But a goal I try to imperfectly strive for when pondering difficult political (or any) concepts is to seek out additional axes when a single axis doesn't seem to lead(me)to any help in understanding the concept. Not enough axes is a problem(results in bewilderment) too many axes is also a problem(results in confusion.) So a goal is, finding the right number of axes to understand a given concept. And by axes, I just mean, independent/orthogonal 'classifiers' or directions in which to examine the concept.
Looking for the axes is actually a corollary of a deeper bias of mine; looking for the inevitable gradient. Not just in science pr engineering topics, but in everything. Including politics. Including love. I literally mean, in everything. I've found only one concept in this universe devoid of gradient; we call it Death. I've no interest in Death.
Early in my adult life, when pondering poltics, I was drawn by singular vs. plural, and became sensitive(to a fault) to singular being over-applied. 'The' Economy.... 'The' "S"ociety, etc. I've also found "can may should" to be useful classifiers. Also, free vs forced association.
This helped me with some confusion I had over my own interpretation of Rand; at one level, when I was younger and first exposed to her, I interpreted her as leading a (necessary) reactionary war of "I vs. We". Made explicit in Anthem. But I think that is an incomplete over-simplification, because it is too easily deconstructed into 'every man is an island nation onto himself, waging an endless reptilian war against all.' A more nuanced(to me)interpretation of 'We' distinguishes the 'we's (plural) formed via free association vs. the We (singlular) formed via forced association; it is only the latter-- singular Totalitarianism--, I think, that Rand was, and her ideas still are, at war with. With that additional 'axis' I find it harder for Rand's detractors to spraypaint her ideas with cartoon accusations(not that it will stop them in the least; they must cling to their attacks on her or confront a horrible self-realization, bordering on existential crisis); eventualy, to me, those additional axes corral her detractors into a corner along with rapists and slave owners, which if I were them, I'd find an uncomfortable corner to be in.
Of course, to them, the villians in all that are folks who introduce the new axes. Why can't we stick to their script and keep this all about selfish reptilian sinner I vs. selfless saints We? Because political life is so easy when opponents agree to act like the offered sand bottom blow up clowns, waiting only for the next punch.