time-to-time. I have noticed something unusual: no matter the country political opinion seems to flow along a diagonal
line from left-libertarian to right-authoritarian. No country seems to have a spectrum going from left-authoritarian to
right-libertarian. Check it out for yourself: Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, and Ireland to name a few. One
of the few exceptions was Britain where things are a little chaotic. It should be noted that Britain didn't buck the trend
entirely, its just fuzzier. I'm rather curious as to why this is. After all it may say something about the intersection between
economic and social beliefs.
Another trend worth looking at is what I call the 'Moderate Nazi Effect'. Stated simply, the closer a party comes to being
fully authoritarian the less able it is to be fully economically right wing. On the face of it this makes sense. If neo-
liberalism can be described as extreme withdrawal of the state from the economy and social safety net it is at odds with
the basic tenet of authoritarianism: everything must be controlled. Similar currents may exist throughout the political
landscape and presents the interesting possibility that, just as the one-dimensional model of politics was shown to be limited, the two-dimensional model may have to be tweaked to account for a certain 'lumpiness' of the political spectrum
which makes moving in certain directions easier for parties.
The above is important to consider since all of Canada's parties have been drifting rightward (as, if fact, most parties have
worldwide). I will end off with a display of my abilities with MS Paint: