Right-wing politics

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In politics, right and right-wing are generally used to describe support for an elitist and class-conscious society. Typically, a person with right-wing views would value tradition, support the concept of survival of the fittest, and believe that business shouldn’t be regulated. Put simply, the idea is that "we should all look after ourselves". Right wing people tend to believe they shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s education or health service. They favour the opportunity to succeed over equality.[1]

A study by Psychological Science in 2012 found that right-wing ideology "forms a ‘pathway’ for people with low reasoning ability to become prejudiced against groups such as other races and gay people", and that 'right-wingers' are generally less intelligent than their left-wing counterparts.[2]

The terms 'Left' and 'Right' were coined during the French Revolution, referring to the seating arrangement in the Estates General; those who sat on the left generally supported the radical changes of the revolution, including the creation of a republic and secularization.