Triangle.128k: You just proved my point. The normal left-right political spectrum does not take into account libertarianism and authoritarianism into account. Thus the options for this poll are flawed since libertarianism can apply to all of them.
Triangle.128k: I get that, but that means all these options are invalid. You practically just said you're not taking libertarianism or authoritarianism into account, which means you just nulled the poll question. Libertarians can be everything on this scale here, thus the poll is invalid.
Triangle.128k: And I said if you're not including the Y-axis then you can't include libertarianism. You can be a libertarian centrist, leftist, and rightist. It doesn't matter where you are on the left or right political spectrum.
Imagine there are left and right wing policies of libertarianism. Each policy has it's weight in kilograms. If you took a balance beam and put all the policies together of an average libertarian, would the balance beam lean more left, right or in the middle?
To answer your question triangle128- Libertarians are in the top right quadrant of the spectrum. This is because the y axis is social freedom and the x axis is economic freedom. At the top there is complete social (or cultural) freedom and at the bottom there is total authority on personal matters. The economic left-right axis (the x axis) shows right wing at one end in complete economic freedom (the free market and Laissez-Faire Capitalism) and at the other end a totally planned and state controlled economy (Socialism and Communism). I am a Libertarian myself so take it from me.
Also National Socialism is in the bottom left, iron fist capitalism in the bottom right, syndicalism in the top left and true Anarchism (Anarcho-Capitalism in the top right (being an extreme of Libertarianism.
There is actually a square I found useful and accurate. You could draw it out if you want but it says.
Republican- pro economic freedom anti social freedom
Democrat- anti economic freedom pro social freedom
Fascist- anti economic and social freedom
Libertarian- pro economic and social freedom.
It's important to also look at how different sides handle issues as well.
For example a pro gay marriage democrat will mandate that businesses offer services to that group, where as a pro gay marriage republican respect all people's freedom and will just serve gays without mandating others do it. Another example, both democrats and republicans can think smoking is bad for non smokers. The republican will avoid establishments that permit smoking while the Democrat will mandate that all businesses be banned from allowing it. Republicans don't force their beliefs on others, where as Democrats love to.
No, Left wing is not social/political freedom. That is a lie. Left wing is economic state control and right wing is economic freedom. It is a purely economic scale. For the socio-political freedom the taxis come in. You can be Right wing and support socio-political freedom like Libertarians and Amarcho-Capitalists and you can be left wing and not supports socio-political freedom such as Stalin, Mao and National Socialism.
It just happens that because right wingers support economic inequality (which is inevitable with freedom), they also support tradition and cultural inequality.
I am Libertarian and I consider myself right wing.
If you want more information go on my recent debate.