The Political Spectrum
What a beautiful example of American over-simplicity.
The problem with this graph is that it lacks an understanding of what the systems mean or work in practicality. For example, if you were meaning State Socialism (USSR) then you’d be correct it does end up on the “less freedom” side. However, Socialism being an economic system (like Capitalism) and not a political system then it has both “control” and “freedom” aspects determined entirely by the political system.
You see, governments and economies are not the same thing. It is like how you can have dictators run capitalist economies, you can also have republics run a capitalist economy, or some other fashion between the Authoritarian-Democracy spectrum. The Left-Right spectrum is not really indicative of anything in and of itself, but just an over simplification of different concepts meshed together to create coherent propaganda.
The important thing that needs to be taken from this by the propaganda artists who made this is that Marxism, Communism, and some forms of Socialism are very much closer to Anarchist and more freedom by the very nature of their system. Marxism is a very libertarian friendly system as any libertarian who has actually read Marx would know. The propaganda that Marxism, Socialism, and Communism equate to control were all created through examples towards State Socialism without any understanding that these things are all different.
You’ve got it right, marxsrevenge. An excellent piece, comrade.
Government does not equal economics. If you ask me, there needs to be a separation of economics and state in the same manner and for the same reasons as the separation of church and state (okay, that’s a direct Ayn Rand quote. I just happen to agree with her).
This is why I’m a libertarian - I don’t know what’s best for other people, I don’t think that I (or anyone else [especially the government]) should be able to dictate someone else’s life for them. An anti-capitalist could say that capitalism fulfills that role as much as government does, but this is a position that I’ve come to accept as conspiracy theorist in nature. At the end of the day, the Marxist and the adherent to Austrian economics seem to be talking past one another.
There’s a saying (not by Ayn Rand this time) that says the difference between a capitalist society and a communist one is that communism can exist within capitalism (y’all can get together, buy land, set up a Marxist city and what nots), but capitalism cannot exist within communism. An anti-capitalist might disagree with this. I’d say that both can exist in the same society, as long as the government isn’t allowed to dictate the economic climate for everyone.
(Friggin’ Keynesians, ya know?)