The Left/Right Split was created by the enemies of liberty.
The left reaches its ultimate expression with communism. The right reaches its ultimate expression with fascism.
The fight that broke out in Charlottesville over the weekend was simply a clash between the ultimate expression of the left and right.
The proof that Conservatism was created by enemies is straight forward: The ideology of Conservatism was created in the 1830s when the Tory Party changed its name. Conservatives in England still call themselves Tories. The name "conservative" comes from efforts to restore the monarchy after the French Revolution.
The evolution of progressivism is contorted. Essentially, the monarchy funded the universities. The monarchy charged the universities with creating an ideology that framed the state as the engine of progress.
The weird twist is this: The Kings of England were German. The Hanoverian Kings of England (King George I, II and III) were from Hanover, Germany. The Kings of England directly funded and constructed universities in Germany.
The most radical left wing thought was written in German, then translated back into English. Hegel and Marx were creating a philosophy that would restore monarchist rule.
Both the left and right came from the same source:
The statement I am trying to make becomes clear if you ask the following question:
Imagine that you were an extremely powerful king and you needed to control a nation that was demanding the right to vote.
The easiest way to control the people is to create a false dichotomy in which you controlled both sides of the debate.
The people would battle each other and get really angry, but the central authority will always win in the end. It is easy to do once you know how.
This is exactly what we have going on in our nation at the moment: The two sides of the left/right split are becoming increasingly shrill. Both sides of the debate lead to a top-down society.
This is clearly seen in the health care debate. PPACA (aka ObamaCare) was based on a plan from the Heritage Foundation and first enacted by Mitt Romney. The GOP campaigned for seven years that they would "Repeal and Replace" Obamacare. We find out that the replacement was just a watered down version of PPACA.
We had seven years of a shrill non-debate that set neighbor against neighbor. At the end of the non-debate, the GOP leadership simply sought to replace ObamaCare with ObamaCare-lite.
Both sides of the debate lead to the same end. Yet we see people becoming even more shrill.
There was a street fight between the Alt-Right and Antifa in Charlottesville over statues to the Confederacy.
I need to come back to my statement that the left/right split was created by the enemies of liberty.
The party system that controls our government was not mentioned in the Constitution. For that matter, "The Federalist Papers" (which explored the arguments of the Constitution in detail) waxed philosophic against the evils of factions (aka political parties). Madison clearly saw factions (the party system) as one of the greatest threats to freedom.
The left/right split which dominates political discourse was made by enemies of liberty. The ultimate expression of both sides of the debate is a totalitarian state.
The left/right split leads to mindless conflict as we saw in the brawl between Alt-Right and Antifa in Charlottesville.
We have to find a better way.
I believe that we could find a better way if we did something radical. For example, it would be great if people took off their partisan filters and talked about health care.