The political terms “Left” and “Right” were first coined during the French Revolution, when they represented a stark binary simplicity: the supporters of the King seated on the Right, and their opponents, the revolutionaries, seated ironically on the … uhmm Republican … Left. This was remarkably similar to our Postflavian view: that the most fundamental political and economic struggle is that of the common people against the elite. Since 1789, we have seen a long struggle to obfuscate this simple class-based analysis, using whatever means necessary.
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