Political axes

Dimensionality reduction for the Great Society

Liam Bright’s axes: Social justice warrior/Intellectual dark web, and Sexy murder poet versus Basically nice bureaucrat

I used to complain that the decomposition of politics into “left” and “right” was arbitrary and unhelpful and should be done away with. Now I believe that people choosing to interpret the richness of the great human project in terms of partisan categorisation is unavoidable, so I am advocating for some other axes to decompose it into instead, descriptively or prescriptively.


Inference from data

Presumably many, but the one I saw a seminar on was Leibon et al. (2011).


Baumann, Fabian, Philipp Lorenz-Spreen, Igor M. Sokolov, and Michele Starnini. 2021. “Emergence of Polarized Ideological Opinions in Multidimensional Topic Spaces.” Physical Review X 11 (1): 011012. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevX.11.011012.
Leibon, Greg, Scott Pauls, Daniel N. Rockmore, and Robert Savell. 2011. “Partition Decomposition for Roll Call Data.” August 13, 2011. http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.2805.
Nilsson, Artur, Henry Montgomery, Girts Dimdins, Maria Sandgren, Arvid Erlandsson, and Adrian Taleny. 2020. “Beyond Liberals and Conservatives: Complexity in Ideology, Moral Intuitions, and Worldview Among Swedish Voters.” European Journal of Personality 34 (3): 448–69. https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2249.

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