Do people really take Political Ideology very seriously? When was the last time we voted in an election not swayed by the charisma of a candidate but for the sake of our true Political Ideology. Who really cares and does it really make a difference if we stand for what our idea of a society we visualize to be a part of. Some take their political ideology very seriously and stick to it for a life time while some are open to constant reevaluation of their political ideology. Watching a Political news channel casually we all get to hear the buzz words Conservatives , Liberals, Centrists and adding more icing to the cake it gets more interesting when the words Right Wing Conservative , Left of Centre , Right of Centre, Libertarians , Left Wing Liberal are added to the mix. Well it takes a bit of understanding the political spectrum and the left right axis to gain an appreciation for these terms.
It all started in the French Parliament where those seated to the left side in the parliament had a different way of looking at some core economic, social, personal and religious values in contrast to those seated on the right side of the parliament. Those seated on the left were liberal in their outlook and stood for equal rights and those seated on the right more conservative espoused the cause of the rich historically establishing the left right axis. Over the years the left and the right evolved with groups of different likeminded people like Communists, Marxists, Socialists and Liberals on the left and Fiscal conservatives, Religious conservatives, Capitalists and Fundamentalists on the right. Adding more to the Left Right wing axis the Far Left and the Far Right groups represent the extreme views on both sides of the political divide. All that being said let’s get a peek view into how Liberals, Conservatives and Libertarians view the world.
Liberals believe in government action to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all. It is the duty of the government to alleviate social ills and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights. Believe the role of the government should be to guarantee that no one is in need. Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve problems.
Conservatives believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense. Believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals. Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems. Students News Daily
Centrists believe in a political outlook or specific position that involves acceptance or support of a balance of a degree of social equality and a degree of social hierarchy or social inequality; while opposing political changes which would result in a significant shift of society either strongly to the left or the right. Centre left and Centre right politics both involve a general association with centrism combined while leaning somewhat to their respective sides of the spectrum.
Libertarians strongly oppose any government interfering in their personal, family and business decisions. Essentially, they believe all should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another.
Left Right linear one dimensional political ideology does not do justice for all existent political ideologies. Political scientists improved the political ideological map over a period of time and started analyzing the political ideology in two dimensions coming up with charts like the Nolan Chart and the Political Compass. The Nolan Chart is a political view assessment diagram created by Nolan in 1969. The chart divides human political opinions into two vectors – economic opinion and personal opinion – to produce a type of Cartesian chart. It expands political view analysis beyond the traditional “left–right” line, which measures politics along a one-dimensional line, into a graph with two dimensions: degrees of economic and personal freedom. –Wikipedia
Nolan’s chart provides a pathway to label ourselves on the basis of our political beliefs. The world’s Shortest Political Quiz is based on the Nolan’s Chart and pinpoints where we stand in terms of political ideology. For those who are looking for more fancy titles for their political ideologies some political scientists have come up with five dimensional political compass which in its own quiz gives a jazzy label to our political ideology. I took both the quizzes and I was labelled “Centrist” by the Worlds Shortest Political Quiz and was labelled “Right-Leaning Authoritarian Interventionist Humanist Moderate” by the five dimensional political compass. I encourage you all to take both the quizzes to come in terms with your your political ideology.