Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Political Compass

As the US election rumbles into its final 2 weeks, the name-calling from the right has become shriller and stupider than ever. Wingnuts on both sides of the 49th have taken to continually and inaccurately and irritatingly referring to Barack Obama as a "Marxist" and a "Socialist". Therefore, I thought it would be instructive to take a look at where all the parties and candidates, Canadian and USian, stand on the Political Compass.

First, Canada's political parties:

Stephen Harper is to the left of his own party:

Now here's the chart for the US election, with Stephen Harper added to show where he stands in relation to the American candidates. And... whoops! Harpercons take note: Barack Obama is just slightly more Marxist than Stephen Harper (but not nearly as Marxist as the Pope).