Exclusive !!! Poltical Typology Charts

 

Political Typology Project

 

There is much more to this than the following charts, but these are fundamental.
Picture quality is less than optimal inasmuch as each visual is a literal example
of cut and paste  –with actual paper and actual cutting and pasting of labels.

 

For optimal viewing it is advisable to open up your e-mail window,
that is, make it “taller”  than usual by using the blue bar at the top of the
window to expand its size.

 

The Basic Chart shows the system of classification in its simplest form.
All charts in this series use this schema. There are four categories, each of
which allow subdivisions into further developments of the idea. There are
absolutely no value judgements built into the chart, this is intended to
be an objective display showing  how different political philosophies
relate to each other.

 

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Using the preceding chart a variety of real-world political systems are shown
in a hopefully accurate location in the visual. Here some subjectivity may
well have crept in. Is Trotskyism really as close to Menshevism as
indicated ?  In retrospect this may not be the case. And at least some
versions of “Socialism of the Chair” ( aka Academic Socialism ) deserve to
be positioned closer to the center of the Socialist Revisionist box.
And so forth. Still, this chart ought to be useful enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are a number of different ways to be a Centrist. The following chart
attempts to classify these different philosophies of the political “middle.”
Again, despite my attempts to be clinically objective, in retrospect
some positioning can be questioned, especially Gramscism
being as close to the center as is shown, which I now object to
myself  –but this chart was done maybe 2 years ago even if
it is only being circulated now. Similarly, Technocracy, while
now pretty much a defunct movement,  might better be shown
further to the Right. And so forth. But at least here is a typology
of Centrism which can be worked with which, until now,
we have not had.

 

 

 

 

 

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The organizing principle of the very first chart is here used to break out
types of Libertarianism. If there are problems with the terminology
or positioning of philosophies, feel free to offer criticisms or
suggestions ;  this is a working model, not the Last Word.

 

 

 

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Since I personally object  –strongly–  to characterization of “Socialism”
in terms that Marxists make use of, here is my take on non-Marxist Socialism.
Given the great influence Marx had on the Left generally in the 20th century
it cannot be denied that there was spillover into some of these categories
along the way, but this schema shows an idealized non-Marxist picture.
Or mostly non-Marxist ;  the category “Social Democracy” includes
Revisionist Socialists of the Auguste Bebel and Eduard Bernstein
persuasion of Weimar Germany, for instance, or for Fabian Socialism
of the Webbs and GB Shaw in the first decades of the 20th century.
This kind of Revisionism , while not post-Marx, was a major step
in this direction even if it was not followed-up on later.

 

Most of these groups   –or the philosophies on which they are based–
today are small scale, but this was hardly true in the past and for a time
it was thinkable that one or another non-Marxist form of Socialism
might have become dominant in some locations.

 

A variant of Saint-Simonianism did, in fact, become very important in Brazil
in the late 19th century / early 20th century, Auguste Comte’s Positivism
( as it was called ), and hence his motto is still on the flag of Brazil,
“Order and Progress.” Guild Socialism once was dominant in Britain
as “pure” Saint-Simonianism was in the France of the 2nd Empire for
its first ten years, anyhow.

 

 

 

 

 

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The chart system allows for a wide variety of classifications, for example,
for historical political systems, such that Mercantilism can be shown in a
variant visual, as can Constitutional Monarchy, different kinds of Theocracy,
different types of despotisms ( handy for Latin America or parts of Asia ),
and so on.

 

Comments welcome.

 

 

 

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