On Political Labels

Politics is such a big subject I have decided to limit my opening thoughts to the singular question: What do the terms Right Wing, Left Wing, Liberal, and Conservative mean?

It seems you can’t turn on or read a political commentary without someone throwing out one or more of the above terms. Worse yet, everyone seems to have their own private meaning for these terms, and it’s all too common to discover a single position being tauted as an example of more than one position.

To avoid the commonalities that could muddy the waters when looking at the position called the centre, I have endeavoured to start by taking a closer look at the extremes before working my way in.

The following chart depicts my progress to date:

The Radical Left Position

The Radical Right Position

Begins with

The Rise of a Highly Charismatic Leader

The Rise of a Highly Charismatic Leader

Who gathers around him

A group of likeminded individuals

A group of likeminded individuals

Who tap into

The common dissatisfaction of the people

The common dissatisfaction of the people

By promising

That if they are put into power they will wipe away those things the anger the populous the most

That if they are put into power they will wipe away those things the anger the populous the most

Then they grant

Special power to the police and/or military to act as needed for the common good

Special power to the police and/or military to act as needed for the common good

While

Demonising those who speak up or protest in any way

Demonising those who speak up or protest in any way

Until such people

Have been marginalised to the point that they can be separated from society and disappeared or otherwise eliminated

Have been marginalised to the point that they can be separated from society and disappeared or otherwise eliminated

With these clear differences to guide me, the trip into the centre should be a cakewalk.

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  1. #1 by renxkyoko on 27/05/2011 - 05:42

    I’m speechless, but yes, it makes sense.

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