Right, Left, & Center
One of our forefathers coined the phrase “right and left wings” as it relates to politics. In this excellent expression of visual imagery, he helped us place a very complex concept into a working reality.
There seems to be a natural phenomenon related to people when they form into groups, regardless of the purpose. Within a certain sampling, whether it’s hundreds or thousands, a group will always divide into moderate, conservative, and liberal. Thus a group will always form into center and left and right wings.
In order for the group to maintain its central purpose or to stay consistent with its reason for forming, the center group must be dominant. The right or left elements influence but do not control if the group stays true to its original purpose.
The central (main) body may turn slightly to the left or right in order to compromise but if there is balance of influence (power) between the right and left wings (conservative and liberal) then the main body will stay on course.
Once a change is made by the body by the urging of one wing but with the consent of the other wing it might alter the direction of the main body slightly but does not steer it off course.
When either the left or right wing becomes so powerful that it forces a new direction of the body without the consent of the other wing the main body goes off course and forms a new center.
In this new direction the influencing wing becomes the new center and from within the new entity a new formation of the center and left and right wings are formed.
The energy for change seems to come from the right or left wing. The main body maintains the status quo and resists change.
The motivation of the center is to move forward while maintaining the current status. This would apply to the economy or any other established public policy, such as education, health, housing, fire, police, etc.
It’s true for any group
This analogy is not limited to political concepts. One can apply the same statement or hypothesis to any group: (1) Religious, (2) Social, (3) Business, (4) Military, (5) Tribal, (6) Professional.
The left and right wings not only provide the energy for change, they also, when balanced, provide the momentum for forward progress. The main body advocates progress but resists it by being steeped into established bureaucracy.
There is only a slight difference between the center and the left an wright wings, which are closest to the center. As one moves farther from the center in his views, he becomes more radical in relation to the established views of the organization. The extremes of the right and left wings being furthest from the center of the group are more similar in behavior than they are to the body to which they are attached.
In each extreme, whether right or left the feelings become so intense that violence is often the advocated means of achieving objectives. The center may express disagreement verbally but yet cooperate with the majority. The moderate might boycott due to a lack of agreement. The radical might show anger or vile language toward those in disagreement. The extreme radical will injure or kill in order to coerce their views on the total body.
Each of us demonstrate by our words and actions as to where we are placed in each grouping to which we belong. Ideally, the strength of one’s conviction does not exceed the rights of others to hold a different opinion.