11 February 2010

"Left" vs."Right" - The debate that confuses

Consider the most basic point: what is "left" and what is "right?" Dictionaries tend to only offer for definition, for instance, that leftism means the principles and views of the left whereas rightism means the principles and views of the right. They do not actually specify what those "principles and views" are, and for good reason. There are no 'principles and views' that are necessarily right but not left or viceversa. The terms are arbitrary. They can mean anything or nothing, and often do. What is "left" to you may be "right" to me, or to my grandpa, or to a person in another state or country or in a different language.

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