- Jan 25, 2023
- The boring one
Really significant social policies would upset the status quo though.The left cares about the social policies because it doesn't upset the status quo. And, of course, there has to be a push back for it to be a fight and waste time. Both of the parties are very bad for the people. It's not like republicans have caused say 90% of harm and democrats 10%, it's probably 60-40 at best and actually arguable of who is actually worse. If you say the republicans are driving us off the cliff at like 100mph and saying how bad they are and how everyone should vote for the democrats, but why when they democrats are doing the same but only say 80mph?
But... this is all a bit US-specific. I'm in Europe, where the spectrum is shifted towards the left in terms of social standards. So of course, seen from here, Democrats are quite right-wing and Republicans to the far right. It would be easy to be more social (more left-leaning) than Democrats. But Republicans never would, their goal being to shift the whole spectrum to the right, to the less social. And they scream about stalinism at the sightest social proposal, which helps nothing (except the very rich).
So yes, it's a matter of degree. I was just pointing out that the idea of Republicans implementing social policies (and moreso than Democrats) would be wrong, and certainly far from Sander's perception. Although it's not rare that, rhetorically, the left is accused to be even more right-wing than the right. It's never technically truth, but as a mere hyperbolic insult it's sometimes deserved.
Also, things can get more complicated at a more granular level. For instance, the extreme-right can make a social gesture for white christian nationals at the expense of stigmatized minorities (nazis and neonazis sometimes do that), then the classification of it becomes more subjective.