A Guide to Basic Differences Between Left and Right

The irreconcilable dividing lines.

Source of Human Rights

Left: government

Right: the Creator

 

Human Nature

Left: basically good (Therefore, society is primarily responsible for evil.)

 

Right: not basically good (Therefore, the individual is primarily responsible for evil.)

 

Economic Goal

Left: equality

Right: prosperity

 

 

Primary Role of the State

Left: increase and protect equality

Right: increase and protect liberty

 

 

Government

Left: as large as possible

Right: as small as possible

 

Family Ideal

 

Left: any loving unit of people

Right: a married father and mother, and children

 

Guiding Trinity

Left: race, gender and class

 

Right: liberty, In God We Trust and e pluribus unum

 

Good and Evil

Left: relative to individual and/or society

Right: based on universal absolutes

 

 

Humanity's Primary Division(s)

Left: rich and poor; strong and weak

Right: good and evil

 

 

Ideal Primary Identity of an American

Left: world citizen

Right: American citizen

 

How to Make a Good Society

 

Left: abolish inequality

Right: develop each citizen's moral character

 

View of America

Left: profoundly morally flawed; inferior to any number of European countries

 

Right: greatest force for good among nations in world history

 

Gender

Left: a social construct 

Right: male and female 

 

 

Most Important Trait to Cultivate in a Child

Left: self-esteem

Right: self-control

 

 

Worth of the Human Fetus

Left: determined by the mother

Right: determined by society rooted in Judeo-Christian values

 

Primary Source of Crime

 

Left: poverty, racism and other societal flaws

Right: the criminal's malfunctioning conscience 

 

Place of God and Religion in America

Left: secular government and secular society

 

Right: secular government and religious society

 

American Exceptionalism

Left: chauvinistic doctrine

Right: historical reality

 

 

Greatest Threat to the World

Left: environmental catastrophe (currently global warming)

Right: evil (currently radical Islamist violence)

 

 

International Ideal

Left: world governed by the United Nations, and no single country is dominant

Right: world in which America is the single strongest entity

 

Primary Reason for Lack of Peace in Middle East

 

Left: Israeli settlements in the West Bank

Right: Palestinian, Arab and Muslim denial of Jewish state's right to exist

 

Purpose of Art

Left: challenge status quo and bourgeois sensibilities

 

Right: produce works of beauty and profundity to elevate the individual and society

 

Guns 

Left: ideally universally abolished, except for use by police, the armed forces and registered sportsmen

Right: ideally widely owned by responsible individuals for self-protection and the protection of others

 

 

Race

Left: intrinsically significant

Right: intrinsically insignificant

 

 

Racial, Ethnic and Gender Diversity at Universities

Left: most important

Right: far less important than ideological diversity

 

Black America's Primary Problem

 

Left: racism

Right: lack of fathers

 

Greatest Playwright

Left: entirely subjective; there is no greatest playwright

 

Right: Shakespeare

 

War

Left: not the answer

Right: sometimes the only answer

 

 

Hate

Left: wrong, except when directed at the political 

Right: wrong, except when directed at evil

 

 

Cultures

Left: all equal

Right: some are better than others

 

America's Founding Fathers

 

Left: rich white male slave owners

Right: great men who founded the greatest society

 

Purpose of Judges

Left: pursue social justice

 

Right: pursue justice

 

National Borders

Left: a relic of the past

Right: indispensable for national survival

 

 

View of Illegal Immigrants

Left: welcomed guests

Right: illegal immigrants

 

 

Nature

Left: intrinsically valuable

Right: made for man

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