Libertarian Vs. Authoritarian: The Real History Of The Left/Right ParadigmSubmitted by thenung on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 10:30
'One aspect of modern American politics that renders it so impenetrable to many people are the myriad labels assigned to different systems of beliefs. Even more confusing is the insistence of Our Great Informers to split every issue into Left versus Right, or Liberal versus Conservative. Republicans are supposed to support militarism and economic freedom, but don't extend that freedom to many social issues such as drugs, sex, etc. Democrats are supposed to be opposed to war and support social freedoms, but don't extend that freedom to economic issues. But with libertarians like Ron Paul becoming more and more popular, many people are beginning to wonder where they fit in the Left/Right paradigm, because libertarians supposedly have qualities of both the Left and Right.
We're told that the extreme of the Left is Communism, such as what we saw in the Soviet Union, Communist China, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, etc. We're told the extreme of the Right, diametrically opposed to Communism, is Fascism; as in Fascist Italy, Spain, and Nazi Germany.
We're told that liberals, Democrats, progressives, communists, social liberals, greens, social democrats, socialists, democratic socialists, 'civil-libertarians,' and anarchists are all members of the 'Left.' Meanwhile, Republicans, conservatives, neoconservatives, capitalists, 'economic-libertarians,' social authoritarians, monarchists, theocrats, nationalists, and fascists are all members of the 'Right.'"
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