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When I say American left is not EU left I'm not suggesting different basic fundamentals as much as where everyone is placed within the political spectrum.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
For example, there are many people in America who believe that the Republican, right aligned people, are all about limiting the power of government. What they fail entirely to realise is that limiting the power of government means handing rights to ALL, equalising the footing of all communities, groups, no matter how defined or by what metric described. In reality, the right have no interest in ANY nation, of truly limiting the power of government. Their actual interest is limiting the power of anyone who falls outside a series of meaningless perceived norms.
For example, its not lefties who have been advocating for conversion therapies, or banishing people from the country simply because they pray differently, or bare a passing resemblance to a person that the population were told was responsible for an attack on America, despite the fact that the attack, the group that performed it, and its leader, are likely as not products of failed US foreign policy, more than they ever are an event that would have occurred without the support of the CIA.
Look at the issue of cannabis. Its lefties who have spent the most time advocating for the legalisation of the stuff. Again, this takes the power to arrest, to investigate, to interfere, away from government.
Its the fundamentals a person adopts as their totem, that decides their placement on the spectrum. This means that a lefty in the UK believes the same things, about the same subjects, as a lefty in the US, regardless of how well or not these things are understood in either place.