Are You Right Wing or Left Wing?
Keep track of your disposition on the issues below and you will find out if your political philosophy is right wing or left wing. As used here the terms have the news media created meanings that left wing is a blend of socialism and liberalism and right wing is everything else.
Left- Every person is born into a club. The club is called society and it has rules.
Right- A person is born as a free agent into a situation. He/she belongs to any club by volition only.
Left- a democratic government is an historical organization that has unlimited power to control every thing and everybody in the jurisdiction. It takes direction from the will of the majority.
Right- a democratic government is a creation of the people, so the government is accountable to them and its power is limited by fundamental rights and possibly a written constitution.
Left- an economy provides the means for everyone to obtain a minimum standard of living.
Right- an economy provides everyone with their subsistence needs and the opportunity for more, based on merit.
Left- there are no differences between persons that justify discriminating selection.
Right- there are some important differences between persons that justify discriminating selection.
Left- there are no ‘a priori’ rights, only the rights granted by government or espoused by the United Nations.
Need begets a right to have the needs provided by everyone else.
Right- there are ‘a priori’ rights and they come before governments and their laws and before the UN. Governments are at fault if they are violated.
Need does not beget a right.
Left- our borders should be open, not barring anyone but criminals.
Right- the people of a country must control who crosses the borders or else there is no real country.
Left- everyone should get about the same because he/she is a human being. It is called “social justice” and is measured on a basis.
Right- justice means that a person should get what he/she deserves. It is therefore meaningful on the basis of the individual, not the .
Crime and punishment
Left- crime is, for the most part, the result of living conditions. Punishment should be based on social values.
Right- crime is the manifestation of personal morality. Punishment should accord with what the convicted person deserves.
Left- science should be corrected to include the latest liberal thinking.
Right- science must remain objective and protected as a believable store of knowledge.
Left- gender is a spectrum from extreme male to extreme female and one’s position in this spectrum is by personal inclination, not necessarily by anatomy.
Homosexuality has the same value to society as heterosexuality.
Right- gender is related to anatomy and a person is typical to his/her sex or atypical. Male-female coupling is the obvious pattern in nature and is necessary to procreate the species.
Homosexuality does not have that value but is allowable by fundamental rights.
Left- all students, from university down to kindergarten, should be indoctrinated in left wing ideology because it is undeniably true.
Right- education should not include indoctrination of any kind, particularly in an optional political ideology. Left wing indoctrination has become a serious matter.
Left- when speech and writing seriously challenges left wing ideology it has gone too far and should be banned.
Right- there should be no censoring of ideas. It is how we find the truth.
Left- a woman may choose to abort a baby in her womb at any time up to birth and this choice should be protected by law.
Right- the baby in the womb is a new human being and therefore has the fundamental rights that all human beings have. The first is security of his/her life and this should be protected by law.
Desired future society
Left- a steady, completely undifferentiated society of people with all having approximately the same standard of living and access to all institutions. A new Garden of Eden.
Right- a dynamic society of people with opportunity and justice, and many projects underway, driven by the twenty percent who take responsibility, risk their assets in business, and do eighty percent of the work.
Tell me if this is a good approach for facing the division between left and right wing people. If you like it please pass it on. Probably, there are better ways to present the list of categories and positions but I am not good with word processors.
Robert Stephen Higgins
My view is that right wing and left wing are meaningless terms. Also Socialist and capitalist. If you have a bank account you are capitalist. If you believe in a social safety net you are a socialist. the reality is that we are all both. The real debate should be central planning and control versus handing back power to individuals and society (personal responsibility).
"Right- there should be no censoring of ideas. It is how we find the truth."
Would you not censor ISIS recruiters?
"Left- all students, from university down to kindergarten, should be indoctrinated in left wing ideology because it is undeniably true.
Right- education should not include indoctrination of any kind, particularly in an optional political ideology. Left wing indoctrination has become a serious matter."
This isn't true and shows your bias and how indoctrinated you actually are.
I think the terms left and right have been misunderstood and generalized to the point of being meaningless.
Thugs are thugs, whether attacking the Capitol or declaring an independent zone in Seattle. Both are more and more confrontational. Both are now seeking to overturn the power structure. Both are resisting authority. Both feel under-represented and cheated by the voting system. Both know how to play the victim.
In addition the goal posts are constantly moving. A Kennedy Democrat in the 1960’s would appear right of centre in 2021. What’s considered “right wing” in Canada may look socialist in America.
Opinion is always a mix of ideas, and there will always be big business Democrats and even, on certain issues, left leaning Republicans. Better points of reference might be more specific: globalist/nationalist, elitist/populist, urban/rural, educated/uneducated, interventionist/isolationist.
The left vs right labels fit the prevailing narrative, but are useful only in creating false division.
I find some issues with your identication of differentiations and descriptions between the left and the right.
1 Immigration policy
Left- our borders should be open, not barring anyone but criminals. The lefy do not tend to discrimnate criminal status with illegal immigration much lest deportation due to crimes committed after entering the country.
Left- everyone should get about the same because he/she is a human being. It is called
“social justice” and is measured on a basis. The left does not apply social justice to
whites as they are considered priviledged offspring of the colonialist patriarchy. Therefore their basis of applied justice is discriminatory and racist.
3 Desired future
The left purport a belief in the poltential of some future but not the garden of eden which is the crestion of the white mans god whose follwers systemically racsit and subjucate the blacks and the POC. Interesting that Malcolm X clarified he was a Muslim with a profound belief in his creator/religionand tut his fundamental politics was black nationalism straight up. He appreciated his black christian brothers but identified himself as a warrior. The left is revising American history or at minimum is actively distorting the history being taught in school since the sixtysnd seventys. I'll keep thinking anout this and let you know if I see other issuies.