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Response to Fearless (Reply #45)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 02:57 AM

69. Your model seems to ignore differences on the left and right themselves.

Mainly, with the left you have authoritarian leftism and libertarian leftism. On the right, you have authoritarian rightism and libertarian rightism.

Sure, Gandhi was very far left on economic issues, but nobody serious would say he would use the same methods as another far leftist, Joseph Stalin, to achieve the same goal.

The same could be said of Adolf Hitler and Augusto Pinochet. Unlike Pinochet, Hitler's economic policies were pretty centrist with elements of leftism and rightism incorporated, while Pinochet's economic policies were hailed by the far-right as the model to emulate, going so far right as to privatize the nation's Social Security system entirely and advocating total deregulation of the markets in true law-of-the-jungle capitalism, yet in common parlance both are considered right-wingers because both advocate capitalism. It's just that Pinochet advocates totally pure capitalism.


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