The American right is divided, but there’s one thing everyone agrees on: The American left is full of assholes.
There are plenty of articles like this one on how to get on the right, but if you’re looking for a new academic direction, it’s important to know what the left is all about.
I don’t want to sound like I’m going to be a moralist, but I think there’s a good chance you’ve heard of it.
What is the left?
The left is the ideological foundation of the American political system, and in its early days, it was not a good idea to be on the left.
The New York Times described the left as “the antithesis of American liberalism,” and the University of Chicago called it “the most dangerous political movement since the civil war.”
The left’s ideology was defined by a rejection of individual rights, a focus on economic justice, and a desire to replace capitalism with socialism.
The left argued that the United States needed to change from a country where the wealthy were mostly white to one where the majority of the population was African-American, Latino, Asian-American and Native American.
The Left’s Ideology In his book, “The Left: A History of the Radical Right in America,” historian Robert P. George wrote that “the left, however, has always been a force to be reckoned with.”
George wrote, “At its core, the left-wing movement is an ideology rooted in a desire for change, in an ideological commitment to democracy, in a belief that government should serve the common good, and, above all, in the belief that the public good, the welfare of the community, and the social order are best served when individual rights are respected.”
George noted that the left’s philosophy was based on the idea that “government is a moral authority” and that its purpose is “to make the government good for all of us.”
As George explained, this was “the central message of the left.”
The Left was a reaction to the “liberal revolution” in the United Kingdom, which was led by Queen Victoria, who saw the establishment of a “greater state” as an important step toward restoring the values that made her a champion of freedom.
This was a “revolution” that was not in the interest of the people, George wrote.
It was in the interests of the wealthy and powerful, and its purpose was to bring about the “greatest redistribution of wealth in history.”
The British were not only anti-British, they were anti-Christian, anti-Western, anti the “natural rights” of native people, and anti-Catholic, George argued.
George was not the first to point out that the Left’s ideology “is predicated on the denial of human rights.”
In the 1960s, historian Charles R. Colson explained that the “left-wing” movement’s philosophy came from the French philosopher Henri-Georges Clastres’ writings, which argued that “individual rights are the only moral values that are essential to human civilization.”
According to Colson, this idea “seems to me to be central to the politics of the right in the twentieth century, including, in particular, that of American right-wing nationalism.”
In his article, “How the Left Became a Right-Wing Political Movement,” Harvard political scientist Richard Hofstadter noted that many on the Left were “libertarians who had been attracted to a philosophy that emphasized freedom and individualism.”
Hofstadters argued that, while there were some people on the Right who opposed this ideology, there were many on both the Left and Right who agreed with it.
Hofstadts analysis also showed that the majority on both sides believed that the government should protect the common man.
Hofstedts conclusions were based on a number of empirical studies.
In his 1965 book, The American Left: Its Origins and Modern Reactions, Hofstadting cited studies that demonstrated that, “a significant proportion of American intellectuals are right-libertarians.
The majority of those who say they are ‘right-libertarian’ are actually quite liberal in their outlooks and values.”
Hofstedt further explained that while the “mainstream right-liberal,” such as former Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, had opposed the Civil Rights Act, the majority “were all ‘libertarians,’ or, at least, had some inclination toward it.”
Hofstetts conclusion, however was that there were “some elements of right-Libertarianism” that “have become mainstream.”
Hofstadtts research also revealed that, despite the “consensus” that the American left was the “best thing since sliced bread,” there was still a wide range of views among Leftists.
Hofstadts research revealed that some left-Libertarians considered themselves to be “socialists,” but there were also some “leftists” who “felt that the best way to help the poor was by giving them more government assistance.”
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