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




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



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



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




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



Left: not the answer

Right: sometimes the only answer




Left: wrong, except when directed at the political 

Right: wrong, except when directed at evil




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




Left: intrinsically valuable

Right: made for man

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