Origin of the left and right in political trends

In all countries of the world where there is freedom, politics is divided into two parts, the parties of the left and those of the right. Citizens are also experiencing this division. In Spain, for example, more than 40% of voters define themselves as left and only 15% as right. According to historians, the Left and the Right were born in Versailles in 1789.

left and right
Luis XVI and Maria Antonieta By David Stanley from Nanaimo, Canada – Louis XVI, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50970480
The origin of the left and the right lay in the French Revolution

Although the separation of left and right has an uncertain origin, many historians emphasize the French Revolution. The General Assembly of France was held on August 28, 1789 to find out how much power Louis XVI had at that time. Was granted.

The defenders of the crown and the continuity of the monarchy and the revolutionary partisans of the republic got into a heated debate. At that time, the revolutionaries organized the speakers, who sat the king’s supporters in the chairs to the right and left of the president of the assembly.

Those who were loyal to the king wanted a constitutional monarchy in which the king’s power was limited by a parliament that would depend on him. The left had more liberal ideas, wanted to end the monarchy and found a republic.

The story goes that those who sat in the chairs on the left received 673 positive votes, versus 325 of those who sat in the chairs on the right. This marked the beginning of the end of the French monarchy and a death sentence for the monarch Louis XVI. On January 21, 1793, Louis XVI. And his wife, Marie Antoinette, guillotined after shouting for the approval of Viva la República.

Louis XVI  Killed on the guillotine
By Georg Heinrich Sieveking – http://www.uncp.edu/home/rwb/louis16_execution.jpg, public domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=446357
History-telling experts say the left and the right were born in Versailles

Other historians explain that the left and the right had their origins in Versailles, but on September 11th, 1789. That day the National Assembly took place where the right to the king’s veto was discussed.

Some believed that the king could veto decisions made in the congregation. Others also prevented the monarch from vetoing these decisions. As with every vote, there was a third group that was undecided.

The votes were taken by raising hands. A specific organization has been selected to make the count easier. Those who supported the king’s veto were to the right of the president of the assembly. Those who opposed it were on the left.

left and right
1789 Versailles – Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1778438

During the undecided, they were in the middle. At the time, the French newspapers did not speak of the left, the right, or the center. They baptized the various groups as a mountain for the left, a plain for the right and a swamp for the center.

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