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A theory is helpful if it captures enough of the world to at least illuminate whatever problem one is trying to solve. A problem I once had was trying to explain to my fellow students how libertarianism is not simply “right-wing” (along with fascism, racism, etc.). A version of the political compass seemed to solve that problem in many cases: https://jclester.substack.com/p/the-political-compass-and-why-libertarianism

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