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Intheintroduction,weexplainedtheinadequaciesofthetraditionalleftrightline.

Ifwerecognisethatthisisessentiallyaneconomiclineit'sfine,asfarasitgoes.
We can show, for example, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung and Pol Pot, with their
commitment to a totally controlled economy, on the hard left. Socialists like
Mahatma Gandhi and Robert Mugabe would occupy a less extreme leftist
position. Margaret Thatcher would be well over to the right, but further right still
wouldbesomeonelikethatultimatefreemarketeer,GeneralPinochet.
Thatdealswitheconomics,butthesocialdimensionisalsoimportantinpolitics.
That'stheonethatthemereleftrightscaledoesn'tadequatelyaddress.So we've
addedone,ranginginpositionsfromextremeauthoritariantoextremelibertarian.

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Both an economic dimension and a social dimension are important factors for a
properpoliticalanalysis.ByaddingthesocialdimensionyoucanshowthatStalin
wasanauthoritarianleftist(iethestateismoreimportantthantheindividual)and
thatGandhi,believinginthesupremevalue of each individual, is a liberal leftist.
Whiletheformerinvolvesstateimposed arbitrary collectivism in the extreme top
left,ontheextremebottomleftisvoluntarycollectivismatregionallevel,withno
state involved. Hundreds of such anarchist communities exisited in Spain during
thecivilwarperiod
You can also put Pinochet, who was prepared to sanction mass killing for the
sake of the free market, on the far right as well as in a hardcore authoritarian
position. On the nonsocialist side you can distinguish someone like Milton
Friedman,whoisantistateforfiscalratherthansocial reasons, from Hitler, who
wanted to make the state stronger, even if he wiped out half of humanity in the

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The chart also makes clear that, despite popular perceptions, the opposite of
fascism is not communism but anarchism (ie liberal socialism), and that the
oppositeofcommunism(i.e.anentirelystateplannedeconomy)isneoliberalism
(i.e.extremederegulatedeconomy)

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The usual understanding of anarchism as a left wing ideology does not take into
accounttheneoliberal"anarchism"championedbythelikesofAyn Rand, Milton
Friedman and America's Libertarian Party, which couples social Darwinian right
wingeconomicswithliberalpositionsonmostsocialissues.Oftentheirlibertarian
impulsesstopshortofoppositiontostronglawandorderpositions,andaremore
economic in substance (ie no taxes) so they are not as extremely libertarian as
they are extremely right wing. On the other hand, the classical libertarian
collectivismofanarchosyndicalism ( libertarian socialism) belongs in the bottom
lefthandcorner.
In our home page we demolished the myth that authoritarianism is necessarily
"right wing", with the examples of Robert Mugabe, Pol Pot and Stalin. Similarly
Hitler, on an economic scale, was not an extreme rightwinger. His economic
policieswerebroadlyKeynesian,andtotheleftofsomeoftoday'sLabourparties.
If you could get Hitler and Stalin to sit down together and avoid economics, the
twodiehardauthoritarianswouldfindplentyofcommonground.
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U.S. neoconservatives, with their commitment to high military spending and the

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global assertion of national values, tend to be more authoritarian than hard right.
Bycontrast,neoliberals,opposedtosuchmoralleadershipand,moreespecially,
the ensuing demands on the tax payer, belong to a further right but less
authoritarian region. Paradoxically, the "free market", in neocon parlance, also
allows for the largescale subsidy of the militaryindustrial complex, a
considerable degree of corporate welfare, and protectionism when deemed in the
national interest. These are viewed by neolibs as impediments to the unfettered
marketforcesthattheychampion.

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