In my comment on the other post I made this comment:
I used to think that is how [the bell curve eluted to by Peter] the political spectrum worked in the country. Lately I have been thinking of it more as a horse shoe. I say this for two reasons. In some instances the far extremes are getting closure to each other then the majority of the people and they also appear to be moving further away from the majority of the people.
The other problem I have been having with the whole right/left political spectrum is that it just doesn’t seem to be accurate enough. By reducing things to either right or left many important issues and positions are marginalized.
For instance where do you put Nazis on the political spectrum? They came from a socialist party but you wouldn’t group them in with say the green-rainbow party would you? Same with Marxism.
I’ve been using the political compass lately instead of the left/right. On that I find myself in the south east, repubs in the northeast and dems in the northwest with some in the southwest. I try and put candidates I would vote for on this compass and usually find myself having to choose between weather I economically or socially agree with a candidate. I have yet to find a mainstream candidate that falls in the same quadrant as me.
Of course a debate ensued on where the Nazis belong on the political spectrum.
My position is that Nazism came from the political left since it started from a socialist worker party.
Nazis were authoritarians, which can have both left and right economic beliefs.
Nazis did believe in many socialist economic policies, such as capping profits on private corporations, nationalizing certain means of product, increasing social benefits, etc. The exception is that they wanted these things for only Germans to benefit.
However, the belief that one group of people is so sub-human that you can justify death camps, gas chambers, etc. is no where on the political spectrum.
So based on this, I think that Nazis had some left leaning tendencies, but generally do not fall any where on the traditional political spectrum.
As I said in that other post, the political compass is a better way to describe political leanings rather then the straight left/right spectrum. In that case, Nazis would be Authoritarian with slight lean to the left.