promoting the Right Wing tradition of the English speaking world
The word ‘Institute’ is used primarily for its former meaning:
a treatise or summary of principles (1)
The need to identify and explain Right wing thinking has become pressing because
there is widespread ignorance today about what constitutes Right wing politics, and
the Right’s public image is being dangerously distorted by the ‘politically correct’ Left.
So, by identifying and articulating the underlying philosophical and moral position of Right wing politics, Right Wing Institute aims to
promote understanding, perception, action and policies according to the fundamentals of Right wing thinking
dispel misapprehensions about the meaning and role of Right wing politics
For example, Right and Left wing are parliamentary terms derived from the French national Assembly at the end of the 18th century. They apply, therefore, to those who choose to talk about their differences and come to a rational agreement to resolve them.
This means that Right and Left wing politicians – properly so called – share the values of respect for difference of opinion and perspective; are willing to weigh the arguments, rationally; are willing to compromise their own position in order to achieve an agreement for the benefit of all.
Such politicians therefore reject violence, and the mindset associated with it.
Many may wonder whether the Right/Left explanation of politics is too simplistic and, indeed, unrealistic. That is a legitimate question. It is important, too, to recognise that other models are possible.
One is to see the underlying conflict in political thought as Authoritarian versus Libertarian.
Significantly, however, the authoritarian/ libertarian conflict today is largely aligned with the Left/ Right divide. The Left is dominated by the authoritarian thinking of Marxism where the State is the mechanism for changing Society fundamentally and extensively in accordance with a radical and ideological agenda based on what ought to be rather than on what actually is and how we really are.
The Right in the English speaking world stands for maximising individual responsibility and liberty, minimising the intervention of an all powerful corporate interest like the State. The Right opposes the top-down, pervasive tendencies of the State to intrude on every area of the individual’s life.It opposes the State’s proclivity to requisition yet more private resources and use them to extend the scale and scope of bureaucracy.
For the fundamentally distinctive English/British tradition which contrasts with the European, see Magna Carta 1215 and the Bill of Rights 1689 on the History Page above.
The Right is therefore also concerned about the Corporatist collusion of Big Business and Big State. This alliance rigs regulations and distorts free markets; it results in unfair tax advantages and subsidies from public funds to corporate concerns. It undermines the fundamental principle of equality before the law which forbids the strong to abuse their position at the expense of the weak. This principle goes back to Magna Carta in 1215 and is intrinsic in Christianity.
Big State-Big Business collusion to advance corporate control is a prominent feature of Fascist economics and undermines free market capitalism. It is a serious threat to a free, fair and democratic society.
The value of the Right/Left model persists because it is grounded in historical fact and continues in current use. It remains a convenient shorthand for delineating two fundamentally distinct and persistent approaches to political understanding – two approaches which are particularly helpful in explaining the ideas and associated mindsets which actually influence today’s political agenda.
Right Wing Institute therefore seeks to explain contemporary politics according to an informed Right Wing perspective and framework of thinking.
Right Wing Institute is the initiative of Ray Catlin, its author. Ray has experience of grass roots campaigning and of party politics; he has extensive vocational experience as well as university degrees. He is concerned that the shortcomings in media and politics today undermine the conditions conducive to a healthy democracy.