Quote of the Week – June 30th

Since the time of the French Revolution, ideological opinions have been classified most often in terms of a single left-right dimension. This usage derives from the fact that late-eighteenth century supporters of the status quo sat on the right side of the French Assembly hall and its opponents sat on the left.

This little tidbit is more trivia than EMS/fire service knowledge. It was from an Annual review of Psychology article I had to read for a social psychology class. The article was incredibly boring (as I find most social psychology articles) but this little gem stood out. I, previously, had no idea why liberal and conservatives were referred to as left and right wing. You really do learning something every day!

The article was Jost et al (2009). Political ideology: Its structure, functions, and elective affinities. Annual review of psychology, 60. 307-337. doi:10.1146/annurev.psych.60.110707.163600

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