2016 was the year the Political Compass—that four-cornered chart mapping the political world onto two axes, left/right and libertarian/authoritarian—took off as a meme. People have written whole books making the case that there is more than one dimension to the ideological landscape; but a picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words:
Here's another one. I get the feeling the libertarian-left versions of Bobby Hill and George Costanza would get along:
Some versions of the meme, while funny, weren't entirely accurate…
…and some were more interested in making an absurdist meta-joke than anything else:
Some exist on a plane all their own:
And every now and then, one hit the mark so well that I'm not sure we'll ever need to expend any more words on the subject again:
The Political Compass: my pick for meme of the year.