Thursday, 20 June 2019

"Most people use 'right' and 'left' journalistically: to designate shifting bundles of social-political beliefs and attitudes. It’s important to remember that there are other positions completely outside the [bundles]." #QotD


"Most people use 'right' and 'left' journalistically: to designate shifting bundles of social-political beliefs and attitudes. The bundles are usually not internally coherent. So more analytic thinkers try to bring order out of mush by identifying multiple dimensions of contrast: individual versus collective, liberty versus authority, majority- versus minority-rule, etc. They abandon the simple one-dimensional left-right spectrum and use Venn Diagrams and other arrays better to capture the realities. And/or they add adjectives to clarify the genus-species relations...
    "Yes, there are differences within conservatism and between conservatives and the left. But national conservatism overlaps with national socialism which overlaps with international socialism. And when drawing the Venn Diagrams to clarify who belongs inside which circle, it’s important to remember that there are other positions completely outside the circles."

          ~ Stephen Hicks, from his post 'Against the new post-2016-Trump right too'
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