Left wing political terms have been appropriated by the capitalist class in order to confuse and divide the population.
Before WWII the working class of the World, were (arguably I guess) mostly left wing socialist, because they new what it really was (the workers
ownership of the means of production). WWII wiped out and weakened that generation of working class. After WWII the propaganda machine went into
full service and the new right, the new fascism, appropriated left wing terms, such as libertarianism. The new post war generations didn't learn
about real socialism, which was pre-war talked about openly on the streets. It was the politics of the working class, not of world leaders hell bent
on personal power and glory.
The Spanish Revolution
really scared the establishment and they supported the fascists,
Hitler/Mussolini/Franco, when they were killing socialists. The European establishment/capitalist class was pro-fascism, it was the ideal system for
them. They used those three leaders to destroy the working class, and then established a new form of fascism, using social engineering instead of
jack-boots and guns, pretty much world wide.
Most people don't realise that even the term 'capitalism' is a left wing term, and should not be defined by capitalists. But all left wing terms have
been redefined since WWII by capitalists in order to weaken it's power.
'Capitalism' was a term first used by Louis Blanc
, a French socialist, and he defined it
as "the appropriation of capital by some to the exclusion of others." It was defined by Marx as "the private ownership of the means of production",
the system that replaced feudalism.
The most obvious contradictions from this is 'libertarianism' in America. "Libertarian" was originally another term for Anarchism used first by
, a French anarchist, in "La Libertaire, Journal du
Mouvement Social" (The Libertarian, Journal of the Socialist Movement, aka Anarcho-Socialism, Libertarian Socialism). Anarchism is a form of
"Anarchism is stateless socialism", Mikhail Bakunin
. (Not French lol)
Traditionally those who demanded government reform were the left wing, the right wing wanted to maintain the establishment, or even increase it's
authority. If you take that into consideration, you can clearly see the motive for the right to redefine left wing terms. They have simply removed
any real economic opposition they had, taken power away from you and me.
edit on 3/14/2012 by ANOK because: (no reason given)