The Lancet study explained
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Charles Johnson - 11/2/2004
"In Right-wing political philosophies, political power rises from the bottom up. These would include true democracies and representative republics. In Left-wing political philosophies, political power originates at the top and moves downward."
This is not what the terms were made to signify, and it's not how they've historically been used. In Revolutionary France (where the terms were coined) the "Left" were those (among them many classical liberals and libertarians such as Frederic Bastiat) who argued for the sovereignty of ordinary people, claimed that government could have no rights except those that people chose to give it, and defended the right of those people to make fundamental changes to the structure of government. The Right were those who argued that the absolute authority of the King was sanctioned by Almighty God.
If you want to clarify how the terms are used, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind would recommend that the clarified terms have at least some connection with their historical use.
Stephen Wade - 1/6/2004
And I thought I was the only one who recognized Fascism for what it is: a totalitarian, left-wing political philosophy. I would like to redefine left-wing amd right-wing. In Right-wing political philosophies, political power rises from the bottom up. These would include true democracies and representative republics. In Left-wing political philosophies, political power originates at the top and moves downward. This includes all totalitarian philosophies such as communism, fascism, socialism, monarchies, dictatorships, etc.
Today's American liberalism is also left-wing by this definition.
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