this regard the capitalists during the French Revolution were left-wing. Of course, progress and conservatism always change their face and leftism has come to refer to politically correct insanity.

    This is an interesting take on the system and I like it over the others, but it is still vastly limited in the range of ideologies and the degree of their belief.

    In regards to your question: Classical Liberal – Minarchist. Definitely.


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