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The right and the left are both two different ends of the spectrum, under which different ideologies fall, and both are characterized by certain principles. It is possible to move along this spectrum, as, for example, when discussing conservatism and liberalism. Why are some people called far-right and others far-left? Can there be any ideology between them?
The right-wing group includes ideologies such as conservatism, monarchism, nationalism, and others. The right supports the preservation of the old and the acceptance that people are different and can never be completely equal. In addition, the right-wing supports a free market economy and that the state interferes in people’s lives as little as possible or not at all. The right-wingers also do not believe in high state subsidies.
It should be mentioned that we are dealing with terms that help to define some concepts, but which change over time. Also, no party strictly stands for the left or the right. They rather adopt the characteristics of the majority on one side, but some principles on the other. Some political parties can take characteristics from both sides and be between the two, i.e. a centrist party.
The left unites ideologies such as socialism, social democracy, communism, and anarchism. Leftists believe that the state should intervene in people’s lives as much as possible, and for them, it is not a problem for the state to intervene in the economy. They believe that some or total intervention by the government makes it possible to distribute wealth more equally. In their eyes, people are equal and people’s well-being is the number one priority, so they also want greater financial support for citizens.
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