posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 12:35 AM
reply to post by polarwarrior
Really there is no center. I don't really fully understand how Americans interpret left and right, but historically it's a measure of authority. The
more right the more authority, thus fascism is far right, the more left you go the less authority, anarchism being the extreme left.
Left and right does not mean two different political parties who are supposed to be opposites. That is not how the rest of the world sees left and
right. Both your political parties are right wing, the conservatives being farther to the right than the liberals. There is no left wing in your
government, at least not where is makes any difference.
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.
Edit; well I just realised I'm repeating myself, already said this, oh well it's just early onset dementia, no big deal, I'll be alright in the
edit on 1/27/2013 by ANOK because: (no reason given)