Far out

Far Out
A single dimensional continuum from left to right fails to capture the complex spectrum of political opinion. I propose a two-dimensional representation like that shown. Moderate views from liberal to conservative fall along the horizontal axis. Extreme political views which are neither liberal nor conservative are represented by the vertical axis. Views that are “far out” include:

  • Birchers
  • Birthers
  • Climate change deniers
  • Federal budget balancers
  • Gold nuts
  • Intolerant religious zealots
  • Libertarians
  • Opportunists
  • Second Amendment revisionists
  • Social Darwinists
  • Tax resisters
  • Voodoo economists

There are doubtless many more.

As an example, tax resisters can’t be said to be liberal or conservative. Liberals wouldn’t favor a change to a small, underfunded government which couldn’t promote the general welfare or ensure justice for all. Fiscal conservatives ought to favor sufficient tax revenue to pay the bills.




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1 Response to Far out

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    Remember the 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater’s line: “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”?

    Forty-one years later, a quote from the present 2015 presidential frontrunner for Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump: “I think the big problem this country has — is being politically correct,” he said, channeling the appeal that has catapulted him to the top of the polls. “And I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either.”

    One’s opinion of what radicalism is, must be dependant on where one already sits in the two-dimensional representation above. Moderation appears to be nearly nonexistent in today’s Republican party’s rhetoric. Democrats fail us too, but rarely are such clarion calls to be rude and divisive heard from Democratic politicians.


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