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The fundamental difference between Left and Right

May 10, 2012
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What is the fundamental difference between Left and Right; between American “liberals”, or European “socialists”, and what the rest of the world calls “liberals”, that is to say, conservatives?

It isn’t religious fundamentalism, as much as the USA’s Republican party has tried to promote those prejudices–plenty of black people in the USA are religious “social conservatives”, but they vote for liberal politicians and policies.  It isn’t being a deficit hawk–right wing politicians have no problem spending tons of government money on wars abroad and jails at home.  It isn’t being for or against taxes–the USA’s Democratic party revs up popular support by promising tax cuts for the middle class, while conservative commentators push for poor people to pay more of them.

No, the difference is quite simple: a question of who’s to blame.

Rightists blame economic and social woes on people who don’t have lots of money: poor welfare recipients and immigrants, middle-class union workers.

Leftists blame economic and social woes on people who do have a lot of money: bankers and CEOs.

Once you understand this simple difference in thought, all the rest of their policies make sense.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. failedStatist permalink
    July 18, 2012 10:42 pm

    That’s a fairly useful abstraction (allocation of blame)

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