Right vs. Left [Infographic]

August 25, 2012 |  by  |  Politics

Well it’s been another four years. Time to divide again. Whether you like it or not, most of American society is divided within the political realm. Sure we have the Greens and the Libertarians and others, but statistically speaking voter turnout for the two major parties (Democrats and Republicans) has always far surpassed that of the third parties for a long time. Though the terms Democrat and Republican stood for very different left-right beliefs at the time of their conception, today we can firmly say that Democrats lie on the left and Republicans lie on the right of the political thought. But what exactly does that mean?

The left-right political spectrum has been a common way of expressing political positions and ideologies for many years. As in France, the right can be said to be ‘the party of order’ while the left can be called ‘the party of movement’. It’s the eternal struggle that human civilizations must face through time – should we do things based on previous thought or new ones, should we remain or should we change? Of course depending on the current ‘reign’ of office, change can be an operative word depending the opponent. As we shall see in the upcoming weeks, these candidates will represent their parties, though it’s not to say that they will always stick with the pack. They are individuals with their own opinions after all. This infographic merely serves as a map of sorts to give an overall conceptualization of the left-right spectrum so that we can see where these two presidential candidates are coming from, and the values of their political leanings. [via]

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  • Stephanie

    I love your work and this one is a good idea, but it is DEFINITELY a bit biased. :(

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  • Sylvia

    Interesting and comprehensive classification, but a thorough generalization, and heavily biased.

  • Mac0swaney

    Interesting, in as much as it tries to speaks to extremes. (Though obvious artist is being a bit obvious as to their own inclinations.)

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  • http://twitter.com/russeltarr russeltarr

    Well presented but completely biased. Shouldn’t be presented as an “Infographic” when its objective is clearly to persuade rather than inform.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1485656281 Sonnet Gothro

    lol – yeah that whole bit about Republicans not interfering with social lives and society is so off it isn’t even funny. Tell that to the LGBT community. Based on that misstep alone, I can’t even enjoy the rest of your “info” graphics because I can’t help but wonder what the hell else is totally off.

  • Kris

    The obvious bias presented in that graphic, and the extremes it’s showing, make it pretty much impossible to take seriously.

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  • Nini

    I’m sorry but this is biased. I was sincerely excepting to find something that could help me to see where are my interests and values (though I live in Canada and it’s more in attempt of « Liberal or not Liberal ? » / even worse, in my province the Liberals are considered the Right and their priority is business-business). I can’t say this is an infographic: the person who did it clearly want to persuade us that if you’re not a democrat you’re obviously a villain.

    • KDude

      Your liberals are classical liberals. Our liberals are communists.

  • the_concerned_citizen

    Not the most politically informed are you…

  • d.r.young

    Very nice job on the graphic, you illustrate your thoughts well. It seems you have fallen into the trap of accepting that communism and fascism bracket the spectrum. Both are oppressive systems. A spectrum does not have similar items on either side. Perhaps the person who came up with this spectrum originally could only see as far right as a fascist State, which has more freedom then communism, but government still delegates and restricts “freedoms”. A spectrum with “enslavement” on the Left, “freedom” on the Right, gives a workable dichotomy. Any political philosophy can be placed along the spectrum based on how much freedom its citizens may or may not have. Communism is obviously the most slavish form of government by actual practice in modern time, and rightfully belongs on the far left. A Republic, such as ours exists to protect the rights and freedoms of its citizens, (though it has been sliding leftward for quite some time.) But none the less, a Republic would take the far right on the political spectrum. You might want to look at this and see what you come up with. Where would democracy and socialism fall on such a spectrum?

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  • chinchilla

    How is this biased? Sums it up nicely

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  • CSW

    THIS was obviously created by a democrat.

  • tuhaybey

    You can find more political infographics here- http://politicsthatwork.com

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