A Dime’s Worth Of Difference Would Be An Improvement | Lee Wrights 2014

When I was a child, just as most children do, I believed in all the myths and fairy tales my parents taught me. I believed in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. These are all classic stories, passed down from generation to generation. But there’s one myth many parents teach their children which my parents never taught me. That is the myth that in politics there is only left or right.

My parents, especially my father, taught me the truth. There is no left or right. There is only right and wrong.

This myth is particularly popular among politicians, who even as adults perpetuate the idea that there are only two sides to every issue. They use this myth because it’s simple and it makes it easier to force people into a political slot. It is easier for politicians to manipulate voters by claiming that every issue is a clear choice between only two opposites, even if there is barely a sliver of difference between the choices. It’s easier to run a league and keep control of the game when there are only two teams.

Even we libertarians fall under the sway of this myth when we use labels like left-libertarian or right-libertarian. In a political landscape dominated by the Democratic and Republican parties, we all still end up being square pegs trying to fit into a round hole. We all know better. Most of us have never believed in the left-right myth. I never did. That’s why we’re libertarians in the first place. So why do we carry on the fairy tale?

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