A different take on the left-right paradigm

The left-right spectrum can be overly simplistic. It is important to note specific ideologies in political analysis.

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



  1. 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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