As part of my series on mapping the political space, I talk about two intellectual periods, the Enlightenment and the Romantic movement, that embody and inspire two clusters of aesthetics. I go over how both of these aesthetics can be used for good or ill, and discuss how these aesthetics are adopted by various political ideologies/camps.
This book analyzes a variety of fascist regimes in order to pull out particular tactics that are frequently employed by them. I discuss in more detail what I think is the psychology behind two tactics from the book: the mythic past and conspiracy theories.
I present a Triangle Map that sorts ideologies based on their orientation toward equality, freedom, and tradition. This yields 27 ideologies that span a larger part of the political space than previous visualizations. For each ideology, I present a diagram that shows similar and dissimilar ideologies. I also project the 27 ideologies into 2-D space as another way to visualize distance.
The author of this book read the writings of a lot of conservative intellectuals and uses that to describe the psychology of a reactionary -- a type of conservative who is largely driven by preservation of hierarchy, even at the expense of tradition. He describes the process that creates reactionary politics, which I summarize with a meme.