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You are right that labels can confuse, especially internationally. But in the end in a political process one has to group and ally with others who may not share all opinions, but enough that one can go to the political process. And I think your way of putting up just the ones which have more against those who have less is pretty much oversimplified, both because how exactly redistribution takes place matters and because there are not only financial aspects of politics.
As well then one would expect countries like US or UK with relatively high social inequality to have their main left parties left of e.g. the German main left party, but the politicalcompass and the wiki says, that Labour in UK is even right of A. Merkel (who is economically clearly right of the center of her party) in both dimensions they consider.
And of course your putting up of goals vs. process orientation is questionable. Economic freedom is a goal, not a process.

I wrote this diary as a response of a comment of dodo, who is aware of the specific political situation in Germany.

Der Amerikaner ist die Orchidee unter den Menschen
Volker Pispers

by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Sun Feb 24th, 2008 at 12:34:23 PM EST
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