It is not a secret that I like finding odd and unique taxonomies. I like the reminder that taxonomies exist in all parts of our lives and world. With the political energy in the United States alone over the past year, I have often thought about trying to approach some sort of taxonomy, visual or otherwise. I should have known such a thing has already been tackled. The National brought us this interesting information in their article, “The unusual taxonomy of political parties and beasts.”

This particular taxonomy isn’t focusing on the United States, but the global political climate. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you fancy yourself, I think you will find this interesting.

In South Korea, a progressive politician with socially conservative views recently won the presidential election. France’s new president-elect is a banker who served in the outgoing socialist government and describes himself as a “radical centrist”. In Britain’s ongoing campaign, the governing centre-right Conservative Party is successfully co-opting the far-right UK Independence Party’s issues, some of its language and a lot of its energy. India’s prime minister, who came to office on a Hindu nationalist free-market platform, has started to lean left as a class warrior. Here in the United States, a billionaire with no discernible religious sympathies was successfully able to present himself as a champion of the working classes and of conservative Christians.

So what would that taxonomy look like again?

Melody K. Smith

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