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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.

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    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. :-)
      • Well, and in many respects, it's true. A good example are the World Bank protestors, which are mostly far-left and far-right activists. Even in the U.S. Congress, it's not uncommon to see the far-left and far-right come to agreement on certain bills, against the moderates.
      • :) The original second paragraph to my post (which I deleted before posting) mentioned how a high school teacher drew that circle for our class and I never bought it. While there are people shooting each other on both ends (and actually all up and down) the spectrum, I can never see someone becoming so anti-gun-control that they become pro-gun-control, for example.

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        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
        • That is not the point though.
          I believe there are two.

          1. That they have in fact become very much like each other for having entrenched themselves in extreme views and not being open to considering others.

          2. People at such extremes find themselves at odds with those in the "middle", and may form "unholy" alliances to fight that fight.
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          Were that I say, pancakes?
          • Yeah, I do see what everyone's saying here, and it's shedding some light on that circle (which has bothered me for seven or eight years). Always before I've felt like people were using it to say, "Viewpoints don't matter, as long as you don't take them strongly. When you take them strongly, you become just like the other side. See? That proves viewpoints don't matter. So since your viewpoints don't matter, you should just drop your point and accept mine."

            Seriously, until today, that's how I've heard

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            J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • 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
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        Were that I say, pancakes?