Right


The word right derives from the Latin “directus” which means “direct”, “straight” or “rigid”, and it comes from an Indo-European root. This term, it is important to mention, has multiple meanings that may or may not be related; One of its main uses describes that member or extremity that is arranged on the side of the human body that opposes its heart. In the same way it is used for the situation or direction of a certain thing that is discovered on this opposite side to the one that is the heart of an individual. A particular use that is given to the word resides in the political field where right is a tendency or inclination that supports a conservative doctrine or ideology.

This phenomenon is also known as political right; This inclination admits, approves and spreads the existing social differences on a secondary level, which seeks greater equity or political participation. At present, the connotations of the political right are somewhat distorted, given that they have certain conflicting ideas; these are related to capitalist, liberal, religious or conservative leanings. In other words, it encompasses different ideological currents whose separation could be forceful, but which could also be compatible, which above all is based on the maintenance of the complete established social order.

The origin of the words political right and left come from the vote that took place on September 11, 1789, in the National Constituent Assembly that emanated from the so-called French Revolution, where the proposal for an article of the new constitution in which the absolute veto of the then king to the norms approved by the future Legislative Assembly was promulgated.

We can also find the so-called “extreme right” or “far right”, which are used to refer to those political parties with populist leanings, which maintain a discourse characterized by being authoritarian, ultra-nationalist, xenophobic, thus defending the national identity that does not defends democratic freedoms or the maintenance of institutions.