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Hmmm. Interesting :)
I think it's pretty good.
from a design point of view it's a hideously overcomplicated mess.
and have to sift through it?
a nightmare onscreen though.
If you go on http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/ there's loads of really well presented statistics and data.
That's the point.
and apparently "the US and Switzerland are the only countries in the world where red = right-wing and blue = left-wing"
but I'm not sure I agree with the statement that the goal of left-wing politics is personal freedom, its more equality I think, whereas right-wing politics is more about freedom.
It all about the age-old fact that freedom and equality, despite being so often quoted together, cannot both be fully achieved. Full, complete freedom (like survival of the fittest type thing) will innevitably breed inequality as the smarter/stronger rise to the top. Whereas To achieve equality, personal freedoms need to be restricted (higher taxes, economic regulation etc)
for instance right wing US is only interested in certain freedoms for certain people, the freedom to be unequal, the freedom to own guns.
But they are the opposite on other things, they believe in restriction on what uyou can eat or smoke or drink, they want to restrict the circumsatances under which consenting people have 'relationships' outside of marriage. They want restriction of movement on certain groups of people so the map is not really very useful
The american political system is screwed up in this sense. It's fairly easy to plot the UK parties on the left-right scale, but not so with the american parties. By my definition of left/right anyway.
Labour = right in left clothing
Conservative = right
True. That only applies to people who have been made right wing by their accumulation of obscene amounts of money and power.
"the world was fine as it was"?
it is pretty stupid.
is a spanner in the works too.
i've often said it irl but was never too sure.
right to bear arms (even if they are generally more inclined to support restrictions/gun control), they're also fiercely patriotic, believe in manifest destiny and are only marginally less supportive of laissez faire economics than the Republicans.
As with the Conservatives and Labour in the UK, there is very little blue water between the Democrats and Republicans.....but their 'left' is a lot further to the right than our 'right'.
our civilisation is old enough to have worked out that religion and politics are two completely different things, and should stay that way.