Horseshoe Theory

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People who believe in the horseshoe theory argue that the Far-left and the Far-right are closer to each other than either is to the centrists.

Horseshoe Theory is an idea in political science. It says the Far-right is more similar to the Far-left than to the center-right and the Far-left is more similar to the Far-right than it is to the centre-left. Horseshoe Theory is often used as argument for the centrism.

The name Horseshoe Theory comes from the idea that politics is not a straight line from left to right but bent like a horseshoe so that the two ends (the far-left and the far-right) share more similarities with each other than compared to the middle (centrism).

Philosopher Jean-Pierre Faye invented Horseshoe Theory after seeing the Nazis (far right) and Soviets (far left) invade Poland near the beginning of World War II.[1]

Criticism[change | change source]

Criticism of Horseshoe Theory questions the idea of whether far-left ideologues really are as likely to support oppression like the far-right.

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References[change | change source]

  1. Noah Berlatsky (February 9, 2018). "Let's Put an End to 'Horseshoe Theory' Once and for All". Pacific Standard. Retrieved February 7, 2021.