Proving the rational basis for the Left-Right political spectrum by logical analysis.
The Socialist-Left loves to play fast and loose with the language, absurdly and ironically labeling anyone not of their collectivist, Far-Left mindset as being part of a socialist worker’s party in Germany. Beside that lie that denies basic historical facts, they also assert that a fascist group really isn’t fascist because of its name or they call themselves ‘Liberals’ while they oppose Liberty, because reasons.
All of this is an effort to confuse the issue to gain more adherents to their cause. Our purpose is to demystify all of this by placing the various ideologies on the spectrum in their proper places by logical analysis. Starting with a setting out of the general characteristics of the political Left and Right.
The Right side of the political spectrum has these general characteristics:
- Limited government
- Decentralized economic freedom
- Individual liberty
The Left side of the political spectrum has these general characteristics:
- Unlimited government
- Centralised economic control
- Collectivized coercion
These facts are under-girded by the definitions of the various political ideologies here and here.
These data points prove that the governmental power or collectivized control is the only logical method for establishing the political spectrum. Other metrics fall well short of any kind of rational analysis, governmental power or collectivized control is the only one that holds up under practical and logical realities.
Governmental power or collectivized control increases as one moves from Right to Left.
It is important to understand that the basic principles of the political spectrum are verified by the ideological definitions. The general characteristics of the political Left and Right set up this as a linear ‘progression’ based on the logical metric of governmental power or collectivized control. Beginning with a zero amount on the Far-Right and increasing to a maximum level at the far-Left. This standard is confirmed by the definitions of the most common and logical political ideologies.
The zero point on the Far-Right where there is no discernible governmental power corresponds to the ideology of anarchy. Minimal governmental power or collectivized control corresponds to Libertarianism, then the already established placement of Conservatism. Followed by Liberalism on the right side of the spectrum, since that ideology is also imbued in Liberty and individual rights. These are all under the auspices of individualism.
Over on the Left side of the political spectrum, there are the collectivist ideologies of Leftism, statism, fascism, socialism, communism, etc. in moving towards the far-left of the spectrum. Totalitarianism and Authoritarianism established the Far-Left end point at complete governmental power or collectivized control.
Demystifying the political spectrum also means addressing the Leftist Lies on the subject that are generally the source of most of the confusion and the reason many are befuddled as to where they sit on the Left-Right scale.
Despite being factually illogical, the Left keeps on insisting that authoritarianism can exist at the far right end of the spectrum instead of the ideology of anarchy. Then there is the equally absurd notion that ideology of anarchy somehow belongs somewhere at some mysterious point on the Left side of the political spectrum.
Proving the Obvious: Far-Right on the political spectrum is equivalent to the ideology of anarchy.
File this under we can’t believe we have to prove what should logically obvious, but a rational analysis proves that the Far Right has to correspond to anarchy instead of any type of authoritarianism – socialist or otherwise.
We have firmly established that the political spectrum is a measure of governmental power or collectivized control. With the Far Right of the spectrum equivalent to anarchy with no government or collectivized control and the Far Left of the spectrum equivalent to totalitarianism or authoritarianism with total government or collectivized control.
Note that we have already proven that the Nazis were a socialist worker’s party here, here, and here. By extension the closely related totalitarian ideology of fascism also belongs on the far-Left. Nevertheless, many on the Left insist on propagating the nonsensical Lie that the Far-right end of the spectrum logically defined as being no government is somehow an overwhelming authoritarian government of collectivized control. Never mind that the general precepts of the right are the antithesis of authoritarian government.
Discontinuities disprove Leftist lies about the Far-Right.
In the discipline of mathematics, a discontinuity signifies a break in the logic of a particular function. With the subject of the political spectrum, a discontinuity signifies something that cannot exist.
Consider that as we have established, the progression of the measurement of governmental power is on a negative slope moving towards the extreme right of the political spectrum to the value of zero at the end. Since any type of authoritarian ideology would require a non-zero value in the metric of governmental power or collectivized control. The placement at the Far Right would require an incredible discontinuity or jump in the graphical representation of this value.
This would be akin to a vehicle slowly decelerating to a speed of zero and then instantaneously accelerating. This would of course be physically impossible, as would the Far-Right being anything but the ideology of anarchy.
Similarly, the situating of the ideology of anarchy anywhere on the Left would result in a discontinuity in the opposite direction. The article in Vox calling for the Left to ‘reclaim guns’ from the Right: I’m a left-wing anarchist. It’s time to reclaim guns from the right. Was from a self-styled ‘left-wing anarchist’, this person is describing something that cannot logically exist: someone who simultaneously wants both no government and unlimited government. This is akin to describing an object as being matter and anti-matter at the same time, a physical impossibility.
Politics is an imperfect science because it’s based on imperfect beings, the best we can offer are logical approximations of the political spectrum. But those who choose to confuse the situation with illogical lies are only doing so for their own cynical advantage. The point here is to demystify the situation and inform where someone may be situated on the spectrum, not to account for every niche possibility.
These are important points to remember:
- The general characteristics of the Right: Limited government, Decentralized economic freedom, Individual liberty
- The general characteristics of the Left: Unlimited government, Centralized economic control, Collectivized coercion
The dictionary definitions prove out the logical arrangement of the political spectrum with the authoritarian ideologies belonging on the Left. The political right has the values of Limited government, Decentralised economic freedom, and Individual liberty. That is why most people would prefer to be on the right side of the spectrum and why the Left tries to confuse the issue.
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