Q&A: Why do people associate liberals with being “left” and conservatives with being “right”?

Question by Domenico: Why do people associate liberals with being “left” and conservatives with being “right”?

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Answer by Joe
because Liberal and Left sound good together, and right is the opposite of left. obviously

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3 thoughts on “Q&A: Why do people associate liberals with being “left” and conservatives with being “right”?”

  1. It comes from the original seating arrangement in Congress. Rather than rub elbows with the enemy, the parties chose to segregate the seating arrangements. Democrats sit on the left of the aisle, Republicans on the right. I’ve wondered how they managed to make the decision about who got which side…must’ve flipped a coin.

  2. They didn’t flip a coin. In fact, the terms did NOT originate in America.

    The terms “left” and “right” appeared during the French Revolution of 1789 when members of the National Assembly divided into supporters of the king to the president’s right and supporters of the revolution to his left.

    The Baron de Gauville explained, “We began to recognize each other: those who were loyal to religion and the king took up positions to the right of the chair so as to avoid the shouts, oaths, and indecencies that enjoyed free rein in the opposing camp.”

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