June 23, 2008

Another Political Matrix

The other day I ran into another political matrix somewhat like Political Compass, but one that is morality based. So, what does it mean to be morality based?

The Moral Matrix has two Dimensions:

1. The Moral Order dimension defines your ideal view of the world. Achieving that ideal order is the goal of politics.
2. The Moral Rules dimension defines the rules you think are best to achieve your ideal moral order. Implementing those rules is the object of politics.

In short, your political opinions reflect what moral rules you think society should follow to reach or maintain your ideal moral order.

The X axis spans from the right to the left and includes the tendency and desire for conformity (right edge) to non-conformists (left edge). The Y axis spans from top to bottom and shows the tendency for interdependence (top) to independence (bottom).

Here's the 2008 Primary map for the candidates:

Moral Politics

Compare that to the Political Compass matrix:

Moral Politics

Where do you fall on the Moral Map? To find out, start here. How well do these matrices match the candidates? And yourself?

Posted by Mary at June 23, 2008 11:53 PM | US Politics | Technorati links |

I'm wondering about a metric that puts Dodd to the right of Biden.

Posted by: julia at June 24, 2008 04:21 AM

"activism" is an ideology ?

Posted by: Huskarl at June 24, 2008 07:07 PM

The text about Mike Gravel that comes with that second matrix points out the difficulty of these things - is it the old Mike Gravel on that chart, or the new one. In the case of Barack Obama, is it the rhetorical Obama, or the voting (or non-voting) Obama? You could ask those same questions about many of those politicians. They change over time, as do our perceptions of them, and what is right vs. left, liberal vs. conservative, etc.

Posted by: Cujo359 at June 26, 2008 12:21 PM