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February 18, 2004

Beyond Left & Right

I am personally very skeptical of some of the more binary typologies that have invaded the American political analytic discourse (as expressed by both those on the Left and the Right). One of these is that Europe is Left and America is Right. There is a lot to be said for this, from Europe's socialism & secularism vs. America's capitalism & religiousity to Europe's internationalism vs. America's unilateralism.

The fact that the Dutch are expelling 26,000 failed asylum seekers is evidence that the conventional wisdom has faults. On issues of race & ethnicity Europe is to the Right of America. On particularities of Church & State, most of Europe is to the Right of America (the French exception notwithstanding).

But I believe there is one country that can be portrayed as unequivocally to America's Left, Canada, European socialism + American pluralism.

Posted by razib at 03:49 PM