Why is left always right in political discourse? I raise the above question to understand why the leftist economic and political discourse always occupies a moral high-ground in debates in India as well as in many other places? For eg. , leftist are seen as pro-poor, environment saviors, champions of individual rights, assimilating etc. While in most places wherever left took a foothold in this and past century its actions always gave diametrically opposite results to what they claim in media reports. While the proponents of leftist ideology might argue that the governments which took power using left ideology and claimed to be Socialists/communists etc. were not true socialists/communists. But neither do we have perfect liberalism and capitalism anywhere, but these systems do not degrade themselves to such an extent. So lets not argue about what perfect socialism/communism because if we believe history these systems are not even feasible anyway. Coming back to the main question of this thread, why left sells so well? Why does India always pursue economic reforms through stealth? I could think of certain points: 1) Oversupply of JNU style intellectuals in India from the time of Nehru who gave them political support 2) Failure of right wing people to clearly articulate themselves. For eg. I am always right, but that does not mean I like seeing poor people or that I do not want to contribute to society. So is the left more articulate than the right? 3) Network of left wing intellectuals who also claim to be liberals and refuse entry of anyone in the league who disagree with them. This can mean media as well as academics. 4) Common people are naive who buy ideas of free food, TV etc more easily than asking for better governance So, lets discuss the various issues with this phenomenon pervading India and the world. We should also discuss the reasons behind its existence, the various examples of self-proclaimed superiority of leftist arguments and anything you believe make sense to discuss. Please do not resort to ad-hominems and I would specially request pro-left leaning posters to make the debate interesting by replying back to the points raised, rather then make it a one-sided left bashing thread(because I know large number of DFIians are far right).