There are a lot of differences between the Right and the Left. And a lot of these differences are not reconcilable. The biggest reason for these differences is the basic differences of the meaning and purpose of what a government is. Both sides will agree that governments are the regulatory arm of any society. The only problem lies in the amount of power that a government possesses. History teaches us that when a government is a totalitarian government it is then that the people are powerless. And when the people are powerless then abuse of power by the government is inevitable.
This would lead us to believe that if governments are a necessity of a society then it must be a government that has limited powers. This would further lead us to accept that any powers that the government does not possess belong to the people. And if a society has set up a government with limited powers then those powers need to be clearly identifiable. For if they are not clearly identifiable then there is no way for anyone to determine when and if government is acting outside of the powers given to it. This is also an inevitability. And this in itself would be considered as an abuse of power by the government.
Now, let us not get into the mindset that division of powers eliminates abuse of powers no matter how strictly one adheres to that division of powers. The only way to eliminate the abuse of power is to eliminate the cause and in this case, the possession of power itself is the cause. This is also a historical fact.
Another difference between the right and the left are the concepts of individualism vs collectivism. These concepts are a little harder to define because many who advocate for individualism have elements of collectivism within their set of beliefs without being able to differentiate between the two concepts. And they justify this by declaring it as a necessity of life when it is, in reality, a part of what they were taught to believe in regards to a society. I might also add that those on the left have a misunderstanding of the meaning of the concept of individualism.
It is from this misunderstanding that we come to a third difference between the two sides, the concept of rights and privileges. Those on the left will declare that rights are possessed by a collective. Those who are of the right will declare that rights are the possession of the individual. This is the crux of all political disagreement in every society. It is also the crux of the accusation of extremism on both sides though this accusation has no merit. Either collectives possess rights or individuals possess rights. On this there can be no compromise.
The left sees some collectives as possessing rights that other collectives do not possess thus see them as being a privileged collective. In other words, the left understands the word in terms of being an adjective. It is from this viewpoint that inequality of collectives are perceived and is the foundation of their entire understanding of society and lack of justice. Thus, for justice to ever be achieved in a society, a socialistic form of economics as well as government must be set up and abided by. Anything less than this will always lead to an unjust society in their minds.
The big problem with a socialistic form of government is the fact that it requires a totalitarian form of government. One is the necessity of the other. If we are to see a totalitarian form of government as a just government then it must be a government run by people with altruistic attributes which is to say that it is a government without any powers over the people. This, in itself, would be a self-contradiction.
The right would see privileges in terms of being a noun. Privileges would be seen as what any individual could do with the permission of government. A license is one form by which government gives its permission to individuals. Since licenses are regulatory by their very nature they also can be seen as a hindrance but not a preventative to the freedom of the individual. And this leads us to another difference between the right and the left, the freedom of the individual vs the regulation of the behavior of the individual.
While there may be a need to regulate the behavior of individuals of any society we must ask at what point does it become an over-regulated society which by its very nature would be declared as an abuse of power by the government?
What say you, my friend?