Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fact of the Day: Political Direction

In politics liberal-leaning parties (such as the U.S. Democratic Party) are considered on the "left" and conservative-leaning parties (such as the U.S. Republican Party) are considered on the "right". However the term predates many modern political movements. It originated during the French Revolution in the French National Assembly as supporters of the King were seated on the right while those who opposed the monarchy were seated on the left. 

17 comments:

DWei said...

And now both are kind of screwed.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

That's quite interesting! I never knew about its origins.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I had always wondered where the directional descriptions came from. Interesting.

Christine said...

interesting!

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

In Italy wherever they seat, they still remain clueless and uneuseful|
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Debra She Who Seeks said...

Interesting fact! Should have known those Frenchies were at the bottom of it.

Ann said...

good to know...

Pilar Domínguez said...

I didn´t know the origin , very interesting, Adam:)

India said...

great post!

Sammie said...

nice to get to know where all of this is coming from :)

Pat Hatt said...

So the king knew who to off I guess

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

It's interesting to learn that this originated from actual seating arrangements.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Never knew that fact

Theresa Mahoney said...

I didn't know that one!

Emmylou said...

Did not know this...thanks for sharing, Adam:)

Cloudia said...

Another cool fact, Adam


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Fundy Blue said...

I didn't know this. At that time I think I would have avoided a seat at the French National Assembly in the hopes of saving my head.