Originally Posted by reppy
So how do you determine if it's left or right then? Apparently if everyone agrees on it, it's a center position . . but if they don't? How do you decide then? Is it whether or not it has more support or not on the left or right?
Were the policies of Hugo Chavez centrist? In his own country? He seemed to enjoy a lot of public support.
I don't think that mainstream support of a policy means that it is a "centrist" position.
I don't think it has to be everyone who agrees on it to be centrist position.
You do bring up good points though and part of the problem is left-right doesn't really capture all the dimensions of politics. Nazis and Communists believe in the murder of their political enemies while Republicans and Democrats generally do not. So how do you rate them? by their acceptance of political murder or their support of nationalism? or their support of social programs.