If you like to chat about political philosophy in the abstract, you may want to head over to the American Scene, where Noah Millman’s trying to develop a taxonomy to get at some of what we miss when we try to fit everything on a single spectrum. His three axes are:
- liberal vs. conservative (attitudes toward the individual and authority)
- left vs. right (attitudes toward social/economic winners and losers)
- progressive vs. reactionary (attitude toward past and future)
Of course, there’s much more detail in the original post. It seems to me that Millman’s basically got the right idea, even though a few kinks need to be ironed out. As for me, I’m probably a conservative left reactionary, which makes me the opposite of Andrew Sullivan, who’s a liberal, right-wing progressive. Where do you put yourself? What do you think the taxonomy misses?