Freitag, 11. Januar 2019

World Map of Ideologies

I recently posted an essay about the importance of identities for politics and conflicts in our globalized world. One of the five identities was ideology. People subscribe to various ideologies and not all of them are represented in the government. Another problem is that the opinions of individuals are not somehow measurable and often don't fit into any classical ideological terms.

This map therefore shows the official state ideology. For democracies, this often is (classical!) liberalism (as in, freedom of speech and other ideas of classical liberalism are guaranteed in the constitution) or other moderate ideologies (conservatism, social democracy).

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Ideologies in this map:

  • Islamism
  • Traditionalism
  • Third Position (e.g. Baathism, Juche, Fascism, National Socialism)
  • Communism
  • Socialism
  • Centrism - authoritarian and democratic
  • Liberalism
  • Anarchism (just Antarctica and Bir Tawil)


  1. Hmm, Anarchism in Antarctica? Anarchy yes, for there is no government there by default. But not Anarchism, which is an ideology advocating no government at all, and that people can govern themselves. The most notable practical implementation of this ideology was in the Revolutionary Catalonia during Spanish Civil War.

  2. National Socialism in Algeria and Zimbabwe... What do you mean?

  3. India and many of the countries you've marked as "Liberal" explicitly state that they are socialist states in their constitutions. There aren't any communist states, there are states ruled by communist parties, but all are socialist by definition. And Venezula had a a socialist party in power, but their economy was 80% capitalist, ie not a socialist state. Socialist party ruling in a liberal democracy =/= socialist country.

    Most of this stuff is like two Google searches away. This might be worth another look if you corrected those points.

    Something I really liked was Juche being labeled as third position-ism. Russia and Belarus could POTENTIALLY fall into that as well, certainly debatable though.