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Diagramming the American Right

I remember watching the 2011-2012 Republican presidential primaries and predicting every single major event before it happened while the talking heads on abcnnbcbs/fox took everything as a surprise and made no correct predictions (that I saw) about the major events. I don't believe the media outlets are trying to obscure things; they really are confused by it, but in spite of that arcane complexity of the Republican/conservative electorate that the media portrays, I believe that over 90% of the American right can be defined easily and accurately by just four parts. This can be used to explain both voters and campaigners. Of course, there can be complications over whether a politician believes in his own rhomney, uh, rhetoric, but this would explain what a politician needs to say to win votes. Naturally, the four ideologies overlap, creating 13 groups altogether. Just 13 groups from four ideologies. I have included a Venn diagram -- though it is still a work in progress:

In order to find monikers for the groups, I have used some terms here in a more general or a more specific usage than normal. War Hawks here are those who support a strong and active military at home and abroad (e.g. national defense, preemptive strikes, nation building). The Religious Right are those who support traditional American values (e.g. pro life, traditional marriage, English language). I use "Libertarians" here not of the non-aggression principle per se, but of those who want to limit or reduce the size and scope of government. Partisans are those whose main objective is to win elections -- even if it means giving up on some principles. Among the politicians, they are what some call "electable," and others call "RINOs" (Republican In Name Only). Among the voters, they are those who look for electability in a candidate as the primary quality or at least an important quality.

Note the diagram is positive not negative. Thus while Moderate Conservatives are the intersection of War Hawks, Partisans, and Libertarians but NOT the Religious Right, they do not necessarily all oppose traditional American values (even in a candidate). They just don't actively campaign for those values.

I have not found names for two of the groups: the War Hawk/Religious Right/Partisan(but not Libertarian) intersection, and the Religious Right/Libertarian/Partisan(but not War Hawk) intersection. Please share your thoughts if you can think of good titles for those groups, or any other title changes or other improvements.

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I like it

A suggestion for the two blanks: how about "typical FOX viewer" for the top, and "silent majority" for the bottom?

I'm probably off on the latter, maybe "silent majority of registered Republicans"...but that's not exactly catchy.

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Great diagram

For the two blanks perhaps establishment or mainstream for the top one and small gov, grass roots, non interventionist, nanny state or pro peace for the bottom?

"Made in America" Cons on top

"Made in America" Cons on top and Utilitarian conservatives on bottom :) I don't have any great thoughts. Say last election in between Santorum and Romney you have Newt Gingrich. His conservatism brand would be towards the top. The bottom would be like farming/rural conservatives who tend to be utilitarian, hard-working, practical and less likely to care about grandiose wars.

Also you would have to be in

Also you would have to be in that blue libertarian circle to be considered "conservative". Partisans and Social cons are kind of fake and the war hawks are military Keynesian-types so definitely not conservative.

Definition of the Word "Conservative."

Interesting. That mostly depends on your definition of the word "conservative." That is one of those words which I call "fuzzy words"; they're words in common usage that many people define differently. I think the most common definition of "conservative" in an American political context is of those who support big military, traditional values, and smaller everything else. Or in other words, spending is only one part of the conservative equation. I agree that a lot of conservatives (like Limbaugh or Santorum) are fake, but only because some of the beliefs associate with conservatism are not always logically consistent. I still think those fakers fit into the broader spectrum of what is usually defined as conservative.

Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!

"Patriotism should come from loving thy neighbor, not from worshiping Graven images." - ironman77