Smouldering Stoat wrote:It's not an empty term. Left and right wing have been used as political descriptions since the French Revolution and are still useful in describing political positions now. We could replace them with other terms, but all we would be doing would be creating euphemisms.
The French Revolutionary era was where the terms Left-wing politics and Right-wing politics first originated.
The reason for the terms to become used at all was the seating of the ancien régime of France at that time. The aristocrats sat on the right, and the commoners sat on the left. So these terms evolved to mean so that right-wing politics refer to politics for aristocratic and royal interests, while left-wing politics refer to republicanism, socialism, and civil liberties.
So it was the left wing that ended up butchering anyone remotely connected with the aristocracy or their supporters and terrorising the rest of the population. Well, I suppose that balances the books a bit, and does rather more fairly describe the 'left wing' approach to population control. Perfaps it is the left wing that is populist then.