: : Having always considered communisism to be the beginning of the left end of the spectrum, and fascism occupying the further point on the right, I was bemused, befuddled, bedazzled, and bedeviled by Frenchy's assertion that Hitler was a leftist. After all, "Hitler" and "Fascist" have long been held synonymous in the public mind. So I hauled out my Merriam-Webster dictionary and found the following definitions:
: : Left: "Those professing views usually characterized by desire to reform or overthrow the established order especially in politics and usually advocating change in the name of the greater freedom or well-being of the common man."
: : Right: "Individuals sometimes professing opposition to change in the established order and favoring traditional attitudes and practices and sometimes advocating the forced establishment of an authoritarian political order."
: : By these definitions, one cannot say simply that communism is left, while capitalism is right. There must be an intention behind the advocacy
Frenchy, I had a hunch you were big enough to admit defeat, and you didn't let me down. That was cute and all, your citing Orwell, but citations do not a counter-argument make. We on the left responded to your absurd claim that Hitler was a leftist with substantive arguments, but you've conceded the point that Stalin was a classic rightist -- authoritarian, anti-freedom, working against, not for, the well-being of the common man, much like Pinochet, Thatcher, and Reagan.
The Left is right; the Right is wrong!
By the way, thanks McS.
McSpotlight: No probs.