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Why is political bias ranked on a left-right spectrum?

What about Libertarianism? How did you rank Reason (a Libertarian publication)?

If you think about political dimensions beyond the left-right divide, you are a more astute political observer than most. We use the left-right dimensions because most Americans, whether sophisticated or unsophisticated, recognize that at least these dimensions exist. They exist, in part, by virtue of our two-party system. We recognize that there are additional dimensions, and that many people who are very politically engaged have room for nuance outside of the left-right dimensions.  For further reading, we recommend this article on the dimensionality of Trumpism by Prof. Maxwell Stearns of The University of Maryland Law School.

RE: Reason Magazine:

Reason is a pretty unapologetically libertarian publication. Many libertarians like to think of themselves as centrists because of the whole “socially liberal/fiscally conservative” policy positions, but there’s pretty broad consensus among Democrats and Republicans that Libertarians’ governing policies align with Republicans more than Democrats. This consensus, we believe, has arisen because any Libertarian-friendly politicians in elected positions (there aren’t many, but, for example, Ron and Rand Paul) typically identify as or caucus with Republicans. Also, Libertarians in government tend to not be super interested in implementing new laws (less government!) that would actually protect or advance progressive policies. We believe this is why liberals/progressives/Democrats tend to not vote for Libertarians, while some Republicans do. But notice that Reason is not rated as the most conservative (left-to-right) publication. If you look at  individual articles on the Interactive Chart and on Reason’s Individual Source Page , there are some rated farther to the left because of the particular political issue being discussed.