The political compass (and why libertarianism is not right-wing)

  title={The political compass (and why libertarianism is not right-wing)},
  author={J. C. Lester},
  journal={Journal of Social Philosophy},
  • J. C. Lester
  • Published 1 September 1996
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Social Philosophy
The political distinction between left and right remains ideologically muddled. This was not always so, but an immediate return to the pristine usage is impractical. Putting a theory of social liberty to one side, this essay defends the interpretation of left-wing as personal-choice and right-wing as property-choice. This allows an axis that is north/choice (or state-free) and south/control (or state-ruled). This Political Compass clarifies matters without being tendentious or too complicated… 

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