Left vs. Right
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Populism is a political style of action that mobilizes a large alienated element of a population against a government which is seen as controlled by an out-of-touch closed elite that acts on behalf of its own interests. The underlying ideology of Populists can be left, right, or middle. Its goal is to unite the un-corrupt and the unsophisticated (the ‘little man’) against the corrupt dominant elites (usually the orthodox politicians) and their camp followers (usually the rich and the intellectuals). It is guided by the belief that political and social goals are best achieved by the direct actions of the masses. Although it comes into being where mainstream political institutions fail to deliver, there is no identifiable economic or social set of conditions that give rise to it, and it is not confined to any particular social class.
Political parties and politicians often use the terms populist and populism as pejoratives against their opponents. Such a view sees populism as merely empathizing with the public, (usually through rhetoric or unrealistic proposals) in order to increase appeal across the political spectrum (cf. demagogy).
Left-wing beliefs are liberal in that they believe society is best served with an expanded role for the government.
Left-wing politics supports social equality and egalitarianism, often in opposition to social hierarchy and social inequality. It typically involves a concern for those in society whom its adherents perceive as disadvantaged relative to others (prioritarianism), as well as a belief that there are unjustified inequalities that need to be reduced or abolished (by advocating for social justice). The term left-wing can also refer to “the radical, reforming, or socialist section of a political party or system”.
The Middle in politics, also know as centrism or the centre is a political outlook or specific position that involves acceptance or support of a balance of a degree of social equality and a degree of social hierarchy, while opposing political changes which would result in a significant shift of society either strongly to the left or the right.
Sometimes classified as people who have an interest in politics but choose not to lean left or right in political spectrum’s and values.
Centre-left and centre-right politics both involve a general association with centrism combined with leaning somewhat to their respective sides of the spectrum.
Right-wing politics hold 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.
Hierarchy and inequality may be viewed as natural results of traditional social differences or the competition in market economies. The term right-wing can generally refer to “the conservative or reactionary section of a political party or system”.
Comparison Of Left vs. Right
|Left Wing||Right Wing|
|Economic Policy||Income equality; higher tax rates on the wealthy; government spending on social programs and infrastructure; stronger regulations on business.||Lower taxes and less regulation on businesses; reduced government spending; balanced budget;|
|Healthcare Policy||Believe that access to healthcare is one of the fundamental rights of all citizens. Support universal healthcare, the Affordable Care Act, expansion of Medicare and Medicaid.||Oppose government-provided universal healthcare and the Affordable Care Act. Favor competition to Medicare from private insurance companies; oppose Medicaid expansion.|
|Immigration Policy||Pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants; moratorium on deportations or prosecutions of undocumented immigrants who are young adults and have no criminal record.||No “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants; stronger border patrol and fence to check illegal immigration. Belief that illegal immigration is lowering wages for citizens and documented immigrants.|
|Education Policy||Favor expanded free, public education.||Believe parents who want to home-school their kids or send them to private school should be able to get vouchers for opting out of the public school system. Generally not opposed to Public education.|
|Views on Abortion||Generally in favor of abortion rights, and stem cell research.||Generally against abortion and opposed to stem cell research.|
|Views on Gay Rights||Generally support gay marriage; support anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBT against workplace discrimination.||Generally opposed to gay marriage; opposed to certain anti-discrimination laws because they believe such laws conflict with certain religious beliefs and restrict freedom of religion.|
|Views on Gun Rights||In favor of gun control laws like background checks or waiting periods before buying a gun; banning automatic weapons; and disallowing concealed weapons.||Strongly opposed to gun control laws; strong proponents of the Second Amendment.|
|Voter ID Laws||Against voter ID laws citing undue burden on lower income groups causing them to be disenfranchised.||For voter identification laws to combat voter fraud.|
|% of U.S. population self-identifying||23%||38%|
|Associated Political Parties||Democratic Party, Green, Socialist||Republican Party; Libertarians; Constitutional Party|
|Associated Media||The New York Times, MSNBC||National Review, Fox News|
|Ideologies||Social Democracy; Federalism; Socialism, Communism; Collectivism; Marxism||Capitalism; Conservatism|
|Famous Proponents of Ideology||Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Einstein, Barack Obama, Francois Hollande, Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Noam Chomsky, Warren Buffett.||Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, George Washington, Winston Churchill, George W. Bush, Mitch McConnell, Rupert Murdoch, Rush Limbaugh, Tony Abbott, Mitt Romney|