Thought Of The Day - The True Political Spectrum

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An Education on Left and Right

So today I am going to try to explain the misconception or misunderstanding of what is the political left and political right, consider this a logical education.

So firstly lets take a look at the words Political Spectrum and what it actually means. The word political means relating to the government of a country, and the main context relates to government. So then what exactly does the word government mean, which is the action or manner of controlling or regulating a state, organization, or people. The main context in that explanation is control. The political spectrum is basically a scale of government control.

On the one end of the scale is complete control and on the other end there is no control. The left side of the scale is basically all form of government control and collectivism, and the extreme left would be some form of dictatorship or monarchy. The right side of the scale would be things like less government or limited government, more in the favor of the individual, with the extreme right being absolute no control like anarchy. This is pretty simple to understand right, well even collage professors seem to have a hard time fathoming this simple concept.


"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)." - Ayn Rand


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"The greatest bulwark against an overreaching government, as tyrants know, is a religious population. That is because religious people form communities of interest adverse to government control of their lives; religious communities rely on their families and each other rather than an overarching government utilizing force." - Ben Shapiro


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The idea that the right side of the spectrum is somehow equated with fascism is a gross misunderstanding of the basic meaning. There is very little difference between all the forms of collectivism, they are all pretty much the same dangerous animal. This misinterpretation of the left and right political dynamic happened somewhere after the second world war, and it was done so by the almost by mistake to make it seem that socialism was the opposite of fascism. Dinesh D'Souza does a really great explanation of this, I highly recommend you check it out.

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Thanks for the write up and sharing.
I always preferred the 2x2 or circular politcal spectrums. In my mind, they better highlight the areas where there is an overlap between philosophies.
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Thanks for the comment, my question is, how does as per your example, a totalitarian dictatorship equate to any form of individualism logically, when the two are polar opposites?

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I would not say they are polar opposites. It comes down to where the power is concentrated.
In totalitarian dictatorships and monarchies, the power is concentrated in a single individual person. In more anarchistic individualism, the power is spread out among all individuals. e.g. All people are their own kings and queens, and what minimal government exists would simply act as an arbiter between people-nations.

Useful post. It's a shame the 'true' meaning of left and right got so diluted. We would have very different conversation anno 2018...