Monday, July 24, 2006

 

Leftist, Liberal, Conservative, Rightist

Leftist, Liberal, Conservative, Rightist
American Political Nomenclature

I have noticed an asymmetry in much American political discourse. There's a big difference between liberals and leftists; this is recognized in the common and distinct usage of both terms. But there are also important differences on the right-side of the political spectrum that are not so recognized. Typically the word "conservative" gets modified into something like "arch-" or "ultra-conservative." I propose that we replace such terms with "rightist." This has a pleasing symmetry and recognizes that no important group is monolithic. I will endeavor to use this terminology in this blog.
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