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    jlb1972, Neon Vincent, Dbug

    Thanks for the comments on the taxonomy. The chart is specifically analyzing primary center ideologies, what they name as their center, and why they unfold an internal logic along predictable and destructive paths. The reason why the American system was left out is because the American founding was wholly different.

    The founders were establishing a principle of each individual as a center in contrast to the King’s claim to be the center. For the American founders, no person had true claim to exclusivity as the center, but as a center, each person had equal right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." In short, every center has the inalienable right to pursue the fulfillment of one’s potential, not in isolation, but as a connected union of individuals. It was a dynamic center that recognized centers on a multiplicity of levels -- as individuals in pursuit of one's happiness, as We the People, and as embodied as equals with the frame of the (Deists') Creator and time.

    This dynamic center is different than the Marxist center which is firmly located in the collective singular. Note also that the American founding ideal of each person as a center is fundamentally at odds with Rand who by repositioning the center from the Marxist collective organism to the center of the organism of the self, in effect, retreated to the ordained centrality of the King – it’s just that any sufficiently rational person could claim his or her own kingship or czardom as the case may be. Whereas the American translation of the Enlightenment recognized all men as a center, Rand would demand that each man should establish himself as the center, existing in a quasi-vacuum as the King or Czar of one’s own universe.

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