POLITICS OF WINGS

What differences between political wings account for different records of effectiveness?
THE LEFT WING THE RIGHT WING
Leftists insist on pursuing ideal goals through ideal process. Rightists often settle for pursuit of real goals through makeshift means. Sometimes, they institute process that serves their ideals but accomplishes little.
Leftists often question their own behavior to assure that it is consistent with their beliefs. Rightists can find strength in certainty. They are certain their way is right. They don't wonder why.
Leftists are easy to confuse with misinformation, because they seek a rational basis for action. Rightists thrive on misinformation.
When forming committees for action, leftists seek diversity. When forming committees for action, rightists seek people like themselves, loyal to themselves, and of one philosophy.
There are many groups on the Left, some difficult to define. There are three dominant groups on the Right: the greedy, the religious, and the violent.
Leftists foment division by calling each other by various names that are considered derogatory in certain contexts:
  • There are liberals, who are too broad-minded to take their own side in an argument (as observed by Robert Frost).
  • There are progressives, who do too little research to satisfy liberals that they know what they are doing.
  • There are utopians, who imagine an ideal world without human failings.
Rightists pay lip service to each others' values to maintain a united front.
Leftists, being egalitarian, try to bring everyone to their level, willingly or unwillingly. Rightists each strive to raise their own level. Where this is relative, it can involve knocking leftists down the ladder.
Leftists want change, but disagree about where that change should lead. Rightists are agreed that they want things to stay the same or go slightly backward in time along a trodden path.
Leftists serve individual conscience. Rightists tend to serve group conscience or none.
What the Left Wing wants to accomplish, it must find the means to realize. What the Right Wing wants done, it already has both the money and the blindly loyal effort to support.


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