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© Brooke Clarke 2011

Nolan Chart (Wiki)

Using a 2-axis view you get 4 groupings:
Left-wing: (Democrat) hi personal freedom and lo economic freedom
Right-wing: (Republican) lo personal freedom and hi economic freedom
Libertarian: hi personal and economic freedom
Populist (totalitarian): lo personal and economic freedom

There are two problems.  First, the Democrats and Republicans no longer represent the classical economic - social ideas.  Second, these ideas no longer represent what the people want.  For example where does the monetary system, defense spending, campaign reform, war, etc. fit on this 2-dimensional chart? They don't.

Today's world requires a blending not only of the classical 2-axis (social and economic) freedoms, but also of other considerations.
Nolan Chart

Classical liberalism (Wiki)

 "a philosophy committed to the ideal of limited government, constitutionalism, rule of law, due process, and liberty of individuals including freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and free markets."

Economic liberalism (Wiki)

"It is one the main components of the ideology of capitalism. It is an economic philosophy that supports and promotes laissez-faire economics and private property in the means of production."  The Republican party promotes this idea.  Starting with Ronald Reagan (Wiki) and the philosophy of Milton Friedman (Wiki) this has been the economic policy of the U.S. to the present day.

Social liberalism (Wiki

"is the belief that liberalism should include social justice. It differs from classical liberalism in that it believes the legitimate role of the state includes addressing economic and social issues such as unemployment, health care, and education while simultaneously expanding civil rights. Under social liberalism, the good of the community is viewed as harmonious with the freedom of the individual."  The Democratic party promotes this idea.

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