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A human being is a very complex phenomenon. When we deal with groups, often large, the complexity is compounded. What we call politics is an effort to describe what goes on when such large groups interact and we do this with the ultimate simplistic model of “left” and “right.” This idea has lasted a long time. At the time of the first civil war in the Roman republic, Sulla was right and Marius, a sympathizer of the plebeians, was left. Left in Latin is sinistra and note the similarity to our English sinister. That is no accident.But perhaps matters aren’t so simple. Hans Eysenck, an eminent British clinical psychologist, argued that the “left-right” spectrum was wrong. A word about Eysenck is in order here before we explore what he said in his monograph, The Psychology of Politics.
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