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  • I for one am tired of having racism identified with the right. I'm tired of hearing people tell me I should change parties because my party is right wing and so was Hitler, as if there were any similarities between the two.

    I don't think "left" and "right" is adequate to describe the spectrum anymore.

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • Where I used to work one of my coworkers would say that a graph of political thoughts is more like a circle. Moderates on both sides are very similar and as you go to the extremes the extreme righ and the extreme left thinking individuals have more in common with each other than anyone else.

      I thought it was a very interesting way to illustrate political thinking. :-)
      • There is a Non Sequitur strip which represents exactly this. (p111 of Beastly Things)

        Political identification process in the ninteies

        Step 1:
        Evaluate your life and choose a direction everyone should follow

        Step 2:
        Emphasize your direction

        Step 3:
        Exaggerate your position to clarify differences.
        (I must admit I am occasionally guilty of this particular conceit, in any realm)

        Step 4:
        Entrench yourself in the dogma of your chosen side and eliminate the bothersome task of thinking for yourself.

        Step 5:
        See Step 1

        Were that I say, pancakes?