Humans are social creatures. We rely on each other for virtually everything, from survival to merely having a reason to live. We are not omnipresent or omnipotent. Our natural capabilities are extremely limited, as is our knowledge. We require resources to survive, all of which are limited as well. It takes all of our first 25 years of life simply for our brains to finish developing. On our own, we are rather pathetic creatures, and this is why we rely on each other for nearly everything we need and want. But to live together, we must know exactly how. This is where politics – a necessary evil – comes in.
Most agree that political views are a spectrum, and this spectrum is divided into two categories: The left and the right wings.
Right-wing politics is defined as: Holding that certain social orders and hierarchies are inevitable, natural, normal, or desirable, typically supporting this position on the basis of natural law, economics, or tradition. Nearly every definition of ‘right wing’ that I could find, except the one I provided, could not define it without the word ‘conservatism.’ I reject the idea of ‘right wing’ and conservatism being one and the same. For lack of a better word, I will define ‘right wing’ as structuralism. I use structuralism as all-encompassing for right wing because of the words used in the definition above, with terms like ‘social orders and hierarchies’ said to being ‘inevitable, natural, desirable,’ etc.
Left-wing politics is defined as: Supporting social equality and egalitarianism, often in opposition to social hierarchy. In short, left-wing politics and egalitarianism are one and the same. Egalitarianism is defined as: Belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, social, or economic life. The active promotion of this belief. Those adhering to left-wing politics believe that some form of uniformity among any people, or all people, is possible and preferred.
Right wing claims, “We are not all the same and never will be, and/or shouldn’t be.”
Left wing claims, “We can all be equal to at least some degree.”
Finally, we have centrism, which is defined as: The belief that elements of left and right wing politics both hold certain truths. Centrists actively espouse what they believe are the best of both philosophies.
As stated, political views are a spectrum. The left and right wings are only sides of the spectrum. Numerous groups exist within both sides of the spectrum. In America particularly, and I can’t speak on behalf of other countries since I have never lived in other countries, it seems most people, regardless of political affiliation, believe that ‘right wing’ always means conservative, while ‘left wing’ always means liberal. This is a fallacy. Both sides of the spectrum exhibit a wide range of schools of thought.
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