No pictures of hot politicians in this post. Sorry to disappoint. I've started rereading Tom Kratman's A Desert Called Peace and that generally gets me thinking about politics. I recall following a thread in the KratSkellar on Baen's Bar. In the course of the thread the Col. Kratman said that Jerry Pournelle's political model based on Cartesian axes was flawed. I seem to recall that Mr Kratman was a proponent of the standard left/right model. His reasoning, I believe was that there are regions on Mr Pournelle's political axes that are logically uninhabitable and I think there is some validity to that argument.
Contrarily I don't think that the left-right model quite works either though. But I think that I've come up with the perfect model for the political spectrum. Wait for it......an annulus, because anything that comes from the same root word as anus has to be appropriate when talking about politics.
On one side of the anulus is a bulge, the hemorrhoid of sanity. That is the portion of Pournelle's political axes where the views can be coherent and logical (sane). As you move clockwise from the hemorrhoid you're driving down the Hershey highway of socialism and communism and conversely counter-clockwise your rocking the rectal road to becoming reactionary. Ultimately going too far down either proctological path takes you to the fissure of brutal repression aka totalitarianism.
I hope you've enjoyed my tongue between the cheeks political analysis.