The Difference Between Left and Right

It seems to me to boil down to this: left wingers believe that we’re all in the same boat, and the right wingers hold to the notion that it’s every man for himself. The good of the community vs. rugged individualism.
What’s kind of weird, and dangerous, is that this seems to be damned near a 50/50 split, everywhere in the world. I wonder if somehow we aren’t like two different species, like Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens, hard wired to view life in a different way, and therefore to want to order society in a certain way, and it’s dangerous because neither side wants to live in a world ordered by the other.
I don’t want to come across as one of these ‘we must compromise’ guys, because what they generally seem to be saying, it sounds to me, is we should give up. It seems the ones who say everybody should compromise are those who want our side to compromise. I don’t want to come across like that, but we need to compromise, and it can be done. In fact, we do it all the time in our personal lives. Most people manage to get through their family Thanksgiving dinners relatively unscathed (emotionally scarred doesn’t count) despite the fact that most family groups contain both liberals and conservatives. People sit next to other people at the cinema, at sporting events, and on airplanes, and very seldom invade each other’s space or strangle each other over politics.
Also, the all-in-the-same-boat vs. every man for himself debate is not the same in every situation, at every moment in our lives. There are very few people far enough to the right that they would object to the internet highway system, or public polices departments. I’m kind of shocked to find out that so many of them are indifferrent about national parks and public schools, but there are definitely huge swathes of civilization they’d probably agree need to be socialized if they’re to be done right at all.
And most left wingers are not opposed to personal responsibility and hard work. They are excellent personal qualities. We just don’t want to see anybody starving in the gutters, even if they are a lazy, worthless bum.
So, if you want to insist that everybody pulls their own weight, O.K. But that means that there should be enough jobs to go around for everybody. That could be arranged. Roosevelt did it.

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  1. DW

    Internet highway system?

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