There is the 'left' and 'right' of mainstream politics, and there is the true left and right. Political ideas have been twisted from their original,
and true, definitions and ideals, and those falsehoods have become the common, or mainstream, understanding, or misunderstandings of those terms. But
in the real world the original definitions are still valid and relevant. Once you understand the true definitions, then what I'm waffling on about
Most people only understand the mainstream because they are either naive, ignorant of anything else, or too lazy to find out for themselves.
It's so easy to take a position based on the mainstream. You pick a label and the media tells you how to feel, how to think, what to be interested
in. It gives you the illusion of thinking for yourself because the mainstream perpetuates that thinking, and offers positive confirmation for it.
The media also perpetuates the desire to fit in, making it easier to direct your thoughts into accepting mainstream ideas.
It's all done to make someone else profit. Your whole life is directed towards you making someone else profit. Why do people become famous? Because
they make lots of profit for someone else.
It's not hard to spot those who are really not thinking for themselves, when they think they understand a particular political, or economic, idea but
fail to understand it's real meaning, and argue from the mainstream point of view. All these silly arguments against socialism wouldn't even exist if
they actually read a book, or two. But most are scared to even crack a cover, because they fear being wrong. I know that from experience.
Being 'left-wing' means nothing more than you are for government reform, from smaller to no state at all. The extreme being anarchism,
Being right-wing means you support the state system, and more authority. It's extreme being fascism.
That is how it has been everywhere in the world until the US right appropriated left-wing terms, and twisted their meanings. It was what Hitler did
in the 1930's. Some uninformed Americans still try to claim Hitler was left-wing because of his use of the term 'socialism'. Which was of course a
lie perpetuated by the American right in order to distance themselves from fascism. Not that it matters, only on the superficial level. Even IF
Hitler was a socialist (he wasn't) it doesn't mean socialism is bad. A hammer is a hammer, whether it's used to hit nails, or hit heads. We don't
hate hammers because someone used one for evil.
In their true definition everyone is either right, or left wing. It's not a label you choose, it's how you feel about authority and the state. It's
not a set of rules. The mainstream make it a set of rules. My left is not the mainstream left, but the true left who's goal is ultimately free
. Free of the restrictions of state, social class and authority, true liberty. The only logical, practical, way to do that is through
The original political meanings of ‘left’ and ‘right’ have changed since their origin in the French estates general in 1789. There the
people sitting on the left could be viewed as more or less anti-statists with those on the right being state-interventionists of one kind or another.
In this interpretation of the pristine sense, libertarianism was clearly at the extreme left-wing.
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