wrote: Just like the Nazis, who were officially the (in English translation) the National Socialist German Workers' Party and were about as far from socialist can be.
Haha, yeah, you mean like nowadays with the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea?
Okay, so I was pretty sleepy right before I went to bed when I wrote that comment, so let me rephrase some of my thoughts with a clearer vision now.
I think that the main problem, should we accept that there is one, with the left/right division is not one between the actual supporters in these philosophies. Hell, I can't even tell who believes what when I talk or meet up with different people. Everyone is generally a nice person in the first place. One of the few social situations when you can actually identify who professes what beliefs is when splitting the bill at a restaurant. Every time, every time
, when we split the bill evenly among us, I find myself thinking deep down in my mind I only had a salad and 2 glasses of water, goddamnit!
with an angry voice of a 80-year-old stingy war veteran.
Now, does that make me a bad person. Probably, lol.
However, I keep my mouth shut and consider it an installment in the 'keeping the group peace' fund.
The actual problematic part of this political division, I think, is when someone, full of hatred towards other people and life in general, packages themselves with the good intentions of an ideology, be it left or right.
For example, on the left it is common especially in politics for somebody to propagate policies that take a sizeable chunk of the capital of the rich and redistribute it towards the less fortunate. However, in reality, oftentimes I see in such candidates the near-maniacal lust for empowering themselves via their position, via a bigger governement. And all of a sudden now everyone is a political hostage of such 'ideologists'.
On the right, and this is a pretty current example especially these days, there are always
these as***les who envelop themselves in ideas of security and patriotism, when in all seriousness they are using them to inflict their pain onto other people. "Hey, I caught this potentially-dangerous refugee and in order to protect my contry's soverignty
I beat him up, humiliated him, took his wallet and treated him like lesser person".
Another prime example would be gay rights of course. In this instance I just think the whole rhetoric makes literally 0 sense. Conservatism (atleast in my mind) = guaranteed freedom. How and in what world would it mean " ...yeah these guys can marry, these don't. these can do that, these not so much"? It just makes no sense. Isn't the whole core idea that rightist would fight to guarantee everyone can do as they please with their lifes. Kinda like Hakuna-Matata - it's such a simple philosophy, lol.
But anyways, that's what I make of this whole left vs. right issue.
In terms of social policies and the Western European nations, I actually think that the Nordic countries have an unfair advantage over big-population societies, such as the UK, USA & France. Given their smaller sizes, they are much better places, not unlike a company, to 'tweak' their taxation laws in correlation with the situation at hand. In booming times they can increase tax revenue and in stagnation - lower taxes and free up money, so that the people can buy and build more stuff. In the USA this is virtually impossible. I swear this country gets much less credit for how they run their economy then it ought to. Literally with such huge
population it's incredible to sustain so high of a standard of living, as compared to the rest of the World. I'm not kidding, check in Wikipedia the list of countries by population and look at all the ones with over 100 million inhabitants. With all due respect, but they are all sh*tty, apart from Japan & the USA. Keep in mind America is the 3d biggest country in the world by this metric. There simply is no tweaking of the tax policies when you are dealing with population of such magnitute. They do have other tools such as the Fed increasing and decreasing its interest rate when they see fit, but that's beside the point.
My point is, if you are throwing a party and you have 12 people coming at your place, sure, you can pick up some old recipees and make dinner of all sorts for everyone to like. But if you have 741 guests coming, it would be a whole lot better if everyone just brought their own dish and you prepared some goods only for those who couldn't make their own for one reason or the other. BTW, the math checks out; I actually took Norway's population (a beautiful country by the way), scaled it down to 12 people for the purpose of my argument, then took USA's population, which is 61.78 times larger than Norway's, which made the number out to be slightly more than 741 for them.Anyways, this is it
. I'm going to go out to the store now and ask the guy at the shop, who I am pretty sure is a leftist, how he's day been so far and buy some products from him. He's a cool guy alright...
Edited by Just_One_Question, 24 April 2017 - 05:51 PM.