A political spectrum that simply measures Centralized vs. Decentralized control

I saw this fascinating graphic – a political ideology continuum that turns the axis vertical to avoid the “left vs. right” paradigm we usually see and which isn’t always accurate. The top represents the most government control – central planning, authoritarian, etc. The bottom is the least government control – localized control only, or anarchy. This is in some ways a much more useful way to view and discuss political opinions today. In this graphic, both German Nazism and Soviet Communism would be together at the top, while a confederated, tribal system of local authority would be near (but not at) the bottom.


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