Freedom

@hometyme (288)
United States
April 16, 2009 11:50am CST
Historically, is 'left wing' or the 'right wing' the biggest hindrance to individual freedomf? I say emphatically, that it is 'left wing'.
5 responses
@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
16 Apr 09
Both are doing their part in the United States today. Historically I would say the left since there are far more examples in modern history.
@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
16 Apr 09
Really... Care to go toe to toe, you list as many leftist oppressive governments and I'll counter with rightist.
@hometyme (288)
• United States
21 Sep 14
@Myrrdin That seems to be done on a regular basis. I'd be ecstatic with improvements all over.
@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
16 Apr 09
Historically both are guilty of hindering individual freedoms, and ironically usually in the exact same manner. Its not left or right that is the issue, but extremism. Extreme right wingers such as Hitler and Mussolini are just as bad as extreme left wingers such as Lenin and Stalin. No mater which end of the political spectrum you favor you must have an open mind or you risk inviting dictatorship.
@hometyme (288)
• United States
21 Sep 14
Good point, but seems to be leaning toward the left at this time.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
16 Apr 09
I think both sides make their contributions. Just my recent observations, mostly from myLot discussion... The left wing has a problem with the government telling us what to do in our personal lives and with our bodies. The right wing has a problem with the government telling us how we should earn or spend our money. Would you say that's a somewhat accurate summary? I'm just starting to try to figure this politics stuff out.
@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
16 Apr 09
As an oversimplification from a freedoms stand point your statement is somewhat accurate. Traditionally right wingers are more focused on reduced taxation, and left wingers are more focused on increased social programs.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
16 Apr 09
It is not left wing or right wing ideology we should be looking at as the threat to indvividual and collective liberty. What we should be looking at is libertarian vs totalitarin ideology. This is the core debate everyone is mistaking for right vs left.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
16 Apr 09
Why? What country are you referring to?