I’d like to address the failings of what we consider the Political Spectrum. Currently, we think of the spectrum to have the ‘Left’ on one side and the ‘Right’ on the other. Many flavors of governments are on one side or the other. You have groups like Marxism, Communism, Maoism on the left and Fascism and Nazism on the Right. This includes other forms like Dictatorships, Kingdoms, and Democracies. But this spectrum becomes confusing from all these flavors. The differences are just academic, don’t get hung up on the definitions. In fact, it is not the differences that we should spend our time with. It is the one thing that makes them the same. That one thing is that all government leans toward taking more and more power from the people over time. There is no real check on this power. The only check is a dynastic failure either by insurrection or collapse (or both). These kinds of government are the most common form of government on the planet (Socialism). There is only one exception and it is under assault. That exception is a Constitutional Republic. That is the United States of America. We are not a democracy, even though we are referred to as such. What makes it different is that there are checks on power. Madison eloquently stated: "In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example... of charters of power granted by liberty. This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness." This is why we are the Great Experiment. In the world, a right of liberty is granted to the individual by the state. It can also take it away. Our government took a radical approach, moving away from the status quo, where government cannot infringe on liberty (can neither give nor take), but protect. Governments can do one or the other, not both (no hybrids). Because of this, the political spectrum means nothing. It is a matter of degree as to how much control any particular government places on its people. This is why the current spectrum is obsolete. A better representation would be to take the current spectrum, find its center and fold it at that center, one side over onto the other. So that the extreme Left and extreme Right are now side-by-side (where they truly belong). Out of convention, let’s put total government to the Left and label the Left end as “100% government control” and the Right end as “0% government control” (Anarchy). Are you with me so far? I think this is much more accurate than the old system. It now becomes a one-upmanship trying to get to total government first, sacrificing the rights of the individual. Every single government starts on this line somewhere and there are only three rules on this line. Rule 1 states that governments can travel to the Left (100%) or Right (0%) at some specific rate dependent on the scenario. Rule 2 states that the tendency of any government is to slide to the Left (over sliding to the Right) on the line. Rule 3 states that no government can reach the 0% end (asymptote). Doing so is an act of transformation and causes the new government to slingshot back on the line somewhere. And now for the caveat. Our government is the only one on the planet that places proper restrictions on itself to provide protections of individual rights and that is now endanger. Most Democracies provide only protections for its citizenry’s wellbeing (maintenance of the equipment, not looking out for the individual per se). There is a difference between a collective of individuals and a collective of interchangeable cogs. The following clip explains it well. You just need to watch the first 2 minutes of this 10-minute clip. It is the middle section of a larger presentation “Overview of America" produced by The John Birch Society. It is narrated by John McManus. I’d recommend anyone to watch the whole thing.