Originally Posted by listopencil
Yeah, his design doesn't sit perfectly with me either. In every scale or spectrum I've seen there is a bias for showing that the other guys are just a few steps away from every evil leader that ever lived. I've seen a horseshoe shaped one as well, but I think there may just be inherent flaws in the concept of a political "scale" itself when attempting to show a link between multiple variables.
This forum had a few long discussions on this. My stand is that you can probably use any scale you want—depending on what you're trying to illustrate. It's just a graphic for what a person is analyzing.
I like the simple concept of too much or too little govt. It takes care of many multiple variables without having to be complex about what they are. In our original system the many variables aren't even supposed to be dealt with by the federal govt as per Federalist #45.