politics

Left-Wing v Right-Wing

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Politics seems to be the new trend. It’s at the forefront of everyone’s attention and we all want to get involved. Either that or my age is reflecting my interests! Although the recent turnouts at the polling stations seemed to say otherwise.

Until relatively recently I wasn’t even sure what ‘left-wing’ and ‘right-wing’ even meant. Now there seems there is a clear gap between the two and ‘left-wing’ seems to be the increasingly popular persuasion. This has made me wonder how people settle into their preferred ‘wing’ and whether there is any benefit to a right-wing society.

The definition of left-wing (“The radical, reforming, or socialist section of a political party or system” https://en.oxforddictionaries.com) suggests that the current system is right-wing. By definition, right-wing is concerned with enterprise and private ownership as well as opposing any reformation from the left-wing (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com). This makes sense considering we are living in a capitalist society, and sure, there is some need to concern ourselves with the trade that keeps our monetary system afloat, but why does it all need to be privately owned? Wouldn’t it be better if we all worked together?

Rather than the conservative’s organisational perspective of private ownership, socialism gives the power back to the people. This could mean the decentralisation of the system and the localisation of power over production and trade. So the power is taken away from the large corporations and given back to the people – no more monopolisation of basic human requirements such as food, fuel and medical care. That doesn’t seem so bad does it?

So why are the righty’s such advocates for the corporations? Are they still conditioned to believe that they are acting in our best interests? That they care more about the people and the environment than they do about money and power? It’s no coincidence that the rise of socialist views corresponds with the realisation of the corruption of the modern world. Or that people have started to take a dislike for the concentration of wealth – the 1%.

I was going to try and write neutral post, but I guess I’m a lefty through and through! Here’s my depiction of a ‘righty’ in 3D:

“Righty”
Plasticine
2017
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