Political Compass: Related Reading

Jonathan Haidt

The Righteous Mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion

Jonathan Haidt

Haidt deconstructs Conservative and Liberal (in the US sense) positions into projections of six “moral foundations”

Anders Aslund

Russia’s Capitalist Revolution: Why Market Reform Succeeded and Democracy Failed

Anders Aslund

A study of the Russian paradox of the success of capitalism and the failure of democracy.

Aldous Huxley

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Hugely important for some social libertarians and most social authoritarians significantly on the left. National leaders in the latter camp have generally attempted to make the state stronger, rather than work towards the Marxian principle that it should gradually wither away.

Adam Smith

18th Century economist and philosopher Adam Smith wrote this first-ever masterpiece in political economy. A champion of the free market, Smith was nevertheless not as entirely laissez-faire as his fans on both the libertarian and authoritarian right often claim. They tend to ignore the “moral” side of his teachings, which are reflected in his distrust of the motivations of businessmen.

Giovanni Arrighi

Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century

Giovanni Arrighi

A reexamination of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations with China and East Asia taking the reigns of capitalism from the west.

Wilhelm Reich

The Mass Psychology of Fascism

Wilhelm Reich

Repudiates the idea that fascism is the ideology or action of a single individual or nationality

Hans J. Eysenck

He constructed a tough-tender axis to the political personality

Theodor Adorno

… of the celebrated Frankfurt School blazed new trails in the investigation of prejudice