Pundits and politicians are playing the usual games with labels. President Barack Obama and his supporters are adherents of the “far left”; economists opposing the stimulus bill are partisans of the “extreme right.” It’s Team Blue vs. Team Red, with everybody expected to swallow the Kool-Aid proffered by one side or another. And it’s all so pointless. The real division isn’t between right and left; it’s between the control freaks and the rest of us.
It’s not that there aren’t real ideological differences along the political spectrum — there are. But left, right, up or down, there are activists who focus on ways of expanding freedom, and there are activists who focus on ways of extending government control over people’s lives. They may put the emphasis on different issues and strongly disagree on specific policies, but ultimately, righties and lefties who emphasize freedom have more in common with one another t han they do with supposed comrades who are obsessed with control.
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