“The” left, “the” rights – where to find them?

A list of questions

Left and right – in the German Bundestag the location is not a problem. At least not with the seating order of the parties, if you look at it from the government bench. The Left Party has its place on the far left, the FDP on the far right. Half-left the SPD, half-right the CDU/CSU, in the middle the Grunen. This already looks neat.

But this appearance can be wearing, and who wants to guarantee that the parties will stick to the basic convictions in their policies, which have traditionally been "left" and "right" to be sorted? Maybe these are just relics from the past? The FDP sits on the right fringe, but it is not German national at the moment. Is there a free place in the German parliamentarism?

Seating order in the Bundestag. Picture: Bundestag

Moreover, when it comes to advertising to the electorate, the parties no longer want to be perceived according to the traditional parliamentary seating arrangement; their desire is aimed at the "political center", even if there is not unlimited space. And finally, politicians, at least most of them, have the ability to turn, sometimes to the left, sometimes to the right. They don’t have to change their places in the parliament, that upset the whole operation.

More importantly, how is it to be clarified whether a political location is more likely to be a "left" or rather as "right" is to be classified? The party that makes it easiest for the public is the one that calls itself "The Left" calls. In this case the amption is obvious, where "left" on it, be also left in it. However, people and groups exist "left" but mean something other than the left-wing party.. In this respect, their official name proves to be misleading: "The Left" is apparently not "the" Left. After all, with "The right", which might have to replace the NPD is "The Left" not to be confused at all, so the situation is not completely unclear.

With regard to the German political landscape, the media often speak of a "left" and a "right" "left camp" the speech. This means the social democrats and the Greens, and sometimes the left-wingers as well. But what is the use of this concept, when there is no doubt that the SPD, if it is necessary for the purpose of governing, will also join forces with a party from the other camp, as will the Green Party. And the willingness for such coalitions is also given by the CDU/CSU and the FDP. The seating arrangement in the Bundestag was not changed for that reason.

Volatile terms

What then was such a government alliance to operate – "left" and "right" so that in the end no one can politically distinguish between the two directions any more? Difficult, as far as the party business is concerned, has been for a long time already.

From one "right camp" The left-wing camp is never mentioned in the published opinion, strangely enough, because why should there be a left-wing camp if there is no right-wing camp?. The suspicion is that political camps do not exist in the Federal Republic.

Now the terms "left" and "right" have no trademark protection, no authority is authorized to interpret them authoritatively. "Volatil" they are, as political scientists like to say these days, resorting to a scientific expression; it can be "mobile" or also "vaporous". For volatility in the understanding of "left" of politics, there are remarkable examples in the recent history of German political parties. The SPD was instrumental in the deregulation of the labor market and the privatization of the pension system, without any revolt within the party "De-taboo" German military policy. A few years earlier, the two parties had still regarded such political decisions as "right" Designates.

So what remains, if in the field of parties the "Left" to be found, only "The left"? It also shows a certain programmatic flexibility; Muntefering’s maxim that opposition is crap has not remained without influence on its understanding of politics. On the other hand, it involves people who "Ways to communism" but there again questions arise, laden with coarse historical burdens: what was "left" on the Soviet road? And how do leftists today deal with this history of a so to speak modern, but by no means philanthropic "left" Absolutism around?

A personal interjection: I have no qualms, when asked about my political location, about calling it a "left" to mark, add however, what I understand by it. Hours of explanations are not necessary. Also, the handling of the term is not subject to a higher violence.

And which party is today "right" in the Federal Republic?

To the "right-wing extremism" the protection of the interests in its own way, the result is well known. The official use of the term indicates that there are ideational points of contact between "extreme right" and "right-wing, but not extreme". Whether the Verfangsschutzer think about it? Franz-Josef Straub said that no party to the right of the CSU should achieve parliamentary success, which included the idea that his Bavarian party was the right-wing party.

At present, Christian Social Democrats would no longer talk about the location of their party in this way, they feel more in the center. However, the CDU/CSU must fear that a new party-political project will emerge at its expense; several attempts to do so have already been made, and right-wing parties of this kind have been established in other European countries. Mostly they distance themselves from the historical fascism/national socialism. And discourse politicians come to their aid, they say: Hitler’s Germany, in any case, is more of a "left" Phanomenon has been. But it is absurd to define National Socialism out of the history of the German right wing.

The traditional political right was sworn in "Fatherland", The right has, as a rule, maintained close relations with the economic power elites since the imposition of capitalist conditions. But in the meantime they do not act in a paternalistic way at all. And so, whoever "right" The government has to grapple with internal contradictions: should it follow multinational economic interests or should it refuse to do so?? Again: "The" Rights do not exist.

Is it time to move away from categories in matters of politics? "left" and "right" to say goodbye to them, to leave them to the historians? I suppose that would be the abandonment of necessary social conflicts, historically and currently conflicts are connected with these terms, which should not be suppressed in thought. Maybe it is useful to first read the "Links" and the "Right" to get out of its vapor form.

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