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What Is Left Or Right Wing or Anarchism?

14/01/2012

The terms left wing and right wing are based on the seating arrangements in the French National Assembly, that preceded the Revolution. The basic beliefs of each side are still equivalent to those of the parties seated there.

Left wing refers to “liberal” or “progressive” views (to change things in ways that have not been tried before), based on the belief that people are basically good and the government has a responsibility to care for its citizens to some degree. Taken to its logical conclusion, left wing politics become socialism.

Right wing refers to “conservative” or “regressive” views (wanting things to stay the same or return to how they used to be). It is characterized by a belief in the natural selfish nature of humans and that achievement is equivalent to worth. The government should stay out of people’s affairs and not force the more productive citizens to subsidize the less productive. Taken to its logical conclusion, right wing politics becomes fascism.

In Australia the Labor Party is considered “Left Wing” and the Liberal Party “Right Wing.” However, there is substantial overlap between the views and policies of these parties. and neither conforms to a classical definition of the two.

Whereas, anarchism is defined as the political philosophy which holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, or alternatively as opposing authority and hierarchical organization in the conduct of human relations.

Use this information wisely my young apprentice.

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