Arianna Huffington: Don’t call me ‘left-wing’

The show is called “Left, Right & Center,” although a more appropriate title would probably be “Far Left, Right, Progressive & Democrat” with its current cast of Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley, Arianna Huffington and Matt Miller. But despite the title of the program, don’t use those partisan labels around Huffington.

On the Dec. 24 broadcast of KCRW’s “Left, Right & Center,” Huffington complained that the use of the political terms “left,” “right” or “left-wing” is preventing policymakers from solving “problems” because of the connotation tied to each of them.

“Well, I actually feel that it would make a huge difference to our ability to solve problems if we stopped sort of reflexively using the labels ‘left’ and ‘right,’ because right now for a position to be described as ‘left-wing,’ it’s really to marginalize and dismiss it,” Huffington said. “That’s how the mainstream media use the label and it’s being used reflexively and often completely idiotically to describe for example anyone who wants to leave Afghanistan. Immediately that position is described as ‘left-wing,’ even if it includes George Will, Pat Buchanan and Tony Blankley and the Cato Institute, etc., etc.”

Huffington then argued that the “left” was responsible for all the good that has occurred in America while the word “center” has lost some of its distinction in American politics.

“And by that description of the left, every single breakthrough in American politics from the Emancipation Proclamation onward was a left-wing initiative and espoused by the left,” she continued. “At the same time, as you said Matt, the center has been reduced to just splitting the difference. You split the difference if you don’t really particularly care much about anything — to draw a line somewhere, you’re describe as ‘the center.’”

So why does this matter? According to Huffington, if the country is unable to get past these labels and work together, America could descend into “third-world” status.

“And I think in the end, whether we succeed as a nation or not, or whether we become a third-world country will depend on whether we manage to combine growth and equity,” she said.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hamilton/609225545 Richard Hamilton

    All this shows is how far from the mainstream (well, the mainstream of the country, not the mainstream
    of the media) she is. The “left” is not responsible for one single good thing I can think of! Abraham Lincoln
    (the Emancipation Proclamation) was a Republican. A larger percentage of Republicans than Democrats
    voted for the Civil Rights Act (Al Gore’s father voted against it). The “right” or “conservatives” aren’t
    automatically against innovation, or in favor of war. They _are_ at least in theory in favor of
    limiting the expansion of the power and expense of government, and of favoring private over public
    solutions except where the most compelling argument to the contrary can be made _and_ where
    a strict interpretation of the Constitution can still be complied with. Of course, that would limit
    the pursuit of power by those of the left (or progressives, or whatever name doesn’t constrain
    a contemptible lot to a mere label), which they would naturally have no incentive to recognize as
    a very good thing indeed.

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