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I'm not one for politics.
I don't really know about the differences between right a left, apart from what someone told me; I was told that the left believed in equality, with some communist views, whereas the right is more democratic but can have some fascist views.

I haven't been well informed on politics. I guess it's all a matter of opinion. But I'd like to be able to make my own decision and figure out where I stand.
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Left and right typically refer to ones economic stance. Being left-wing usually means being in favour of government intervention in the economy whereas being right-wing Means advocating minimal economic intervention.

Although some people use the terms left and right to mean ones stance on social issues such as race relations. These people usually characaterise conservative views as right-wing and progressive views as left-wing.

You might find it useful to look at the political compass.
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"The left" is what people who identify as right wing blame anything on that they disagree with.

"The right" is what people who identify as left wing blame anything on that they disagree with.

Left and right wing have a number of meanings in politics, but most of them are very loosely defined so it's not really useful to think about issues in terms of left v right the majority of the time.
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I can't answer your question, but I know that the terms originally came from the way people sat at the National Assembly during the French Revolution - the delegates who sat on the right of the hall were royalists, and those on the left were revolutionaries.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left%E...right_politics
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(Original post by ridersofrohan)
Left and right typically refer to ones economic stance. Being left-wing usually means being in favour of government intervention in the economy whereas being right-wing Means advocating minimal economic intervention.
Dat moment when you realise communism is an ideology of dismantling the state and capitalism is about the government sending its goons with guns to steal and force people to buy your ****.
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I wonder what he's looking at.

Also, if you believe in trickle down economics, you'd also be promising him someone else's fish
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(Original post by Zahir.exe)
I'm not one for politics.
I don't really know about the differences between right a left, apart from what someone told me; I was told that the left believed in equality, with some communist views, whereas the right is more democratic but can have some fascist views.

I haven't been well informed on politics. I guess it's all a matter of opinion. But I'd like to be able to make my own decision and figure out where I stand.
The Nazi's weren't that economically right wing, you might want at their policies
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"Left", economically in favour of greater taxation (usually on those who earn a lot, but on the general population too), more state spending on social programs. Left is a spectrum itself, there are extremists who are communist and want total economic equality and then centrists who are okay with a market but want to maintain those elements of high spending (like Tony Blair).

"Right" economically tends to be in favour of less taxation and government spending and less intervention in the economy. Of course just like left you have extremists, although the extreme right is more associated with hatred against immigrants rather than an extreme desire for a pure free market economy, although there are some rightists in that spectrum. You also have moderates who believe in some state intervention but not loads.

What you cannot decide using the "left" and "right" labels are foreign policy, or approach to foreign nations. This varies amongst different groups. George W Bush was a right wing interventionist willing to use military force, but Tony Blair was centre left and equally willing to use military force. Nor does the right and left labels determine approach to trade, i.e. whether they support free trade or want to protect domestic industry with tariffs on foreign imports (generally considered foolish by economists). Trump is a right wing protectionist, but there have been left wing protectionists in the past too.

Basically, left and right doesn't tell you the whole picture so you shouldn't just judge based on that. Research their policies, see if you agree or disagree and vote from there.
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(Original post by h3rmit)
I wonder what he's looking at.

Also, if you believe in trickle down economics, you'd also be promising him someone else's fish
i think he is more of a bacon sarnie guy ?

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(Original post by Zahir.exe)
I'm not one for politics.
I don't really know about the differences between right a left, apart from what someone told me; I was told that the left believed in equality, with some communist views, whereas the right is more democratic but can have some fascist views.

I haven't been well informed on politics. I guess it's all a matter of opinion. But I'd like to be able to make my own decision and figure out where I stand.
Bsically the left are focused on equality of outcome , the right are generally focused on equality of opportunity.

The left believe in government regulation , high taxes,deficit spending, nationalisation whereas the right believe in a laissez faire society, personal freedom , low taxes, minimal government intervention, balanced budgets, privatisation .

This is a very general description as positions on the left and the right vary hugely, take the political compass test and i side with to see where you stand.
https://uk.isidewith.com/
https://www.politicalcompass.org/
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(Original post by Sycatonne23)
"Left", economically in favour of greater taxation (usually on those who earn a lot, but on the general population too), more state spending on social programs. Left is a spectrum itself, there are extremists who are communist and want total economic equality and then centrists who are okay with a market but want to maintain those elements of high spending (like Tony Blair).

"Right" economically tends to be in favour of less taxation and government spending and less intervention in the economy. Of course just like left you have extremists, although the extreme right is more associated with hatred against immigrants rather than an extreme desire for a pure free market economy, although there are some rightists in that spectrum. You also have moderates who believe in some state intervention but not loads.

What you cannot decide using the "left" and "right" labels are foreign policy, or approach to foreign nations. This varies amongst different groups. George W Bush was a right wing interventionist willing to use military force, but Tony Blair was centre left and equally willing to use military force. Nor does the right and left labels determine approach to trade, i.e. whether they support free trade or want to protect domestic industry with tariffs on foreign imports (generally considered foolish by economists). Trump is a right wing protectionist, but there have been left wing protectionists in the past too.

Basically, left and right doesn't tell you the whole picture so you shouldn't just judge based on that. Research their policies, see if you agree or disagree and vote from there.
This is a good description.
Its woth saying the left use keynesian economics whereas the right use monetarist economics( Friedman, Hayek).
Although you can get right wing keynesians ( arguably regan and trump)
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(Original post by h3rmit)
I wonder what he's looking at.

Also, if you believe in trickle down economics, you'd also be promising him someone else's fish
If you believe in socialism eventually you will run out of other people's fish.
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(Original post by Dez)
"The left" is what people who identify as right wing blame anything on that they disagree with.

"The right" is what people who identify as left wing blame anything on that they disagree with.

Left and right wing have a number of meanings in politics, but most of them are very loosely defined so it's not really useful to think about issues in terms of left v right the majority of the time.
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The left want wealth to be shared more (e.g. more tax and benefits).

The right think everyone should be responsible for themselves (to an extent).
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If you believe in socialism eventually you will run out of other people's fish.
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The problem with capitalism is you run out of people. Also, if there are people who can fish in other countries at a fraction of the price, and hide your fish in offshore refrigerator accounts, you'll lose the already tiny fish homage you were getting earlier.
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