The Nolan Chart, also known as the Political Compass has proven to be a better alternative to the standard left-right spectrum of political views. I am myself a big fan of the Nolan Chart, mainly because I definitely do not fit into the left-wing, but I don’t really fit into the right-wing either. However, I find the Nolan Chart to be a little lacking too, to fit my utilitarian views. Not only that, but I find a huge number of differences within the libertarians, within the rightists, within the leftists, within the populists.
I figured that in a similiar way to how the right-left labelling distorted a lot of people’s opinions (libertarians being labelled as rightists, populists as leftists, etc.), the political Compass too, distorts a lot of people’s opinions. For instance, pro-meritocracy people are being labelled as pro-discrimination (and sometimes vice versa), nationalists being labelled as religious, the authoritarians being labelled as religious or nationalist, the religious being labelled as authoritative or nationalist, etc. The problem here is not the wrong labelling – the problem is that this wrong labelling influences people’s opinions.
The pro-merit people got clubbed along with the pro-discrimination people due to the communists’ loud right-left shouts, and such a trend continues. Atheists become communists, capitalists become authoritarian, liberals become socialists, nationalists become religious, capitalists become anti-scientific, pro-merit people become pro-discrimination, and so on. We need to update the political compass philosophy further – let’s first have a look at the different types of axes we could draw. In an axis “A-B”, A will be the left, and B will be the right. Right, my intentions are to prove myself right : )
- Religious – Irreligious: Religion here doesn’t just mean belief in the mainstream religious faiths, but rather an irrational religious adherence to any ideology, be it a mainstream faith such as Catholicism, Sunni Islam, or Vedism, or a faith such as Marxism, Maoism, or Anarchism. The problem with this axis is that it’s extremely arbitrary – why the hell do we care why the party or individual supports a certain cause? The results of this faith should reflect in the other axes. If Marxism a communist religion, this will reflect in the economic and social indicators, for instance. If another religion were a discriminatory religion, this will reflect in the meritocratic indicator.
- Discriminatory – Meritocratic: On the left would be those advocating for a negative discrimination – chavunists, feminazis, racists, meat-eaters, etc. At the centre we would have those advocating for a positive discrimination, the equal outcome guys – feminsts, communists, and all those people. On the right, you have people who support equal opportunities – the meritocrats like myself – however, the centre right tries to restrict private entities from discriminating. This axis is about as important now as it ever was, given the dangers of positive discrimination. This is somewhat a special indicator, because it talks about how equally the other indicators are applied. Also, people on the same spot on this spectrum need not agree with each other. Put a chavunist and a feminazi in a room, and there is a non-zero chance of you getting two corpses at the end of the day.
- Activist – Utilitarian: The left would advocate for a rights-based legal system, while the right would advocate for a more utilitarian one. This indicator can be discarded, however, as the only point of the indicator is to influence the other indicators. Somewhat similiar to the religious indicator in this regard.
- Pacifist – Nationalist: The left here would tend to support a disinvestment in the military, while the right would tend to support unwarranted attacks and invasions against other nations. The centre here would keep call the military a defence force instead, and treat it as one. The centre-right would act on an unconfirmed warning of aggression from the other side, the centre-left will minimise its military and sign deals with other nations to use their military. Naturally, neither is right (no pun intended) in general on this regard, as it depends on the situation and the geographical area of the nation we’re talking about. Naturally, Israel would need to be more nationalist than Norway, for example.
