Traditional Ranges of Political Views: Far Left to Middle to Far Right



Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language


“2. a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party.”


“1. (cap.) a member of the Communist party or movement. 2. an advocate of communism. 3. a person who is regarded as supporting politically leftist or subversive causes.”


“1. an advocate or supporter of socialism. 2. (cap.) a member of the U.S. Socialist party.”


“1. of or going to the root or origin; fundamental; a radical difference. 2. thorough-going or extreme, esp. as regards change from accepted or traditional forms . . . 3. favoring drastic political, economic, or social reforms … ”

left wing

“1. members of a liberal or radical political party, or those favoring extensive political reform.”


“1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.”


“1. favoring, following, or characterized by an intermediate position between two extremes, esp. in politics; moderate.”


“1. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.”

right wing

“1. members of a conservative or reactionary political party, or those opposing extensive political reform.”


“1. of, pertaining to, being marked by, or favoring reaction, esp. extreme conservatism or rightism in politics; opposing political or social change. 2. a reactionary person.”


“1. a person who believes in or sympathizes with fascism. 2. (often cap.) a member of a fascist movement or party. 3. a person who is dictatorial or has extreme right-wing views. … [1915-20]”

[The right-wing Fascist movement grew during the worldwide Great Depression of the 1930s. The US fought these nations – Germany (Hitler) and Italy (Mussolini) as well as Japan – in World War II.]


“1. … a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.”



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