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A key actual difference between the left and the right

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There are two world views at war.

In one, the left's, the people are most important. Their interests. What's good for the broad public - opportunity, money, freedom, civil rights, and a lot more.

 

In the other, the right's, the people don't matter. Only the few on top matter. The people are just a burden - it's not unlike how a rancher would view animals. At best, the desire is to give them minimal care to profit from them. At worst, they're pests to kill.

 

Anything the people get more than that, they're merely lucky at the wonderful generosity of those at the top to let them have it, why aren't they more grateful.

 

Few on the right are as extreme as to actually push that worldview totally, but it does easily justify higher concentration of wealth and power, less for the public's housing/medical care/education etc.


But this is the basic choice - a government that makes the economy and the laws benefit the people broadly, or a government that makes the economy and the laws benefit the few on top and has little to no concern for the rest of the people, at least far less, just trying to get the most productivity for the least expense possible. Which is why wages are flat for decades now.

 

And this is how to understand right-wing politics - that the issues don't matter for them other than to get votes to get power to get money.

 

So the left tends to work hard on issues - how can we improve education, how can we improve justice, how can we improve medical care, and so on, while the right's only concern is 'how can we get our servants elected to they can run things for us'. They simply hire candidates, marketing, campaign consultants, to try to win by saying anything that will get them votes.

 

And this is important to understand, so people aren't trying to take the right's politics seriously as well-intended solutions to issues. They're instead things like smoke screens to justify bad policies or simple pandering.

 

Just as a few rich people tell young men about patriotism and glory in order to get them to kill and risk their lives in wars for the benefit of the rich, right-wing politics tells voters about things like patriotism and 'conservatism' and falsely uses words like 'morals' to get people to vote for them.

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I've characterized it like this:

  • Some people want to ensure that everyone who deserves something gets it... even if that means that some undeserving person also gets something they don't deserve.
  • Some people want to ensure that no undeserving person gets anything they don't deserve... even if that means that some deserving person doesn't get what they do deserve.

You see this in the attitudes to crime and imprisonment, social security, medicare, medicaid, unemployment insurance etc

 

Some people go so far as to want the death penalty to be very quickly imposed so as to make certain that it is imposed ... even if that means it will be imposed unjustly on a few people.

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ALL human progress come from PROGRESSIVE thoughts and ideas...and this concept founds the LEFTIST's unrelenting desire to continually challenge the status-quo, as a means to drive constant improvement and advancement of the species, as a whole.

The RIGHT sees the LEFT as a threat to "their" traditions.....and their refusal to even participate or ask for a seat at the Table of Humanity's Future shows just how dangerous their irrational, envy-driven hatred of all progress and all evolutionary cultural changes really is.

 

If America was TRULY healthy as a society, with an evenly-balanced Yin / Yang or Left / Right battle for the best ideas....then sane, sober, fact and science-driven Conservative thoughts, ideas, and actions wouldn't present any kind of threat to our small-d democratic Republic.

But now, here in 2019, after we finally elected a non-White Minority President, and have moved to achieve Marriage Equality, and the New Rise of the Women;s Movement beckons and TRUE Gender Equality is knocking on our cultural door...... the RIGHT now sees it faced with a LOSING battle, and is claiming ALL societal change is Evil.

They are so angry now, after losing EVERY single Culture War issue these past 50 years that they have become purely reactionary and mercenary, to the point they are completely denying the inarguable threats to America that are present, all around us. The RIGHT sees no solution to being on the wrong side of history outside of an all-out Civil War 2.0 to attempt to FORCE America back into the old White Male Christian Patriarchy they hold so dear, a time when America was truly "great"...but only for White Christian males.

 

The RIGHT is also hopelessly infected with the worst Neo-Confederate / Pro White Identity vermin in all of America, the angry descendants of all the original Civil Rights Era Pro-Segregation advocates and the other present-day current proponents of White Supremacy.

When our current 1/3 of America that actually still idealizes White Identity beliefs originally was cast out of Eden and instantly scurried over the the GOP after and angry Lyndon Johnson booted them out of the Democrat Party, way, WAY back in 1968, the die was cast. The Republican Party welcomed those all that regressive vermin and took their first step towards the Abyss. 

Now, the chickens are all home to roost, and the GOP, along with Steve King, can no longer deny that every American Klan Member, every StormFront supporter, and EVERY member or supporter or advocate of all the Neo-NAZI / White Identity / Right-Wing White Religious Conservative Hate Groups out their in the hinterlands supports Donald Trump and the Republican Party ideological Party Platform. White Power Hatred has a Happy Place, and that Place is the RIGHT.

 

Will America's two sides ever come back and reunite as a whole, outside of being forced back together to fight as a pair of co-joined twins to face-down some future REAL existential threat to our Nation? I seriously doubt it.....and sadly, I think the only peace we will ever achieve between the Progressive LEFT and the Regressive RIGHT will have to be a Carthaginian Peace. They may have the guns, but we have the numbers...as Jim Morrison once wisely opined. 

 

By the way, is it hard for anyone else to believe that it was 50 years and 4 days ago when this seminal, Rock and Roll-changing album first dropped? I was all of 14 years old.....

 

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Left and Right I always look at through mostly an economic lens.  The government directs more of the economy, or less.  Taken to the extreme in either direction you get disaster.

 

Both sides are interested in trying to maximize personal freedom, at least here in America.  One group thinks that if the state provides more of a safety net, individuals will be empowered to participate in their society and will succeed more.  One group thinks that if you know you'll get nothing if you don't work for it, you'll get better results out of people.

 

You have to let your kids get hurt and struggle.  If you don't you'll raise very confused adults who will suffer from extremely high rates of depression and anxiety.  But you don't want kids getting hit by cars and falling off of cliffs and swilling antifreeze all over the place.  People need to feel their lessons, that is true.  But there are limits, and we should make reasonable efforts to empower everyone to have a fair shot to learn something, to do something useful, to live a decent life.  Part of that is feeling the sting of your bad decisions.  The other part is, nobody learns anything good from watching the unlucky get amputated from the society.

 

How come right wingers advocate hardcore Spartan morality and ethics when it comes to helping poor people who may not have done anything except be unlucky, but get all thoughtful and subtly nuanced when explaining to us why we need to bail out piece of sh!t bankers who have been promising us how much they know and how it's all under control when the economy blows up?

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I think the right likes to characterize people who want an economy that benefits all people as the far left. When you do oversight and bring in topic experts to help determine a better approach to important things like health care, education, and dealing with climate change in a meaningful way, you get slammed for being too far left. 

 

Doesn't matter if studies show that medicare for all will save money and save lives,  or that spending more on education and valuing educators in public schools by giving them the tools and power to deliver a well rounded education for all people will strengthen our democracy in immeasurable ways. Doesn't matter if you show that spending on climate change mitigation, spending on retrofitting all buildings with green technology, investing on ways to get away from fossil fuel use, while at the same time building a much more advanced power grid will create a better world for those living now and those who will live in the future - while not doing these things is fits the definition of being insane. They will still call you leftist. 

 

I noted that Craig234 spoke about the difference between left and right, and not the difference between conservative and liberal. I think that is key. 

 

Peace!

 

 

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Special shout out goes to AOC and the dedicated young people who worked so hard to get her elected to Congress! These were the same young people who worked for Bernie Sanders and the dream of one day changing the political landscape to bring to the fore a true progressive government that works for all the people!

 

Peace!

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