It’s the Horseshoe Theory, Stupid

The economy is in crisis because the economy does not attempt to give a damn about you.

Why?  Because it’s the horseshoe theory.

Where do we get to see this theory? Well, it is everywhere. It’s just that you don’t choose to look beyond what you think.

How to spot this theory in action? I think there’s no special qualification required to fulfill this criteria.

All you have to do is to grasp the logic, and that is:

“there is no difference between the left-government (communism) and the right-government (democracy)”.

If you believe that there is a huge difference between both then you are stupid enough to not endorse the features of horseshoe theory.

In political science (not rocket science), the horseshoe theory asserts that the left and the right, rather than being at opposite and opposing ends of a linear political continuum, in fact closely resemble one another, much like the ends of a horseshoe.

In 2008, Josef Joffe, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank, wrote,

Will globalization survive the gloom? The creeping revolt against globalization actually preceded the crash of 2008. Everywhere in the West, populism began to show its angry face at mid-decade. The two most dramatic instances were Germany and Austria, where populist parties scored big with a message of isolationism, protectionism, and redistribution. In Germany, it was left-wing populism; in Austria, it was a bunch of right-wing parties that garnered almost 30% in the 2008 election. Left and right together illustrated once more the “horseshoe” theory of modern politics: As the iron is bent backward, the two extremes almost touch.

Communism relies on a strong central government that says that citizens should work for the collective good (the people) and wealth should be redistributed equally. In another galaxy, democracy ( a mild version of communism) relies on a so-called strong decentralized government that says that citizens should work for the collective good (the state) and wealth should be redistributed equally. They may camouflage and manipulate you to believe in their own so-called [different] agenda but the principle behind this agenda is the expropriation, conscription, and infringement of your personal and economic liberty. Overall, they both do not make sense because they are ultimately the road to serfdom.

Ideologists from the left and right intend to expand the power of their monopolist (government) – at the expense of everyone else – but who pays for the cost? It’s you, stupid. Defending one against the other is a sign of Hegelian dialectics. It simply begets the culture of backfire effect, in your discussion, and nothing else. My previous blog highlights the feature of the left vs right politics.

Your real enemy is authoritarianism. The left-fascist and the right-fascist are driven by the principles of “situational leninism” (it’s good, when I do it. It’s bad, when you do it).

On a conclusive note, there is no difference between communism and democracy, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, democracy — by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide. It’s high time that you walk out from the political spectrum because you’re an anarchist.


There are only two (major) parties today: The Stupid Party and The Evil Party. Once in a while the two parties get together to do something that is both stupid and evil, and that’s called Bipartisanship. – Tom Woods

Left and right are different sides of the same coin.
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Prof. Jaimine Vaishnav is an anarcho-capitalist based in Mumbai, India. His hobbies are about defending the liberties of all his dissents without charging any fee.

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