Political Hierarchy

My Political Hierarchy Chart

"Political tags-such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth-are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire." -- Robert A Heinlein

I designed the chart below to show the relationships between the various political philosophies. As you pass from freedom at the top, through apathy in the middle, down to the authoritarians (those who wish to control or punish others) on the bottom, you pass through all of the ways that people relate to one another. It is obviously not "to scale" as I think that "apathy" would dominate the page if it were, and that the "authoritarian" bubble would also be much larger. This should be a 4-dimensional chart, with the top and bottom meeting in a loop to be connected by another line, and with different areas growing or shrinking over time. I would need a holographic video to properly illustrate this. I feel it is possible to jump from one area to another, but is more likely that movement will be between adjacent areas. Political power would probably be wielded by the largest "non-apathy" area, but could possibly be held by the most vibrantly active area instead.

Anarchism is the only part of the chart that is not a form of statism. Even apathy is usually a statist apathy dwelling deep inside the superstitious belief in "authority".

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