Left? Right???????

  1. What IS the right?

    What IS the left?
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Jul 31, '03
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Tilleycs
    What IS the left?
  4. by   2ndCareerRN
    What IS the Port?

    What IS the Starboard?

    Shouldn't we all be on an even keel and not listing to far in either direction?

  5. by   Shamrock
  6. by   maureeno
    Left and Right... 02-04-2003 09:43 PM

    Often we hear the terms left/right to label political orientations This phrasing came out of the French Revolution. In the 1789 New National Assembly the Nobility and Clergy [people with power, money and property] were suspicious of including the masses in decision making. They sat on the right side of the hall. On the left side of the hall sat the Third Estate, those who demanded a Constitution and limitation of the King's power and thought the franchise [vote] should include everyone. So the terms left/right have come to define positions on government and its relationship to capital. [capital is wealth which is capable of producing more wealth]
    The Right advocates capitalistic expansion of private enterprise, a system where those with wealth are free to make more wealth and the functions of government are limited to policing and war. The Right wants less government in the areas that serve human beings and more in the areas that protect capital and the pursuit of private profit. The Left has generally advocated broad implementation of democracy and government interventions to regulate coporations and re-distribute wealth more evenly among the population.

    In the US the left [liberals] have often devised failed 'reforms' in reducing poverty and the right's unfettered capitalism has lead to an increasing gap between rich and poor, environmental devastation and electoral campaigns polluted by money.
    Our foreign policy has often been in the interests of capital protection, even to the point of undermining elected democratic governments.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I dunno, in some cases the lines blur. However, I find both extremes quite unpalatable, period. Neither "party" worth a plug nickel to me.
  8. by   Nurse Ratched
    Other classic philosophical questions:

    "Who am I? Why am I here?"

    ADMIRAL JAMES STOCKDALE (Ross Perot's running mate)