I’ve seen a few blogs and stories about how both major parties are drifting (or lurching) to “the right”. After thinking about this it doesn’t really make sense.
Where is the “center” and how is it defined?
Is the political spectrum a fix definition with extremes and a center that you can then place politicians on according to those criteria? Is the spectrum the sum total of current views and the center is the median of those views?
If we are talking about a fixed definition, then where/how does this exist?
If it’s a moving scale, then that would imply that as the politicians move further right, all the people who maintain the same views are naturally going to appear further left of centre.
The Greens have become a much less radicalised party since the Democrats dropped out of the picture and in many instances are now “taken seriously” on many of their policies. They aren’t as extreme, so that implies they have also softened and moved right also. This would further push the centre across more.
Which leads to the next problem. If the centre moves (because it’s a median, not a fixed point) then that would mean the center at any point in history is different. How do you truly compare to the past then? The current LNP may be said to be drifting to the centre right now, but because the lurch of Labor to the centre, that means the centre is actually further right than it was compared to a decade or two ago… so in effect the LNP may actually be further right than they were, but appearing to be closer to centre. (At this point I’m going to stop because my head is going to start to hurt)
So we have this feedback loop of non-sensical definitions about a political leanings that probably never really made much sense in the first place, let alone in todays world.
As for “left and right”, I think it is quite meaningless in the current age. When there were clearer lines between “Communism and Capitalism”, or “Workers and Bosses” perhaps it made more sense. I think that will be a topic for another blog post if I can get the words straight in my head.
(apologies if you see me using “centre” and “center”. I do documentation for US products with “center” in the name and tend to forget which is the correct English version to use 🙂 )