- Culturist – Modernist: The left here would tend to agree with the idea of investment in cultural programs, etc. and would be against immigration. The right would tend to agree with a rational formulation of the legal system, and an ignorance of culture, and would be for unrestricted immigration. The centre would be for restricted immigration and limited state involvement in cultural activities, the centre-left would be selective immigration and significant state sponsorship in cultural activities. The centre-right, which includes yours arrogantly, would believe in liberal immigration laws, and very limited, and rationally-thought state sponorship of cultural activities. However, this axis is arbitrary, as the sole point is to influence the other axes. If the culture is a (p)(m)atriarchial one, it will go left on the meritocracy scale; if it’s a capitalistic one, it will go right on the economic indicator (because migration is a trade – immigrants are exports, emigrants are imports), and so on. Liberal immigration laws will make it go right on the economic axis, Now for our favourites…
- Socialist – Capitalist: I’ll prefer to not use the word “communist” because it’s a set of ideologies, ideologies that relate to economic, social, cultural etc. indicators. This is more accomodating than the standard right-left economic axis, as you’ll see. We know the right side of this axis very well – on the centre of the whole axis, we have the socialists who believe in completely centralised business, no private ownership of land, an artifically made, absolutely egalitarian (in outcome) money distribution, subsidy frenzies, and similiar schemes. On the far-right, we have people who believe in extremely limited government intervention in businesses – meaning no educational or healthcare subsidies, no control at all over issues like net neutrality, and so on. The right-centre-right would want some limited control over corporations, and useful subsidies on things like education and healthcare. They might want the state to take up “flagship” projects into unexplored industries, before they are disinvested from/privatised, and so on. The centre-rights would be in favour of a naive Keynesian money distribution and some subsidies here and there – search e.g. for silly things like “non-bureaucratic socialism” (it’s a real thing, this oxymoronic joke!). The centre-centre-right would be India’s Indian National Congress – a frenzy of subsidies, but well, not the economic projection of communism ; ) On the left side of things, you have the exact inverse of things – the main idea is that the more productive you are, the less well-off you should be. Such people are common, but luckily politics tends to be free of them. In India, though, we have the dipshit Aam Admi Party, which is about centre-centre-left. We’ll call the left here anticapitalist. It is to be noted that this axis is different from the standard economic axis, which is only the right hand of this axis.
- Authoritarian – Liberal: On the left you have those who believe in extreme government control over a citizen’s life. No democracy, nothing. On the centre-left, you have things like Lee’s model of governance in Singapore. At the centre, you have people who support a reasonable amount of control, as much as is necessary – freedom of speech exists, but knowingly incorrect propaganda and criminal threats are not allowed. The centre-right is still more liberal, and I think this is generally useful for stability. The far right is for extreme liberalism, to the extent it starts getting dangerous (gun rights, no death sentence, etc.).
Naturally, some of these will be interlinked. For instance, a capitalist is more likely to be pro-merit, and in a developing country, a bit less liberal than otherwise. A capitalist can also afford to be nationalist, because their good economic policies save money for defence. A nationalist is likely to be authortiarian, because liberalism doesn’t work at wartime. To summarise, we have the:
- Economic axis: Anticapitalist – Capitalist.
- Social axis: Authoritarian – Liberal.
- Egalitarian axis: Discriminatory – Meritocratic.
- Aggressive axis: Pacifist – Nationalist.
The last two are special in their own ways, which is probably why they are not included in the Nolan Chart – the egalitarian axis is a “meta-axis” in that it decides how equally the other indicators are applied. Two people with the same standing here might as well completely detest each other (e.g. feminazis and mascunazis, two mutual racists, homophobes and heterophobes, etc.). The aggressive axis is a more subjective one, in that, it’s quite context-dependent. Israel needs to go to the centre-right, while Norway can afford to be in a more pacifist, say centre-left state. A utilitarian point of view, such as that of your arrogant correspondent, would naturally be right-centre-right:centre-right:centre-right:context-dependent. The fourth one, the aggression indicator, would for instance need to be (from a utilitarian point of view) centre-centre-right for India, centre-right for Israel, centre-left for Norway, and so on. Now that was an introduction to a region called “90% of the world”. On the outside of this region, you have a dangerous regime, where things seriously contradict each other. Give people enough liberty, and they begin to infringe on other’s liberty (e.g. no crime management, no environmental protection). This regime, is known as Anarchy.