A Guide to Basic Differences Between Left and Right

From human rights to gender and diversity, here's a guide on how the left and right disagree.

By Dennis Prager Published on January 16, 2017

Source of Human Rights

                Left: government

                Right: the Creator

Human Nature

                Left: basically good (Therefore, society is primarily responsible for evil.)

                Right: not basically good (Therefore, the individual is primarily responsible for

                evil.)

Economic Goal

                Left: equality

                Right: prosperity

Primary Role of the State

                Left: increase and protect equality

                Right: increase and protect liberty

Government

                Left: as large as possible

                Right: as small as possible

Family Ideal

                Left: any loving unit of people

                Right: a married father and mother, and children

Guiding Trinity

                Left: race, gender and class

                Right: liberty, In God We Trust and e pluribus unum

Good and Evil

                Left: relative to individual and/or society

                Right: based on universal absolutes

Humanity’s Primary Division(s)

                Left: rich and poor; strong and weak

                Right: good and evil

Ideal Primary Identity of an American

                Left: world citizen

                Right: American citizen

How to Make a Good Society

                Left: abolish inequality

                Right: develop each citizen’s moral character

View of America

                Left: profoundly morally flawed; inferior to any number of European countries

                Right: greatest force for good among nations in world history

Gender

                Left: a social construct

                Right: male and female

Most Important Trait to Cultivate in a Child

                Left: self-esteem

                Right: self-control

Worth of the Human Fetus

                Left: determined by the mother

                Right: determined by society rooted in Judeo-Christian values

Primary Source of Crime

                Left: poverty, racism and other societal flaws

                Right: the criminal’s malfunctioning conscience

Place of God and Religion in America

                Left: secular government and secular society

                Right: secular government and religious society

American Exceptionalism

                Left: chauvinistic doctrine

                Right: historical reality

Greatest Threat to the World

                Left: environmental catastrophe (currently global warming)

                Right: evil (currently radical Islamist violence)

International Ideal

                Left: world governed by the United Nations, and no single country is dominant

                Right: world in which America is the single strongest entity

Primary Reason for Lack of Peace in Middle East

                Left: Israeli settlements in the West Bank

                Right: Palestinian, Arab and Muslim denial of Jewish state’s right to exist

Purpose of Art

                Left: challenge status quo and bourgeois sensibilities

                Right: produce works of beauty and profundity to elevate the individual and society

Guns

                Left: ideally universally abolished, except for use by police, the armed forces and registered sportsmen

                Right: ideally widely owned by responsible individuals for self-protection and the protection of others

Race

                Left: intrinsically significant

                Right: intrinsically insignificant

Racial, Ethnic and Gender Diversity at Universities

                Left: most important

                Right: far less important than ideological diversity

Black America’s Primary Problem

                Left: racism

                Right: lack of fathers

Greatest Playwright

                Left: entirely subjective; there is no greatest playwright

                Right: Shakespeare

War

                Left: not the answer

                Right: sometimes the only answer

Hate

                Left: wrong, except when directed at the political

                Right: wrong, except when directed at evil

Cultures

                Left: all equal

                Right: some are better than others

America’s Founding Fathers

                Left: rich white male slave owners

                Right: great men who founded the greatest society

Purpose of Judges

                Left: pursue social justice

                Right: pursue justice

National Borders

                Left: a relic of the past

                Right: indispensable for national survival

View of Illegal Immigrants

                Left: welcomed guests

                Right: illegal immigrants

Nature

                Left: intrinsically valuable

                Right: made for man

 

Dennis Prager’s latest book, The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code, was published by Regnery. He is a nationally syndicated radio show host and creator of PragerUniversity.com.

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  • Gary

    Interesting. And overall, pretty accurate. The Left and the Right certainly have different beliefs. And that is why America is divided, and will remain that way. And why the Left must be defeated, not compromised with.

  • The purpose of judges is not to pursue justice, but rather to apply the law. It is the job of the legislature, which passes the laws, to pursue justice.

    Just saying.

  • Jim Walker

    Thanks Dennis!
    Sadly, many institutions of education are churning out more and more Leftists with their poisonous indoctrination.
    Its only a matter of time, probably less than 1 generation, US will go down the tubes when snowflakes becomes the future leaders.

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