hi! okay first i just wanted to say i’m sorry for asking because i know you said you don’t want to talk politics on here so you can just delete if you want to, but i saw you say america doesn’t really have a left? and liberals are more centred than left? i was just hoping you could explain that a little more for me, and what the left is then? again, sorry you can just delete if you want to
Hey! You’re right, I did say that, but it’s okay, I’ll try and explain it a little more for you.
The political spectrum in general - I say in general because this is kind of basic, but it covers the main alignments and where they fall on the spectrum - it tends to look like this:
Which, as you can see, has liberalism falling into the blue, but actually, not really on the left. There’s not a huge difference between being a left leaning moderate, and being a liberal. It’s pretty much in the centre, and there’s a whole lot more further left than liberalism.
Most places will have a representation of this spectrum from Socialism to Republicanism/Conservatism - and increasingly, loud representation from the Fascism/Nazism - which means that there’s generally a pretty even balance of voices from both sides.
America is an exception. There’s a fair few exceptions, but America is what you’ve asked about, and also one of the biggest powers in the world so it’s important we understand how big the difference is. America’s political spectrum looks like this:
As you can see, the left actually isn’t represented. They have independent parties, and smaller parties, but the only ones people listen to are the Democrats and the Republicans, so that’s where the voices are coming from. The issue is, the American Democratic Party actually exists somewhere between Liberalism and Moderate. Hillary was a right leaning centrist, Bernie was a left leaning centrist, and Barack was socially left leaning, fiscally right leaning. So even their leftist party, doesn’t exist on the left. And then you have their Republican Party. Which actually, the voices of the Republican Party don’t fall that close to the centre. They’re generally more Right Wing Libertarian. And the current man in charge is pushing horrifically close to being at the point of Fascism/Nazism - and as we know, a scarily high number of his supporters belong to fascist groups/nazi groups or groups that support those ideals.
The issue they have in America, is that so much of their political spectrum is made up of the right, and as things stand, so much of the voices we hear are the voices of the far right. And when you’re so far to the right, the centre starts to look like the extreme left. When really, actual liberalism is a pretty moderate political standing.