I'll put this here so people won't think I'm trying to force something on them
I hear people talking left and right, Lib and conservative and so on. And when you get right down to it few know what it is.
Thanks to our wonderful education system and some political types the usual thing you get when you ask someone to show you the difference on paper is this.
They draw a line and on one end they put Socialism and on the other they put Fascism. Then they put democrat and republicans somewhere in the middle. This is totally wrong!!!
First of all left and right correctly is the difference between totalitarianism (I hate to spell that) and Anarchy
Totalitarianism (I hate to spell that) is when you have TOTAL government control.
Anarchy is when there is no control what so ever,
Secondly Socialism and Fascism are basically the same thing. The only difference is weather the govt. owns and control it or individuals own it and the govt. controls it.
The correct way to show left and right on paper is to draw a line. On the left end you put totalitarianism (I hate to spell that). On the right you put Anarchy. In between you have Socialism on the left, Fascism just right of that. Liberal to the right of that and conservative right of that.
Now you can judge where you are. If you think that the government should control everything, that you will never run out of things to tax. And want to relieve yourself of all responsibility of making a decision you lean far left into totalitarianism (I hate to spell that)
If you want to make all your own decisions, realize that there is only so much money to go around, and want to take full responsibility of your life then you can be far left into Anarchy.
Most of us tend to be somewhere in the middle. We realize that sometimes we need laws and government and sometimes we need to be left alone. Some things are better done in a financial co-operative scenario (Taxes). And we find it better if we have some help in defending ourselves from others.
SO you can evaluate how left or right you are by this kind of line.
To many times we have to many people who operate by emotion, live in a dream world and think government running everything is the answer so there is equal happiness. Or we live strictly by cold reality and think what ever happens to you is totally your fault and "good luck"
Going to far either way rarely works to well.
What we need is balance. Unfortunately as humans we grow fatter and lazier and tend to drift way to the left after time.
What you see after a disaster or during a war is what happens when we go to far right.