Right and Left

From Roderick Stackelberg’s Hitler’s Germany: Origins, Interpretations, Legacies;

What is the nature of these differences? The essential difference between left and right lies in their attitude toward human equality as a social ideal. The more a person deems absolute equality among all people to be a desirable condition, the further to the left he or she will be situated on the ideological spectrum. The more a person considers inequality to be an unavoidable or even desirable, the further to the right he or she will be. On the extremist fringes of this spectrum are persons or movements who will go to any length to achieve their utopian ideal: on the left the egalitarian utopia in which the weak and the strong share equally in the benefits of their society; on the right the inegalitarian anti-utopia in which the strong receive the benefits due to them by virtue of their natural superiority and the weak, however perversely defined, are dispensable, deprived, and excluded.


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